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Windows 7: BSOD 19 times since May 2012

12 Aug 2012   #11
crash2009

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Step 9, Hard Drive Diagnostics

Ran the short test from SeaTools for Windows. No problems were discovered. Chkdsk was also run. Thought you might want to see CPUZ.


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12 Aug 2012   #12
crash2009

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Step 10, Cabling

Did not disconnect Floppy or Cd drives. Did re-install the Atheros Network Adapter with a new driver.
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12 Aug 2012   #13
crash2009

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Step 11, Check Temps

Core Temp is a nice little utility. When it's running, CPU core temps are displayed in the taskbar, down by the clock. I like it.
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12 Aug 2012   #14
crash2009

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Step 12, Device Manager

No Errors in Device Manager. Hardware auto-update is turned on.
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12 Aug 2012   #15
crash2009

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Step 13, Display Driver

Not going to go there until it is determined nescesary. Skipped Step 14 as well.
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12 Aug 2012   #16
crash2009

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Step 15, SFC /SCANNOW

Nice tool. Just used the verify switch. No Problems that I can see. I like the log file feature.
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13 Aug 2012   #17
crash2009

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Step 13, Display Driver

I originally skipped step 13 until it appeared to be necesary. Win 7 started whining about, I forget, but it had something to do with the AMD HD 3200. So, I uninstalled it from Uninstal or change a Program. As you can see in the screencap the "old" driver is 8.0.873.0 and the "new" one is 8.0.881.0

This one step likely accounted for the biggest increase in responsiveness. By the time I got to this step, I had allready pulled 2 sticks of ram. The computer is more responsive running on 4 GB with the new driver, compared to 8 GB and the old driver. I can hardly wait till I can figure out the ram problem.
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13 Aug 2012   #18
crash2009

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Step 31, BIOS Upgrade

I was running American Megatrends bios version 1501. Today I upgraded to version 1701. Prior to upgrading I reset all the bios settings back to their defaults and removed the 2 possibly problematic ram sticks (sticks 3,4).

After the upgrade to ver 1701, I tried moving the sticks around a bit. Sticks 1,2 work good in slot 1,2. Sticks 3,4 in slot 3,4 cause no boot. Sticks 3,4 in slot 1,2 cause no boot. So I pulled sticks 3,4 to try in another machine. Not sure if slot 3,4 is no good or stick 3,4 is no good. All I do know for sure is I get no boot when both 3,4's are involved.

Strange huh?
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14 Aug 2012   #19
crash2009

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Ram Modules

Cannot see any visible signs of damage to stick 3,4. The only thing that does attract a second look is on stick 3. I have highlighted what appears to be a burn. Actually it's just more of a discoloration.

Ram modules 1,2 work fine in slot 1,2. When I install module 3 in slot 3, I lose dual channel. Module 4 in slot 4 causes BSOD. MEMORY MANAGEMENT ERROR

Motherboard is a M4A78PRO running Version 1701 bios.

All bios settings are set to AUTO except for:

AI OVERCLOCK = MANUAL
DRAM FREQUENCY CONTROL = MANUAL
DRAM FREQUENCY = 800
TCL = 5 CLOCKS
TRCD = 5 CLOCKS
TRP = 5 CLOCKS
TRTP = AUTO
TRAS = AUTO
TRC = 18 CLOCKS
TWR = AUTO
TRRD = AUTO

DRAM VOLTAGE = 1.99
NBVOLTAGE = AUTO
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16 Aug 2012   #20
crash2009

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Step 13, Display Driver

It appears to me that the new display driver has caused some "Combing". 411 Ctrl D displays some evidence of the 29/59 bug.
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