Thanks for taking the time to read this. I'll give some background into the issue I'm experiencing.
Several weeks ago, I began receiving several random BSOD but didn't think much of them at the time. I do not have the dumps, error codes, or timing of those. The only notable hardware or software events within the past few weeks were:
a) Removed then reinstalled the same LG Blu-ray Drive (Model GBC-H20L)
b) Updated Nvidia Geforce drivers to 310.70 (using a clean uninstallation of my previous drivers and installation of the new driver)
c) Removed and reinstalled Nvidia HD Audio drivers
It should be noted that my PC was booting up and running fine (save those random BSOD's) after
I made these changes. Fast forward to today, and I cannot boot into Windows. Specifically, whether I boot normally or into any type of Safe Mode, my PC:
a) Freezes upon attempting to restart or shut down from the login screen, sometimes giving me a BSOD.
b) Once logged in, at the welcome screen, hangs for several seconds and then freezes, usually giving me a BSOD.
These are two separate BSOD's which contained slightly different error codes:
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to actually load Windows to get any BSOD dump files. I have followed steps 1-8 in the Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start
thread to no avail. The only thing I haven't done is remove my HD to another computer to assess it with Malwarebytes. Here are the results of each step:
1) I only have one HD. Again, I cannot boot either normally or into any type of Safe Mode.
2) Ran Windows Defender Offline. Results:
Then ran Kaspersky Rescue. The results, which to me were unremarkable:
As noted above, I did not run Malwarebytes. Still BSOD and freezing as above.
3) Even though nothing was found, I ran sfc /scannow multiple times. There was nothing to fix. Still BSOD and freezing as above. I tried to run this again later, and it is now stuck in "System repair pending which requires reboot to complete".
4) Ran Startup Repair at least 3 times with reboots between each. There was nothing to fix. Still BSOD and freezing as above.
5) I skipped this step since, as far as I can tell, I did not need an installer. I'm able to load into System Recovery Options.
6) As with step 5, I don't think
I needed to do this step.
7) Ran System Restore. I had several restore points to choose from, going back several weeks. I tried two restore points that I know for sure were before my system was BSODing and freezing. However, after multiple attempts to restore, I received this error:
Still BSOD and freezing as above. I have a much earlier restore point (over a year ago), but I'm holding off on this as a very last resort.
8) Ran Partition Wizard and followed the instructions. Using System Reserved Partition as Active and upon rebooting after the third Startup Repair, my system ran a CHKDSK scan. Still BSOD and freezing as above. Setting my Windows 7 disk as Active did not work - I received a BOOTMGR missing error. I put the System Reserved Partition as Active again. Still BSOD and freezing as above.
I'm holding off doing a clean reinstall or restoring to that old restore point at this time in case there are other reasons for this issue or other, less drastic options available to fix it. Please let me know if any additional information would be helpful. I would love to at least get into Safe Mode to grab those dump files. My build is as follows:
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64
CPU: Intel Core i7-930
Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E
Memory: Patriot Viper 6GB
Graphics Card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 470
Hard Drive: WD 1TB 7200 RPM
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W
Thanks for the help!