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Windows 7: Self-built gaming PC having BSODs and freezes; can't pinpoint cause.

05 Apr 2013   #51
x BlueRobot

 

Here's how to upload chkdsk results:If you mean the two BSODs you mentioned, then they are commonly related to Memory and Device Drivers, although from the other information you have provided, it seems to be a hard-drive issue.


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05 Apr 2013   #52
Dem0nGam3r

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Here's the chkdsk results.
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06 Apr 2013   #53
x BlueRobot

 

I couldn't see any errors, and thanks for uploading.
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06 Apr 2013   #54
Dem0nGam3r

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I tried doing a repair install of Windows, and once it finished I started to install Windows updates. It froze during the Windows updates and I had to crash the computer.

Now, this seems to pretty much rule out the possibility of corrupt system files (I think), but how could the crashes be unrelated to the alleged corrupt/missing system files? That's the reason it started crashing in the first place, and it hasn't stopped since. I don't see how it could have started out as a simple system error and then the hardware just magically deteriorated in the meantime.

Unless one of you knows what's wrong from putting all the info together I suppose the only thing to do at this point is catch up on my troubleshooting (I was hoping the problem would be fixed upon repairing Windows). I'll just have to follow-up on the GPU, RAM and hard drive tests and then draw more conclusions from there.

I thought I'd ask this in case y'all can offer some personal advice; would I be better off handing the PC over to a repair shop? Generally, do most repair shops have better means of troubleshooting than the average consumer, or do they just simply try the same kinds of tests that I can do here at home? Just thought I'd ask.
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07 Apr 2013   #55
TwoCables

 

Hmm. I recommend trying your luck at Overclock.net instead of allowing a repair shop to touch it.
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07 Apr 2013   #56
x BlueRobot

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dem0nGam3r View Post
I thought I'd ask this in case y'all can offer some personal advice; would I be better off handing the PC over to a repair shop? Generally, do most repair shops have better means of troubleshooting than the average consumer, or do they just simply try the same kinds of tests that I can do here at home? Just thought I'd ask.
I wouldn't go to a repair shop, they usually replace hardware which isn't causing the problem, so hopefully you will visit their store again and then charge you again.
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07 Apr 2013   #57
Dem0nGam3r

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thank you both for your opinions.

There's a local shop nearby that offers a diagnostic for a $35 flat fee, and once they find the cause of your problem you can optionally have them fix it, but you don't have to. However, I talked to one of the guys who runs the shop, and from what he said he pretty much will do what I have already done/can do (swapping GPU's, testing one stick or RAM at a time, probably run some similar or the same diagnostic programs etc.), so I have a feeling they can't help me much further anyway.

If I ever stop procrastinating , it would narrow down the possible causes if I would swap the GPU and test the RAM. Truth be told, I simply hate messing with my hardware (and that gt220 is stuck tight).

I'll get around to that soon, and I'll let y'all know when I do (or when I get another BSoD).

Oh, and what do you guys make of the "missing system files" thing? I still can't get over it, I was sure that that was the core problem.

Thanks for everything so far!
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07 Apr 2013   #58
x BlueRobot

 

Have you tried a Repair Install?
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07 Apr 2013   #59
Dem0nGam3r

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I already said I did before, didn't you see that post? I said:

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"I tried doing a repair install of Windows, and once it finished I started to install Windows updates. It froze during the Windows updates and I had to crash the computer.

Now, this seems to pretty much rule out the possibility of corrupt system files (I think), but how could the crashes be unrelated to the alleged corrupt/missing system files? That's the reason it started crashing in the first place, and it hasn't stopped since. I don't see how it could have started out as a simple system error and then the hardware just magically deteriorated in the meantime.

Unless one of you knows what's wrong from putting all the info together I suppose the only thing to do at this point is catch up on my troubleshooting (I was hoping the problem would be fixed upon repairing Windows). I'll just have to follow-up on the GPU, RAM and hard drive tests and then draw more conclusions from there."

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I should note, my computer seems to be running significantly slower since the repair (not too bad, but annoyingly so), but maybe I just need to reinstall a few drivers that got rolled back from the repair? I hope I didn't mess something up . I followed the same tutorial you linked.

Also, I got another blue screen a few minutes ago, but the dump file didn't save. In fact, the minidump folder seems to be missing since the repair. How do I correct this?
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07 Apr 2013   #60
TwoCables

 

One of the reasons I recommended Overclock.net is so that you have more than one community helping you. I have been a full-time member of Overclock.net for over 4 years, and I swear by them for helping fix almost any computer problem.
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