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Windows 7: BSOD possibly cured but not sure.

09 Jan 2016   #1
AMJordan

Windows 7 Profesional x64
 
 
BSOD possibly cured but not sure.

Hi Folks, new here and looking for advice regarding my BSOD issue. I have attached the relevent file as recomended.

I built this machine a couple of weeks before Xmas. Loaded the OS and drivers then updated everything. Before starting to browse the internet I attempted to load antivirus, Bullguard as I already have an account. The setup program would unpack everything and then attempt to scan the machine. When it got to 15% it would BSOD with an Unknown Hardware error message. This happened everytime I tried to load it.

To enable me to use the internet to trouble shoot the problem I then installed Avira free antivirus with no problems.

I contacted Bullguard for advice and they requested the minidump files for analysis. They replied saying that they thought it was a processor fault.

I then downloaded and used the Windows debugging tools to see if I could see anything (although I don't really understand what I am reading). I noticed that the active thread at the time of the crash was the Gigabyte "Easy Tune Engine". This is some kind of overclocking feature that I have not knowingly used as I don't need/want to overclock.

So, I uninstalled Easy Tune and tried to load Bullguard again. This time it worked without a problem.

Since then (around two weeks) the PC has been working flawlessly but I am still worried that I might have some faulty hardware since the Bullguard people said they thought it was a processor fault. Obviously if I have faulty hardware I would like to return it while under warranty.

I suspect that it was Easy Tune causing the problem but does that indicate a fault with the software or is it just showing up a hardware problem?

I have run as many stress testing utilities that I can find and the PC has coped with them all without breaking a sweat.

The Intel Processor testing utility reports the processor running at 6Ghz and 70 degrees below maximum temp. Is this normal for a 3.4 Ghz locked processor? Turbo boost maybe? When I boot into the BIOS it shows it running at 4Ghz at 20 degrees while idle.

Any advice would be gratefully recieved.

Cheers
Andrew




Attached Files
File Type: zip JORDAN-PC-09_01_2016_170049_62.zip (757.4 KB, 1 views)
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09 Jan 2016   #2
Baddog22556

Windows 7
 
 

Hey, if it's working why bother. Seems uninstalling that app was the solution.
Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do or/and die.
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09 Jan 2016   #3
axe0

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AMJordan View Post
I contacted Bullguard for advice and they requested the minidump files for analysis. They replied saying that they thought it was a processor fault.

I then downloaded and used the Windows debugging tools to see if I could see anything (although I don't really understand what I am reading). I noticed that the active thread at the time of the crash was the Gigabyte "Easy Tune Engine". This is some kind of overclocking feature that I have not knowingly used as I don't need/want to overclock.

So, I uninstalled Easy Tune and tried to load Bullguard again. This time it worked without a problem.
Hi Andrew,

Welcome to the 7forums.

They aren't wrong, the 0x124 is usually hardware related and this is an internal unclassified error meaning it isn't publicly documented.
This error could relate to a faulty CPU.

However, some software are known for causing bluescreens, like Gigabyte software is known for causing 0x124 crashes.
Your action to uninstall Gigabyte Easy Tune Engine was a good one
Code:
2: kd> !errrec fffffa801db4f028
===============================================================================
Common Platform Error Record @ fffffa801db4f028
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Record Id     : 01d1415b6ed61401
Severity      : Fatal (1)
Length        : 928
Creator       : Microsoft
Notify Type   : Machine Check Exception
Timestamp     : 12/28/2015 11:05:16 (UTC)
Flags         : 0x00000000

===============================================================================
Section 0     : Processor Generic
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Descriptor    @ fffffa801db4f0a8
Section       @ fffffa801db4f180
Offset        : 344
Length        : 192
Flags         : 0x00000001 Primary
Severity      : Fatal

Proc. Type    : x86/x64
Instr. Set    : x64
Error Type    : Micro-Architectural Error
Flags         : 0x00
CPU Version   : 0x00000000000506e3
Processor ID  : 0x0000000000000002

===============================================================================
Section 1     : x86/x64 Processor Specific
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Descriptor    @ fffffa801db4f0f0
Section       @ fffffa801db4f240
Offset        : 536
Length        : 128
Flags         : 0x00000000
Severity      : Fatal

Local APIC Id : 0x0000000000000002
CPU Id        : e3 06 05 00 00 08 10 02 - ff fb fa 7f ff fb eb bf
                00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 - 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
                00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 - 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

Proc. Info 0  @ fffffa801db4f240

===============================================================================
Section 2     : x86/x64 MCA
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Descriptor    @ fffffa801db4f138
Section       @ fffffa801db4f2c0
Offset        : 664
Length        : 264
Flags         : 0x00000000
Severity      : Fatal

Error         : Internal unclassified (Proc 2 Bank 1)
  Status      : 0xbf80000000200401
  Address     : 0x00000000fee00000
  Misc.       : 0x0000000000000086
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10 Jan 2016   #4
AMJordan

Windows 7 Profesional x64
 
 

Hi axe0

Thanks for your reply. It is reassuring to know that Gigabyte software is known for causing these errors. So, I guess that was probably the reason for the crashes. Is there any way to be 100% certain that this was the cause rather than a faulty CPU?
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10 Jan 2016   #5
axe0

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

If you'd like you can stress test your CPU.

I have to mention, no program is 100%. It could be that the tests are wrong in the results, but mostly you can assume the results are correct.




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10 Jan 2016   #6
AMJordan

Windows 7 Profesional x64
 
 

OK, well I haven't had time to install and run Prime95 yet but I have run the IntelBurn test at all of the stress levels with no problems. At maximum stress level I didn't have time to let it run to completion so had to stop it after 30min but none of the core temps. went above 50 degC whle running at a max of 3.9GHz.

While I had HWiNFO64 open I ran the Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool again and strangely this was still reporting a detected frequency of 6GHz but HWiNFO64 only showed a max speed of 3.9GHz. So, I don't know what is going on there.
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10 Jan 2016   #7
axe0

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

In the BIOS you can detect the real frequency, if any program is saying something else then it is a bug.
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