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Windows 7: BSOD while gaming?

07 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
BSOD while gaming?


I've recently been experiencing crashes and freezes whenever I start playing games. This afternoon I got my first BSOD (all the other times I would have to force a restart as nothing showed up on the screen, even after about 5 minutes)

I'm not really sure about how you are supposed to open the dump files, so here is an attachment of my .dmp file.

I really don't know what to do about this problem. So any help would be appreciated. Thank you!!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64


This is your network card driver, its before 2009 which are known to cause problems. Please update: Ralink-A MEDIATEK COMPANY

Also showing a fatal hardware error, please follow the following steps:

BugCheck 0x124

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 your hardware stop 0x124 crash, read through Stop 0x124 - what it means and what to try and use the following hardware checks to supplement that link.
  • If you are overclocking any hardware, please stop.

  • 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.

  • Run all but the advanced tests with SeaTools for HDDs.
    SeaTools for Windows

    SeaTools for DOS
  • Monitor temperatures during the following tests.
    Use the following programs to monitor the temperatures.
  • 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).

    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.

Coutesy of: writhziden
After post back results.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

thanks, i report back once i've tired the suggestions.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hi, sorry for the late reply. I tested the hard drives, no problems there. The graphics card was fine too. The first time I did the stress test it got to 78 degrees max (maintaining that for 45 mins). I then did the 15 min test with anti aliasing straight away at 1920x1080, and it peaked at 88degrees (which it maintained). After the tests I checked the temps, and they Returned to 40 within about a minute, and went down to 35 after a further 5 minutes. -- so I don't think it's an overheating problem. I then let the video memory stress test do about 7 passes, no errors were found.
The CPU's temperature never went above the 40s, but I have yet to test it properly as I spent most of the day testing the hard drives, graphics card, adding another fan to my case, clearing CMOS etc.
I'll test the CPU tomorrow, but I'm pretty sure that's not it. I'm starting to think it could be a problem with my RAM or PSU, as I left my room for about an hour (on windows desktop) only to come back and find that It had been frozen for the last 1/2 hour
I took out the stick of ram that i THINK is causing the problems, so if tomorrow I don't find a culprit, then I can assume that that is what was causing the problems.
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