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Windows 7: BSOD playing Battlefield 3, Started in Last 2 weeks


11 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
BSOD playing Battlefield 3, Started in Last 2 weeks

Hey guys, for some reason whenever I'm playing Battlefield 3 after 10-20 minutes I will get a BSOD. First time I have a BSOD issue I can't solve so I need your help! I build my own computer and for friends, this is the 6th computer I've built and I've never had any problems until now. This is not a new computer, it has been running problem free for 2.5 years now (specs below)

At first I thought it was the new Xonar DG I installed in my computer, but I have removed that and wiped clean the drivers with Driver Fusion (a driver cleaner). This was fafter trying different drivers for the card.

I have also wiped all the Realtek drivers, and onboard sounds remains DISABLED. I am currently using the computer without sound.

However the BSOD still happens after playing BF3 for 10-20mins. So I updated my nvidia drivers from the latest beta ones to the latest WHQL ones. This was a clean driver installed, the old ones were completely removed. No go BSOD still happens.

I did a memory test with windows memory tool cause I thought my ram might be acting up but no problems were reported. I do have a windows pagefile, so that can't be the issue either, anyway I have never had this problem since I built this computer 2.5 years ago.

I have also reinstalled BF3 but the issue still persists. I do not want to do a clean install of windows if I don't have to, it's abit of a hassle, but of course if the problem is there then I will.

BSOD never happens if I'm not playing BF3. If I was downloading something the computer would be fine. BF3 has on occasion froze when the level is loading and I am still in the windows battlelog screen on Google Chrome, but this is rare, usually it's after playing the game for 10-20 minutes.

No evidence of CPU or Graphics card overheating. Ambient room temperature is 18-20 degrees. Was playing Just Cause 2 over 3 days ago for over 2 hours, no BSOD or crashes. Just tried running Geeks3D Furmark for 10 minutes, GPU temperatures never went up above 80 degrees celcius and CPU temperatures never went up above 53 degrees Celsius for any of the 4 cores. (This is with the Xtreme burn-in test with max AA and post Fx)

Seatools brought back no errors for all drives with the Short Drive Self Tests.

Specs:
Motherboard: Gigabyte P55 UD4P (latest bios flashed, no overclocking done)
CPU: Intel Core i7 860 (not overclocked running at stock, custom cooler)
Graphics Card: Nvidia 560Ti Hawk by MSI (latest video drivers WHQL)
Ram: 2 sticks of 8GB DDR3 2 sticks of 4GB DDR3 both running at the same stock speeds (again windows memory test revealed no issues)
HDDs: All sata 2 NOT RAID, 3 drives 2 by Western Digital (3 years old), 1 by Segate (4 years old)
PSU: Andyson 650W (this is a good quality modular PSU not the cheap stuff you buy from anywhere)
Optical Drive: HP Blu Ray SATA

Could it still be bad ram or bad SATA cables?

Appreciate the help! Thanks!

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11 Oct 2012   #2

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

just because windows mem test shows no errors does not guarantee your ram is ok.

take all ram sticks out but one and see if you can emulate the fault ?
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11 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ickymay View Post
just because windows mem test shows no errors does not guarantee your ram is ok.

take all ram sticks out but one and see if you can emulate the fault ?
Okay I'm just ran me test v4.20 and 75% through pass 1 I have come up with 2errors.

But then I swapped around the ram sticks in their slots and ran mem test again thus time there are no errors! What!

I know this sounds stupid but could this be a corrupt windows 7 installation issue where a restore would work? (discounting the memtest error of course)

Thanks guys.
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12 Oct 2012   #4

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iztis View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ickymay View Post
just because windows mem test shows no errors does not guarantee your ram is ok.

take all ram sticks out but one and see if you can emulate the fault ?
Okay I'm just ran me test v4.20 and 75% through pass 1 I have come up with 2errors.

But then I swapped around the ram sticks in their slots and ran mem test again thus time there are no errors! What!

I know this sounds stupid but could this be a corrupt windows 7 installation issue where a restore would work? (discounting the memtest error of course)

Thanks guys.
normally any error with Ram tests means at least a bad stick or a bad slot or a bad combination of sticks, debugging with accuracy can be tricky and needs to be done by keeping it very simple.

First shot please just use one ram stick and play BF3 until you get a bluescreen ......
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12 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

alright thanks ickymay. I'll do a clean install of windows first and work from there.

I wonder if it could be that the 2 sticks of 8gb are of a different brand than the 2 sticks of 4gb?

but they were running fine for the last 8 months...?

will increasing the memory voltage help? its set to auto now and hovers around 1.5V...maybe if i up it to 1.6V?
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12 Oct 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Can someone explain to me what this error means in memtest?

Appreciate it!
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13 Oct 2012   #7

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

If you do a clean install then test with one stick you will be changing two parameters which can only lead to confusion

Just test with one stick and work from there please or your going to lose my input here
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