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Windows 7: Random, frequent BSOD. Mostly 0x124. Still happening after new install

14 Mar 2015   #1
KenjiJU

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Random, frequent BSOD. Mostly 0x124. Still happening after new install

Will be editing this as I go as I may BSOD. I lost my longer post being logged out.

Started last Saturday playing the new Resident Evil. I'd been playing a week already. I don't think it was particularly taxing on my system. Hit a BSOD, likely 0x124. Afterwards it was occurring consistently after login, or near login. Occasionally happening during the windows animation and in safe mode.

-disconnected other drives
-Removed Video Card (still removed)
-Uninstalled graphics drivers and remnants
-updated BIOS and motherboard drivers
-memtest86 (first time ran fine), ran a second time after updating BIOS and gave errors immediately
-replaced RAM sticks, same results
-ran verifier and cleaned a couple old drivers out (powerISO, clonedrive)
-ran Malwarebytes and MSE when I was able (MSE destroyed after BSODing while it was busy)
-ran diskcheck with no errors, ran sfc scannow with repairs, startup repairs

Attempted Reinstall - BSOD on first attempt. Second attempt successful, with BSOD shortly after installing network adapter.
-disabled network adapter, BSOD still occurred


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14 Mar 2015   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Code:
Host Name:                 KENJI-PC
OS Name:                   Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 
OS Version:                6.1.7600 N/A Build 7600
OS Manufacturer:           Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration:          Standalone Workstation
OS Build Type:             Multiprocessor Free
Registered Owner:          Kenji
Its pointless troubleshooting a BSOD on an installation with outdated system files. The first thing to do is update Windows 7 fully - you have a quite a lot of updates to install.
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14 Mar 2015   #3
KenjiJU

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The BSODs are interrupting downloads and updates frequently. A full update is significantly further off for me, if even possible.

Should I try to gather the old minidumps before the new install?
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14 Mar 2015   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KenjiJU View Post
-memtest86 (first time ran fine), ran a second time after updating BIOS and gave errors immediately
-replaced RAM sticks, same results
Check RAM with 8 consecutive passes of MemTest86+
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14 Mar 2015   #5
KenjiJU

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Did it have to be 86+ specifically, or will 86 work? I couldn't get 86+ working on either USB/DVD.

I just tested the two brand new corsair sticks I bought and they came up full of errors right away and stopped memtest from going further. I tried all 4 sticks in various slots one at a time and they all BSOD. It gets quicker every time now.

Since there's a parade of errors, is the mobo suspect? I checked for damage on all of my sticks and didn't see anything.

Also forgot to mention I haven't OC'd anything in my machine.


Thanks for your time, Golden.
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14 Mar 2015   #6
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

It must be MemTest86+......MemTest86 is not good enough, I have seen it report errors where there weren't any, and vice versa.

See if this helps:
RAM - Test with Memtest86+
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14 Mar 2015   #7
KenjiJU

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

That got it running. Yea, they're still coming back with errors immediately and go until the program drops out.
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14 Mar 2015   #8
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KenjiJU View Post
That got it running. Yea, they're still coming back with errors immediately and go until the program drops out.
What do you mean by "program drops out"? It should just keep running......can you take a photo of what you are seeing during the test, and upload that here so we can be sure please?
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14 Mar 2015   #9
KenjiJU

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The errors go up immediately and around 7-12 errors it just hangs/freezes or black screen restart. This is the same as what was happening in Memtest86. One time it did say 'Unexpected Interruption'.

Edit: Hmm.. looking up other peoples' images with hundreds to thousands of errors racked up, mine seems to be acting strange then.

Before I flashed my BIOS as part of the troubleshooting, memtest86 wasn't acting like that. It may have eventually given me some errors ( I didn't run it very long), but the difference between the two states was all clear vs immediate errors. Though, as far as BSOD frequency before and after the BIOS flash, it was about the same.

Tomorrow I'll try installing Win on my other SSD and see if my current one is the culprit. I'll try an earlier BIOS version as well, in case the new one was causing bad readings.
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14 Mar 2015   #10
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

In the BIOS, are the RAM timings set to auto?
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