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Windows 7: frequent seemingly random crashes

11 Jun 2009   #11
bigbutbald

Windows 7 RC1
 
 

Hmm. Well I had a Vista 32bit install I used for nearly a year with no problems. For me that rules out motherboard problem, unless it's a problem that started around the same time that I installed Win 7.


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11 Jun 2009   #12
Lebon14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigbutbald View Post
When windows crashes, it doesn't actually show a blue screen. It just stops responding, and the sound loops. When I reset it, and Windows loads again is when I get the message I posted above.
Then, if doesn't give a STOP message, then it'd be hard to tell if it's hardware related.

Here's what I would try : Uninstall every software and install them one by one. From this, see if the craches comes from Windows or the software. If there are no software and it still crashes, then we can believe it's hardware related. If after a certain installation Windows crashes, then you found your problem.
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11 Jun 2009   #13
Melee54

Windows 7
 
 

I had the same problem. I unplugged my DVD burner and it stopped. But that wasn't the complete issue. It turns out my PSU wasn't giving enough power to the PC, which was causing the lock ups. Sent my PSU back this morning and am getting a new one.
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11 Jun 2009   #14
usasma
Microsoft MVP

 
 

If it's a hardware problem (as most STOP 0x124 errors are), then the best thing to do is to strip every piece of hardware that's not necessary to install/use the OS.

That'll either fix the problems or it won't.

If it fixes it, then the problem is with the stuff that you removed.
If it doesn't fix it, then the problem is with the stuff that's still on the system.

I would suggest installing the drivers in compatibility mode using both "Run as Vista SP1" and "Run as administrator" - making sure that you select the option to run this for ALL USERS.
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11 Jun 2009   #15
bigbutbald

Windows 7 RC1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by usasma View Post
If it's a hardware problem (as most STOP 0x124 errors are), then the best thing to do is to strip every piece of hardware that's not necessary to install/use the OS.

That'll either fix the problems or it won't.

If it fixes it, then the problem is with the stuff that you removed.
If it doesn't fix it, then the problem is with the stuff that's still on the system.

I would suggest installing the drivers in compatibility mode using both "Run as Vista SP1" and "Run as administrator" - making sure that you select the option to run this for ALL USERS.
That makes lots of sense. What doesn't make sense is that on a clean install (7201 64bit, only installed video drivers + firefox) I was getting crashes every 20 minutes. But when I went ahead and booted up my old Vista 32bit install, it has run flawlessly all evening (6+ hours).

So what I have is a (hardware? driver?) problem exclusive to Win 7.

Or could it maybe be a bad hard drive? I'm using two different hard drives for the two OS's. What program should I use to scan it?

Could it be crashes cause by a 64bit system? Would I have better luck with Win 7 32bit?

Vista seems worse then it did before I used Win 7. Hopefully I can figure out a way getting this fixed. Thanks for all your ideas/help!
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12 Jun 2009   #16
usasma
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Windows 7 is different from Windows Vista. Microsoft has made attempts to ensure compatibility - but that doesn't always work. For example, my RAID card is Vista comaptible, but is not compatible with Windows 7.

Most BSOD/STOP errors are generated by Windows, this one is one of the exceptions - because it's generated by the processor. As such, the information that it provides has to be analyzed by someone familiar with the structure of your CPU (processor).

Enough is known about these errors to say that they are primarily hardware errors - but that leaves a lot of ground open - Is it a hardware failure? Is it an incompatibility? Is it a driver issue? Is it a Windows problem?

And, if your system isn't 64 bit compatible, then you'll have additional issues.

Probably the easiest thing to do (since you've reinstalled Vista) would be to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor beta. It's free from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en
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12 Jun 2009   #17
bigbutbald

Windows 7 RC1
 
 

I did used scndsk to check the hard drive I was using for Win 7. Computer locked up twice while doing it, both times while scanning the same sector.
That's a pretty definite problem right? I'm hoping that when I install on another hard drive, and I'll have no more problems!

Can I use the faulty hard drive any way? Repair it somehow? Use it as a 3rd hard drive to download non-important files to? Or am I better off just throwing it away? It's a 250GB Western Digital sata.
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21 May 2010   #18
Patrece

Windows 7
 
 

System Info:
Model #: MS227
Product #: BK232AA-ABA
Serial #: 4CS9510JDY
Software Build #: A1NAv6PrA1
Service ID #: 030-310
PCBRAND: Pavilion


Whenever i run Pro Tools M-Powered Essential and my M-Audio Producer USB Microphone i get a blue screen with this message
"Driver_IRQL_Not_Equal_Less_Than..."

I tried updating all my drivers and i got a message saying they're all up-to-date.

I was trying to attach my dump files it leaves a message saying invalid file.
I copied the dump but i dnt know how to attach it.

C:\Windows|Minidump|052110-22776-01.dmp

I've updated all my drivers and i dnt know what to do...


Plz help me....I need to start recording again.
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