Hi there, please can you help?
I realize this BSOD might be a commonly reported problem but the issues here seem not to have been addressed specifically by other threads so I hope I haven't opened a new thread unnecessarily. Anyhow, here goes...
Various pc problems have arisen since coming home from holiday last week:
Background: 2 months ago: installed samsung SSD to run a new install of Win 7 64bit - on Asus P5NE-SLI with newly installed AHCI controller card. Successful after some troubleshooting; ran fine for several weeks.
PC left for 2 weeks while on holiday: on return a few days ago pc had problems on start-up: blank screen; no/slow start-up then BSOD attached.
The problem now is specifically a start-up issue: very slow to boot windows; if I hit F8 or del then BIOS loads very slowly, if at all; windows loads but freezes part way through. It DOES eventually load but it doesn't seem stable: yesterday the pc restarted unprompted.
The clock time was incorrect by about 20minutes when I got home from holiday (cmos battery?)
So far, I have (in chronological order)...
cleaned out dust, checked for shorts and loose wires
run Prime95 stress tests: seems OK - no crashes; Speed Fan recorded CPU temps of >50C before I closed the program. On idle CPU is now 37C; GPU 47C
memtest run overnight: 7 passes no errors;
updated GPU driver
; run Furmark GPU stress test: all fine!
searched for other driver updates - none required (at least through windows)
run Samsung magician software to optimise performance of SSD
flashed Asus BIOS to most up to date version
one successful run of system repair through windows 7: no errors reported; but this took ages to access because of slow, unreliable start-ups and trouble accessing BIOS set up etc.
The pc still loads slowly and accessing BIOS is especially slow and windows loading freezes part-way through; (though it does crawl and load eventually). I am currently typing this on the pc, so it hasn't crashed again but I cannot rely on it and the start-up is troublesome and obviously not happy.
Next, I am planning to...
1. buy a new cmos battery and install it.
2. Keep the pc running for a while to see if that helps!!
After this, I am stuck!
I would be hugely grateful for any assistance with this problem, which has taken a lot of time while my two young lads are creating chaos in the next room!
thanks so much,