I'm following through each step thoroughly...however having a few issues...this is what i've done so far for each step... 1) Ensure that none of the hardware components are overclocked. Hardware that is driven beyond its design specifications - by overclocking - can malfunction in unpredictable ways.
I'm not sure how to check if my components are overclocked, is there a specific way to do this?. Here are my details from 'Periform Speccy' with given temps'
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU
Intel Core i7 2820QM @ 2.30GHz 47 °C
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology RAM
16.0 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (9-9-9-27) Motherboard
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. G73Sw (CPU 1) 58 °C Graphics
Generic PnP Monitor (1920x1080@60Hz)
1536MB GeForce GTX 460M (ASUStek Computer Inc) 41 °C Hard Drives
466GB Seagate ST9500420AS (SATA) 38 °C
932GB SAMSUNG HN-M101MBB (SATA) 30 °C Optical Drives
MATSHITA BD-MLT UJ240AS Audio
Line 6 UX2 2) Ensure that the machine is adequately cooled. If there is any doubt, open up the side of the PC case (be mindful of any relevant warranty conditions!) and point a mains fan squarely at the motherboard. That will rule out most (lack of) cooling issues.
Does not seem to be overheating.... 3) Update all hardware-related drivers: video, sound, RAID (if any), NIC... anything that interacts with a piece of hardware. It is good practice to run the latest drivers anyway.
A number of updates were found using third party driver update detector 'driver genius professional 11' (23 drivers) were found. I installed a few updates it states. However one update was disruptive to my audio (not sure what driver update did this). It made it very tinny and extremely bad distorted quality
So I decided to do a windows system restore before the installed driver updates. This is how far I am with my driver updates afraid to say. But my audio quality is back to normal. 4) Update the motherboard BIOS according to the manufacturer's instructions. Their website should provide detailed instructions as to the brand and model-specific procedure.
I contacted ASUS today regarding this task they suggested my BIOS would be updated via ASUS live update. They suggest I back up my drives externally and do a complete re-installation of windows by pressing F9 key at start (which I have not done as of yet, just in case i solve this BSOD problem with your steps). They also suggested if the re-installation does not fix the BSOD it will need repairing. 5) Rarely, bugs in the OS may cause "false positive" 0x124 events where the hardware wasn't complaining but Windows thought otherwise (because of the bug). At the time of writing, Windows 7 is not known to suffer from any such defects, but it is nevertheless important to always keep Windows itself updated.
All windows updates installed correctly...
that's pretty much how far i've got. I'm just backing my driver documents externally on a separate hard drive.
Anything you suggest in my case,