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Windows 7: Random BSOD while gaming or idle

20 Jan 2013   #11
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Is that CPU temps or video card temps?

Except for a Nvidia daemon (possibly some type of auto update) it appears the drivers are the 310.90 release.
I'm drawing a blank except for Spybot.

While looking at your system in detail, I did see that you are running Spybot with the Tea Timer turned on. That's a no-no for Windows 7. It could have prevented critical updates to the Registry. It will most likely slow down most modern AV monitors too. You also have SD helper turned on. This is not necessary and is probably incompatible with your ESET AV. You can use Spybot to keep your Hosts file updated but I advise against running the resident portions.

Start the Spybot program then navigate to Tools > Resident. Un-check both boxes, exit then reboot.

Run SFC /scannow from an elevated command prompt. Report back on console errors.


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20 Jan 2013   #12
xTko

Windows 7 x64
 
 

That is GPU temps. CPU temps are at ~20-27 at idle. Again I can't check my temps under load because it always crashes.

I uninstalled SpyBot and removed any traces I could find of it.

Ran SFC /scannow: No integrity violations found.

Since SpyBot could have blocked some of my registry updates should I reinstall certain drivers or reformat?
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20 Jan 2013   #13
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

I use Spybot to keep my Hosts file updated but that's all. Updates usually come out on Tuesday or Wednesday so I run it once a week just to get updates then "Immunize". That's what updates the Hosts file. It's called Passive Protection". It stops a lot of junk from even being read.

The scan will attempt to repair Windows standard registry entries but I don't think it knows about any type of third party driver parameters other than their registration. One way to check would be to open the graphics properties and make sure all the parameters are set to match your display. If any Reg entries are missing, it should create them if not a default option.

The next item to check is memory. Fire up Memtest86+ and let it run over night or until you start getting a lot of errors if you're watching it. You should run it for at least 6 or 7 passes and it could take up to an hour per pass.

Forgot to mention: The temps look good.
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21 Jan 2013   #14
xTko

Windows 7 x64
 
 

That's good information to know about SpyBot, thanks.

I will run a memory test tonight and see what happens.

On a side note. Since your initial guess was my video card I decided to replace my GTX570 with my 9800GTX+ from my old build. The issue seems to have stopped but I cannot say for certain without running it for a longer period of time. While using my GTX570 I would get a restart within 1-10 min of starting a game and sometimes randomly without even loading a game, just running videos in flash. While I am using the 9800GTX+ I have yet to receive a random restart. I will use this card for the next couple of days to see if I get any errors. If I do not receive any errors would you agree that the video card is most likely the issue?
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21 Jan 2013   #15
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Hardware can certainly be an issue. The TDR error is caused by the driver not responding back to Windows after it issued a reset to the video card. If the card doesn't respond, the driver lags telling the OS it's complete so Windows issues the TDR (timeout). The first choice it to make sure the drivers are compatible and up to date since this is usually the cause. Since yours are, we start looking at hardware issues like dirty slots and/or flaky memory. These are cheap tests before condemning a piece a hardware though. Having a spare card sure makes it easier.

Keep us up to date on the outcome.
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22 Jan 2013   #16
xTko

Windows 7 x64
 
 

8 Passes 0 Errors on the Memtest.

No restarts last night with the 9800GTX+, so we will see how tonight goes.
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22 Jan 2013   #17
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Great so far.
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31 Jan 2013   #18
xTko

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Almost 2 full weeks without a restart while running my 9800GTX+ but there is a new symptom.

When I start my PC I am receiving an anti-surge warning from my BIOS every time I boot my computer.

Could it be my PSU is the issue and not the video card? My GTX570 does require two 6-PIN connectors while my 9800GTX+ only requires one.
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