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Windows 7: BSOD/freezes. Dump File attached

02 Feb 2011   #41

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

The voltage bump did not help. But it was slight, so I bumped it up a little more where my actual (CPUz)voltage was 1.4V. As I was doing video encoding, it froze very quickly under both of these higher voltage settings, and took about 3 minutes to recover each time. Maybe it is was just coincidence, but the freezes came upon very quickly each time. There is one thing for certain, the higher my CPU is being stressed, the more frequent the freezes.

So, I am bumping my voltage down a little lower than my original settings. It is suspiciously looking more and more like a hardware issue...

Just checking in. Will keep you posted!


edit...I feel the need to post updates along the way tonight.

Lowering the voltage, it still froze. So, I just put the BIOS settings back to factory default. Yes, I wrote down all my previous settings.

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02 Feb 2011   #42

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by djdrock View Post
Carl...I totally agree about the use of automatic "fix it quick" programs. Actually, a friend of mine insisted I use, Ccleaner. He swears by it. Either way, no more messing with that on an automatic setting. Thanks for the advice.

Ccleaner is a solid, well coded program and it runs very well with Win 7. I use it frequently; but I rarely use the registry cleaner portion. Ccleaner is probably safest registry cleaner out there; but it can and has deleted needed keys. That is why before you delete anything, it asks you to back up the registry. Always back up the registry when making any kind of registry change. Unlike Win 98 and XP, there is nothing to be gained whatsoever by cleaning the registry. That said, I do delete keys left behind from software I have uninstalled - when I am absolutely sure that uninstalled software is what those keys belong to.
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02 Feb 2011   #43

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Well, after putting everything back to factory settings (no overclocking etc...) in the BIOS, it froze again.

The BIOS memory settings/timings and the settings I had prior are the same. Is there anything more specific I should be looking at in the BIOS? Is there a specific change I should make to the memory?

There is an answer to all of this. Whether we get it sorted out is another thing...

Please advise if you would.


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03 Feb 2011   #44

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Post the CPUZ tabs again so we can see what the current settings are.

Tell us the DRAM and NB voltages from BIOS.

Have you checked the NB and the SB on the board, put your finger on it and give a general description of the temp, ie. warm, hot, very hot.
Your board is known for hot NB, this may be causing your micro freezes.
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03 Feb 2011   #45

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Here are all the voltages/temsp from the MOBO:

CPU: 42C
Board: 45C
MCP (NB): 70C
CPU Core: 1.31V
CPU FSB: 1.19V
Memory: 1.85V
+3V: 3.28
+3V Dual: 3.28
+12V: 12.14
+5: 5.01V
VBAT: 3.16V

I have read where the NB is notorious for being hot as well. Some reports over 90C idle. Seems crazy.

The diagram (see link) shows the MCP, which I thought was the SOUTHbridge, but my BIOS shows it at such a high temperature. It is just warm to touch. Using an IR thermometer, the MCP is just at 41C. Again, it just feels warm. The Northbridge (SPP) is also just barely warm, in at 42C.

Also, you will see on the CPUz screenshots, the 6x multiplier, but it is fluctuating now between 6x and 8x depending on CPU load. Obviously a change that was make earlier when I put the BIOS to factory defaults.

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08 Feb 2011   #46

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Dave (or others)...can you please take a look at my previous post with the information requested. :)


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09 Feb 2011   #47

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Which slots do you have the RAM cards in?
CPUZ indicates slots #3 & #4, counting from the CPU out.

Your mobo manual:
Two DIMMs: Install into either slots 0 and 1 or 2 and 3. The idea is to not
have the DIMMs in adjacent slots.

From the CPU side #1 & #3 are slots 0 and 1.
Should be the blue slots for 0 and 1, black slots for 2 and 3.

What is the nForce MCP voltage?
You may need to icrease the NB (MCP) voltage to give the memory controller a little more power. This will help with memory stability.
If it's 1.5v bump it to 1.6v, watch the temps, as mentioned it tends to get hot.

The changing multiplier is from EIST setting in BIOS, this lets your system run slower and cooler when ideling or low system usage, when more power is needed it will ramp up quickly.
SpeedStep is a trademark for a series of dynamic frequency scaling technologies (codenamed Geyserville[1] and including SpeedStep, SpeedStep II, and SpeedStep III) built into some Intel microprocessors that allow the clock speed of the processor to be dynamically changed (to different P-states) by software. This allows the processor to meet the instantaneous performance needs of the operation being performed, while minimizing power draw and heat dissipation. Enhanced Intel SpeedStep is sometimes abbreviated as EIST.

This is very useful, lets your system run cooler.
I've been using it for years.

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