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Windows 7: Seemingly random BSODs, lots of different error messages

27 Sep 2012   #1
cretin

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Seemingly random BSODs, lots of different error messages

New build, did it myself. Have rebuilt from scratch in the past, made sure no static etc. Not overclocked at all.

System:
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
i7 3770k
16gb corsair vengence RAM
GTX 285
Kingston Hyper-X 120gb boot drive
3 SATA data drives
Bluray SATA drive
Corsair AX750 PSU
Silverstone Raven RV02E Case

I don't know when the blue screens started, but it wasn't straight from the off. It must have been about 1-2weeks later. I've tried quite a lot of things! This is what I remember doing (not in order):

* Ran memtest86. No errors after 2 passes
* Updated BIOS to latest version
* Set the BIOS back to defaults (I had it on 'performance mode')
* Updated SSD firmware to latest version
* Uninstalled Daemon Tools lite after reading something on here. Not sure if I managed to get the driver too
* Lots of the blue screen errors were Atheros, so dug around with alternate drivers for my TP Link wireless card, then uninstalled it, removed it and started using the ASUS onboard one
* Updated all the mobo utilities and drivers from the ASUS site
* Updated the Nvidia drivers (clean install)
* Unplugged my Wacom
* Switched SSD cable and port (using the onboard ports rather than 3rd party)
* Monitored temps with CoreTemp running Prime95 (80 degrees max), no bsod
* Monitored temps with Furmark (87 degrees max), no bsod

Currently I've taken 3 sticks of RAM out and plan to test all of them individually in all slots.

The bsod almost never occurs in light use or idle. Quite often it happens when Steam is downloading and I'm using a browser as well. It always happens when I'm gaming (Trine 2 or Rage), usually not too long after I start. It can happen fairly often with mild multitasking - just VLC and Chrome, and sometimes doesn't happen with heavier multitasking - VLC, Chrome, Photoshop, WMP, lots of Explorer windows. It happens so randomly I'm writing this in a text file and saving every sentence.

I'm getting most of my ideas from this forum but have decided to bite the bluetit and ask for some personalised expert advice!


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28 Sep 2012   #2
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Welcome aboard.

► First you fill up your system specs.
See your system specs and fill it up here.

► Your crash dumps are not showing any finite probable cause. In such a situation, it is better to enable Driver Verifier to monitor the drivers.

Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable

Run Driver Verifier for 24 hours or the occurrence of the next crash, whichever is earlier.

Let us know the results, with the subsequent crash dumps, if any.
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28 Sep 2012   #3
cretin

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi, and thanks for looking.

I followed your post, filled in my system spec and then did the verifier process as described in the walkthrough.

It blue screened about 10 mins into normal use. At the time I was playing music and copying music files from data drive to usb stick. Steam was downloading Crysis and I was browsing in Chrome.

It didn't automatically restart following the memory dump, so I manually restarted. When it booted it was running really slowly. I forgot to disable Verifier and began the SF_Diagnostic_Tool process to copy the dumps. While retrieving System Info it bluescreened. No auto restart, so I manually restarted. This time I saw a quick BSOD in the boot sequence, and it auto restarted.

It booted again, things very slow again. I disabled the Verifier and restarted. Once it booted, it bluescreened straight away, auto restart, another dump copy, this post!
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01 Oct 2012   #4
cretin

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quick update: After another bsod it refused to boot, saying bootmgr was missing. It had done this previously and i'd got rid of it by fiddling, but this time i figured a fresh install might help me diagnose.

So, one fresh install later, plus a few drivers (chipset, audio and gfx) i figure i'll leave it playing a video file and go shopping to see if it bsods while i'm gone. It bsods 5mins in before i even leave!

This makes me think its likely hardware. Would i be right in thinking that? I'll install network drivers and post dumps asap!

Sorry for the grammar i had to send this on my phone!
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01 Oct 2012   #5
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Startup Repair

Run it three times. Run, restart, run, restart, run, restart, and see if it boots or not.
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01 Oct 2012   #6
cretin

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Bit late for that! I guess we must have posted at a similar time!
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02 Oct 2012   #7
cretin

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

So I took the graphics card out and am using onboard. No blue screens as yet but haven't thought to run driver verifier yet! Also going to put my old graphics card in to see if it's card or slot
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02 Oct 2012   #8
cretin

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

So, it has bluescreened again without the graphics card. A Chrome tab crashed just prior to the bluescreen. Attached are dumps.

I'm really hoping they show something!
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02 Oct 2012   #9
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

You need to enable verifier now. The dump is not specific about the causes of the crash.
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03 Oct 2012   #10
cretin

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Enabled verifier, opened a bunch of stuff, as far as I can tell bsod occurred when I opened 2 instances of flash in Chrome, but who knows. Dumps attached
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