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Windows 7: BSOD all the time, neeed to use PC soon

08 May 2011   #1

Win 7 Professsional 64-bit
BSOD all the time, neeed to use PC soon

Hello, I've never used a support site for bsods before but stick with me here as I am almost ready to smash everything.

A couple of months ago I upgraded my old computer with 5 new parts.

RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR1333
Motherboard - Asus m4a79xtd evo
Video card - Evga GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
Processor - Amd Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz
OS - Upgrade from XP to 7

It was great for a while, after that period that I started getting one BSoD every once in a while. I looked up the problem online and found something about updating chipset drivers. So I did. Ok so I am not very good at this, I might have not removed the old drivers before installing new ones(solved with new HD later). So I start getting all kinds of bsods. They would happen upon booting up, doing nothing, playing games. Friend tells me to reformat and I do. Still getting many bsods.

My hard drive was pushing 5.5 years so I get a suggestion from a mate that it might be the problem. Yesterday I got a new HD. Got a bsod upon installing Win7 on it (not sure which, cause it restarted automatically). Success on second try of the os install (and reformat), but I got my old dreaded 1e bsod again. I installed the drivers from hardware cds. Now I'm getting all sorts of bsod when booting up, safe mode, normal mode, windows is loading screen. Sometimes the computer gets stuck on "Loading ASUS Express Gate"(if i remember the text correctly), an on the Motherboard welcome screen.

What I've tried:
Using one stick of RAM at a time to see if it might be bad (still crash with both individually)
Running a fresh install without any drivers (still crash)
Processor stress test (someone else did it for me)
My brother might have done a memtest but im not sure

I've reached the end of my issue solving capabilities. Can anyone help? All my new parts are still under manufacturer warranty, although I'd much rather take them out and break them.

In the last few restarts, my computer sometimes boots completely but still crashes after a few min, but I managed to get the dump files off. My computer is up right now but I bet as soon as I start doing things it will crash. HELP! and thanks in advance!

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08 May 2011   #2

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Windows 7 x64

I'm short on time so I couldn't do a complete debug, however what I'm seeing indicates either bad ram or a incompatible driver on the system. The kind of dump I'm seeing here doesn't point to anything outside of those two culprits though. I think the rest of your hardware is safe.

To check the ram follow the instructions here.
RAM - Test with Memtest86+
you'll need to let it run overnight to have reliable results.
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08 May 2011   #3

Win 7 Professsional 64-bit

Hey, thanks for the initial review. I'll make sure to do that tonight and get back tomorrow with results and for more suggestions, thanks!
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08 May 2011   #4

Win 7 Professsional 64-bit

what test should i pick form the test selection menu? on memtest
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09 May 2011   #5


Memtest runs through the tests on its own, without user input. Just boot into the disk and let it run for overnight to really stress-test your RAM.

May I ask why you are swapping out drivers given by the Win7 installer? This is not XP. Win7 driver install is automated in the installer and via optional Windows Update when you enable hardware updating: Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware You only need to import drivers which are missing in Device Manager after install and optional Updates.

I would not swap out drivers unless performance problems point to them as cause.

Here are other troubleshooting basics for Win7 to monitor it's logs and resources: troubleshooting steps
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09 May 2011   #6

Win 7 Professsional 64-bit

Well its morning and memtest has been running overnight.

Time 10:01:07 Iterations: 3(it said 6 earlier) Test_Sel: Std Pass: 11 Errors: 0

Does it stop when complete or just run forever until the user exits the interface? Should I end the test now?

gregrocker: im not sure, I assumed that I would need to install the drivers from the hardware cds right when the os was done installing before windows update did anything. Should I do a fresh install with windows doing all the updates, drivers and service pack etc?

Going back to my clean install bsod, could that be caused by a scratched Win7 install disc?
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09 May 2011   #7


Looks like your RAM has cleared memtest. I would still reseat the RAM just to be sure: Reseating your RAM, Video Card, and Hard Drive Youtube

The installer would normally be cleared if it completes install without error. Where did you get Win7?

I'd wait for one of the bluescreen scientists to analyze your bugcheck.
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09 May 2011   #8

Win 7 Professsional 64-bit

Got the software at my university book store. Yea, ill wait for more info before I touch anything.
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09 May 2011   #9


I would also want to know that I have an install with the ddrivers given by the installer, then updated by optional Updates. Only missing drivers should be imported from the Support Downloads webpage for the computer or device model.

Unlike XP, Win7 is truly the authority on which drivers it wants. Testing it without changed-out drivers is worth the reinstall or rollbacks.
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09 May 2011   #10

Win 7 Professsional 64-bit

Ok, I did a fresh 7 reinstall (reformat). Let see if I'm understanding you correctly. As of right now, i don't have any drivers or updates installed. I should enable Windows Update and let it do its thing for drivers, service pack, fixes, etc? Then if some of the new hardware's software is still not up to date I should get the most recent drivers from the manufacturer website, correct?

(EDIT) I'll also use the computer for a while before I do that, to see if any bsods come up.
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