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Windows 7: BSOD's Occouring randomly on daily basis

13 Jul 2014   #11
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

The overclock could possibly be causing the problem seeing as the i5-2500k's stock clock is 3.7GHz. It would be worth removing it and running stock clocks for a while just to be certain. The fact it bombed out in Prime95 could well be an indicator.


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13 Jul 2014   #12
aljowen

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Finished the long generic test with a pass.
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14 Jul 2014   #13
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

OK, let's rule out your memory next by running MemTest86+. I think we'll probably end up going back to your CPU though.
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14 Jul 2014   #14
aljowen

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Well. Today i decided to take a "disable all of the background software" approach. While i had tried not opening anything on boot i hadn't tried exiting some of the hardware related software. As far as i can tell it has worked since the computer has been running fine for 8 hours now.
I closed the following:
  • Mouse software
  • Steering wheel software
  • Asus motherboard software
  • Asus Xonar sound card software
  • Drop box (not hardware but closed it anyway just in case)
I will continue to test this strategy for a while just to make sure that im not just getting lucky today. Tomorrow i will try going through each piece of software to find out which was causing it and uninstall it.

I also updated my network drivers yesterday since they were 3 years out of date but that made no difference.
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15 Jul 2014   #15
aljowen

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I didn't have a single crash yesterday so i am pretty sure that must be the cause.

So i am going through each piece of hardware control software one at a time until the crashing stops to find out which is the problem.
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15 Jul 2014   #16
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Keeep us posted.
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15 Jul 2014   #17
aljowen

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Just did a full uninstall of Asus AI suite. Then ran the cleaner from their forums that removes all of the extra stuff that the uninstaller leaves behind. My boot up times are about 10 seconds faster now and once i get to my desktop i can start doing things straight away whereas before i had to wait about 40 seconds until the computer became responsive.
Im hoping that it was the cause, since i didn't use it that often as it was a set and forget type of software i decided i didn't need it anymore since everything has already been set up.
Its a nice bonus either way.
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15 Jul 2014   #18
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Yeah I keep meaning to uninstall AI Suite but keep forgetting, I'll get round to it one day.
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15 Jul 2014   #19
aljowen

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Had another BSOD this morning. So i closed my soundcards driver interface and no crashes since.

Which i guess makes a bit of sense since the original Asus drivers for the soundcard gave me constant BSOD issues, so i switched to the unofficial unified drivers. Seems that has developed the same issue. So i have uninstalled them too and installed the other version of the uni drivers which uses the C-Media interface rather that the Asus interface. But i have installed it so that neither interface is loaded on boot up, meaning it is on demand. Will post again if that works. Either way, another (much smaller) improvement in boot up times. Give me a few more days and i will have my computer to an almost brand new state
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16 Jul 2014   #20
aljowen

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yep, sound card drivers were the problem.

In case someone has the same issue with an Asus Xonar product:
  1. Save any unsaved work, close any un needed programs, your pc will need a reboot during this. None of your sound card settings will be carried over so you may want to back them up.
  2. Uninstall Asus audio drivers (control panel>Programs and features find it and click uninstall)
  3. Download new drivers from here: UNi Xonar Drivers official page (scroll down for download, get the latest version)
  4. Run the install exe.
  5. Make sure to select the "low dpc latency" version and not the Asus drivers when installing
  6. Let it finish the install process
  7. Let it reboot your computer
  8. New drivers are now installed. Everything should be fine.
  9. Adjust your audio settings got to start>all programs>UNi xonar audio> C-Media Audio panel
  10. Make sure that everything is correctly set up. Go back to C-Media Audio panel to fix it if not.
C-Media is the company that makes the DAC that is inside the xonar, asus just make a fancy skinned driver with a couple of extra features. Turns out C-Media know how to make stable drivers


Full list of feature differences in the drivers: UNi Xonar Features | MaxedTech
Keep in mind "normal" is their updated version of the Asus driver, not the original Asus driver.


Thanks for the help,
aljowen
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