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Windows 7: Narrowing Down cause of BSOD

01 Oct 2014   #1
TheSaganite

Windows 7 Ultimate Home 64bit
 
 
Narrowing Down cause of BSOD

I've been fighting BSOD on my custom PC for about a year, and I have re-installed the OS with a clean boot and replaced the hard drive in my efforts to get the thing to stop crashing. It crashes seemingly at random, but will ALWAYS crash when I try to install Windows 8 or back-up the hard-drive. I'm downloading Shadow of Mordor right now and it's crashed about three times since I started.

With the clean boot, it still crashed (even without any of the third-party drivers) and the new HDD did not do much to help me, either.

The RAM has passed every test I've thrown at it.

I now suspect that the culprit is either a faulty motherboard or a faulty CPU, or perhaps a third culprit but I'm leaning towards a hardware issue because of the clean-boot

dmp files are included

Any advice is appreciated


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01 Oct 2014   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

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Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck A, {fffffa802813a010, 2, 1, fffff8000337ecb6}

Probably caused by : memory_corruption ( nt!MiReleaseConfirmedPageFileSpace+86 )

Followup: MachineOwner
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Run a minimum of 8 passes, preferably overnight, or until errors occur using MemTest86+.

Reference this tutorial to help you use MemTest86+:
RAM - Test with Memtest86+
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02 Oct 2014   #3
TheSaganite

Windows 7 Ultimate Home 64bit
 
 

I am on pass 6 of 9 using Windows Memory Diagnostic tool while I wait for an opportunity to get a blank flash drive. No problems detected yet. Is that tool comparable to Memtest86+?
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03 Oct 2014   #4
TheSaganite

Windows 7 Ultimate Home 64bit
 
 

Whoa! So I ran Memtest86+ and it came up EXTREMELY corrupt. The second ram stick was the culprit, so the Windows Memory Diagnostic I've been using was completely useless in diagnosing it. Am now isolating which slot or stick is broken, thanks a lot!
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03 Oct 2014   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Correct. MemTest86+ is by far the only tool that thoroughly tests RAM properly. All other tools are useless.
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