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Windows 7: BSOD becoming more frequent at random times

06 Dec 2013   #1
cwilly8

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 
BSOD becoming more frequent at random times

Starting Tuesday night, I started getting BSOD. The zip file is attached.
Before the BSOD, the desktop PC didn't start the first two tries. It BSOD'd three times that night, once last night, and several times tonight. There doesn't seem to be a common thread that I can identify. I am going to post this (pre-BSOD) and add more details as I can.


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06 Dec 2013   #2
cwilly8

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

I am currently running memtest86 on the first stick of RAM (out of 4) in the PC. When I ran it with all 4 sticks installed, there were well over 100,000 errors. So I am now thinking it may be a bad memory stick.
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06 Dec 2013   #3
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

You're getting Thermal shutdowns that may also be corrupting disk. If you're overclocking, STOP! If this is a new build, check the seating of your cooler. If this is a build that's over a year old, do a good cleaning of the intakes, fans and heat sinks. If it's over two years old, replace the heat sink compound.

Once you've done that, monitor the system temperatures.
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06 Dec 2013   #4
cwilly8

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

No overclocking. The build is almost 2 years old. Does the thermal shutdown information come from the zip file I posted?

On the memory test, the first 3 sticks had zero errors. The 4th stick is still in progress, but already has over 70,000 errors.
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06 Dec 2013   #5
cwilly8

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

BTW, carwiz, a big Thank You for your help!
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06 Dec 2013   #6
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Try reseating the 4th stick and start it again. If you get that many errors, the module is toast. Also try it in a different slot.

Yes, the THERM was set in your System Event Log. A lot of them!
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06 Dec 2013   #7
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

You're welcome Willy. That's why we come here.
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07 Dec 2013   #8
cwilly8

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Carwiz, I removed the bad memory stick and its partner, leaving me with 8 GB. I also removed the heat sink/fan, cleaned off the old thermal paste, and reinstalled with new (Arctic Silver 5). As of now, no BSOD. Woo Hoo! I am running a HW monitor, and the max temperatures so far (after doing a little photo editing) are THRM 45C (113F) and CPU CORE 34C (93F). Are these decent numbers? They seem reasonable to me.

Again, thanks for your help.
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07 Dec 2013   #9
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Your welcome again. 34c is a real good number. You must be up North.

Keep an eye on it and if you have more problems, come on back. If you feel it's stable, run SFC /scannow from an elevated command prompt (Run as Administrator). This will check system files and attempt to repair missing or corrupt files. If you don't get an error message on the console, you're good to go. However, this doesn't check user files.
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