Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.



Windows 7: BSOD random intervals Windows 7 sony VAio Stop: 0x000000F4

10 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
BSOD random intervals Windows 7 sony VAio Stop: 0x000000F4

x86 (32-bit) or x64 ?
64
- the original installed OS on the system?
yes
- an OEM or full retail version?
OEM
- OEM = came pre-installed on system - Full Retail = you purchased it from retailer - What is the age of system (hardware)?
Purchased december 2009
- What is the age of OS installation (have you re-installed the OS?)
Reinstalled July 2011


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

11 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Problematic Software:
Code:
Start Menu\Programs\DriverBoost	Public:Start Menu\Programs\DriverBoost	Public
  • We do not recommend automated driver update software. It often finds drivers for devices similar to but not exactly the same as the hardware actually on the system. This can lead to conflicts and blue screen crashes. If you need help finding driver updates for a certain device, please start a thread in Drivers - Windows 7 Forums instead of using software. Driver updates are not always necessary and some updates can actually decrease system stability rather than increase it, so it is usually better not to update unless a device or its driver is causing problems with the system. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
The above is especially true for laptops. Laptop drivers should only be downloaded from the vendor: Sony. Downloading them from other sources provides drivers that may or may not work with the power scheme your vendor created for the system.


The most recent .dmp file you had was from February. The BugCheck code you give indicates a hard disk related problem. This could mean hard disk corruption, bad sectors, a failing hard disk, Windows files or registry corruption, viruses, or memory problems.
  • If you are overclocking any hardware, please stop.

  • Run Disk Check with both boxes checked for all HDDs and with Automatically fix file system errors checked for all SSDs. Post back your logs for the checks after finding them using Check Disk (chkdsk) - Read Event Viewer Log (you may need to search for wininit instead of chkdsk).
    For any drives that do not give the message:
    Windows has checked the file system and found no problems
    run disk check again as above. In other words, if it says:
    Windows has made corrections to the file system
    after running the disk check, run the disk check again.

  • Run the short and long tests with SeaTools for HDDs.
    SeaTools for Windows

    SeaTools for DOS
  • If you have an SSD, make sure the following are up to date:
    • SSD firmware
    • BIOS Version
    • Chipset Drivers
    • Hard disk controller drivers/SATA drivers
    • If you have a Marvell IDE ATA/ATAPI device, make sure the drivers are up to date from the Intel site or Marvell site and not from your motherboard/vendor support site.

  • Check Windows for corruption. Run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker up to three times to fix all errors with a restart in between each. Post back if it continues to show errors after a fourth run or if the first run comes back with no integrity violations. Use OPTION THREE of SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker to provide us with the sfcdetails.txt file if errors occur.

  • Download and install Malwarebytes, update it, do not start the free trial, and then run a full scan. Also run a full scan with your antivirus software installed on your system. If you do not have antivirus software installed, see the Good and Free system security combination. for better security steps and scanning tools. Make sure to update the security software before running the full scan.

  • Run the boot version of Memtest86+ paying close attention to Parts 2 and 3 of the tutorial. Also, in case Memtest86+ misses anything and comes up with no errors, run the extended version of the Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool for at least five passes. These you may want to run overnight since they take a long time to complete (run them an hour before bed each of the next two nights and check before going to sleep that they are still running).
    warning   Warning
    Before you proceed with the following, answer these two questions: Are you still under warranty? Does your warranty allow you to open up the machine to check hardware? If you are unsure of the answers to these questions, contact your system manufacturer. WARNING: The steps that follow can void your warranty!!!

    For Part 3: If You Have Errors: If you swap any memory components, follow these steps for ESD safety:
    1. Shut down and turn off your computer.
    2. Unplug all power supplies to the computer (AC Power then battery for laptops, AC power for desktops)
    3. Hold down the power button for 30 seconds to close the circuit and ensure all power drains from components.
    4. Make sure you are grounded by using proper grounding techniques, i.e. work on an anti-static workbench, anti-static desk, or an anti-static pad. Hold something metallic while touching it to the anti-static surface, or use an anti-static wristband to attach to the anti-static material while working. If you do not have an anti-static workbench, desk, or pad, you can use your computer tower/case by finding a metal hold in it, such as a drive bay.
    Once these steps have been followed, it is safe to remove and replace components within your computer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I've followed all the different tests and while a couple of them found a few things (malwarbytes removed a couple files) there didn't seem to be anything critical/could not resolve. I've attached the chkdsk logs. Since I've started this process I have not gotten a single crash, although the crashes were so intermittent before that I'm hesitant to say that I'm completely in the clear at this point.
Thanks so much for the help
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


12 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Disk check looks clean. Anything found by Malwarebytes may indicate something causing crashes. We'll have to wait and see.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

After several days of completely clean performance it crashed again. This was while I was playing Civ ii ( a game I installed after all of these procedures). And has since been crashing during random times seemingly regardless of what is running. The crashes have been less frequent, at about one every two hours but they have returned
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Please provide the latest reports: http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...tructions.html
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I've attached the latest reports
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Update your Atheros Wireless Network Adapter driver from Sony eSupport - Electronics.


To fully re-install your Atheros Network Adapter driver, use the following steps.
  1. First, download the latest Atheros Network Adapter driver. Then do the next steps.
  2. Click Start Menu
  3. Right Click My Computer/Computer
  4. Click Manage
  5. Click Device Manager from the list on the left
  6. Expand Network adapters
  7. Right click the Atheros Network Adapter device
  8. Click Uninstall (do not click OK in the dialog box that pops up after hitting Uninstall)
  9. Put a tick in Delete driver software for this device and hit OK
  10. Do not restart your computer.
  11. Install the latest driver for the Atheros Network Adapter device.

Alternatively:
  1. Login as an adminstrative user.
  2. First, download the latest Atheros Network Adapter driver. Then do the next steps.
  3. Click Start Menu
  4. Click Control Panel
  5. Click Hardware and Sound
  6. Click Device Manager (the last link under Devices and Printers)
  7. Expand Network adapters
  8. Right click the Atheros Network Adapter device
  9. Click Uninstall (do not click OK in the dialog box that pops up after hitting Uninstall)
  10. Put a tick in Delete driver software for this device and hit OK
  11. Do not restart your computer.
  12. Install the latest driver for the Atheros Network Adapter device.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thats done and it did remove the little yellow caution sign. Thanks!

Another BSOD stop 0xf4 thing happened. I've redone the scans and attached the latest resultsAttachment 217615
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Update your wireless driver with Sony eSupport - VGN-NW270F - Drivers & Software
  1. Click Start Menu
  2. Right Click My Computer/Computer
  3. Click Manage
  4. Click Device Manager from the list on the left
  5. Expand Network adapters
  6. Right click the Atheros network device
  7. Click Uninstall (do not click OK in the dialog box that pops up after hitting Uninstall)
  8. Put a tick in Delete driver software for this device and hit OK
  9. Do not restart your computer
  10. Install the downloaded driver for the Atheros network device.

Alternatively:
  1. Login as an adminstrative user.
  2. Click Start Menu
  3. Click Control Panel
  4. Click Hardware and Sound
  5. Click Device Manager (the last link under Devices and Printers)
  6. Expand Network adapters
  7. Right click the Atheros network device
  8. Click Uninstall (do not click OK in the dialog box that pops up after hitting Uninstall)
  9. Put a tick in Delete driver software for this device and hit OK
  10. Do not restart your computer
  11. Install the downloaded driver for the Atheros network device.


Update your Sony Firmware Extension Parser (SFEP) driver: Sony eSupport - VPCEH290X - Drivers & Software

The above SFEP driver is not for your laptop model, but it will work with your model.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 BSOD random intervals Windows 7 sony VAio Stop: 0x000000F4





Thread Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: BSOD random intervals Windows 7 sony VAio Stop: 0x000000F4
Thread Forum
BSOD random intervals, STOP error 0x0000007E, iaStor.sys BSOD Help and Support
Blue Screen error 0x000000f4 at random intervals BSOD Help and Support
BSOD - random. STOP error 0x000000f4 BSOD Help and Support
Random BSOD. Tried re-installing. STOP 0x000000F4 BSOD Help and Support
Random BSOD - Stop 0x000000F4 ntoskrnl.exe BSOD Help and Support
Random BSOD occurances, STOP: 0x000000F4 BSOD Help and Support
Random BSOD: STOP 0x000000f4 BSOD Help and Support

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:27 AM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33