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Windows 7: BSOD issues upon boot up of games or while playing them

26 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
BSOD issues upon boot up of games or while playing them

First off, I would like to thank everyone taking a look at this thread to help solve this problem.

OK, this all started about two months ago, that I remember, while I was playing Final Fantasy 11 and my screen suddenly starts to flicker a bit then went black and came back on saying that the computer recovered from a Display Driver error. I rebooted the game and tried to play it again and got the same result a few hours later. At this point, I booted CPUID to check and see if anything was overheating. Everything was at an ok temp, so with the program still running I tried the game again everything was still reading fine. Only this time when it did happen the screen went black it flashed green then went to the blue screen with the stop error. The games I play normally peak at 63c. I recently ran FurMark and let the card hit 74c before I shut the program off, it was getting a little warm for my taste. The system didn't freeze up while running it. I'm not certain if it created a .dmp file that time but I did .zip file all the .dmps I've had this year so far since they are all around the same time period and placed them in the link.

Since then, I've been looking around on forums and researching my issue. So far I've done memory tests, made sure my bios, chipset, and drivers are up to date, performed check disk scans and windows file scans. Everything checked out fine. I've also attempted to roll back, uninstall (with driver sweeper), and reinstall my display drivers with ones from several different dates. They worked for a little while but always produced the same problem as above in the end. I've tried system restore. Also, the action center did not provide any solutions to my problem. My software is up to date along with drivers. Safe mode did not really help me find my problem. I would typically get amdkmdap.sys or atikmpag.sys(0x116), but I have had plenty of others. This error does not happen in the same points; it happens at random times. But after I reboot after the error has come up, it happens again in less than 15 mins unless I fully uninstall/reinstall display drivers or let the computer set for several hours. Then it will return to happening randomly.

My computer specs:
OS: Windows 7 Professional x64 (retail version from MSDN)
CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955
MB: Asus M4A785TD-M EVO
Memory: G.Skill DDR3 1333 PC3 10600 - 4GB(2x2GB)
Video card: HIS Raedon HD 4670 1GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3320418AS (320GB)
Maxtor 6B160P0 (160GB)
PSU: CoolMax 850Watt
Case: HP Pavilion a742x
Displays: BenQ FP931 / Samsung LCD TV

Everything except the case and displays are almost two years old. The case and BenQ monitor are six years old.

Again, I would like to thank everyone for the help in the future.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Sep 2011   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400


Nice post.

Quite the mix of causes. I would start (yes I know you have tested your memory) with these three things.

1-Run a system file check to verify and repair your system files.

To do this type cmd in search, then right click to run as administrator, then

Read here for more information SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Let us know the results from the report at the end.

These were caused by a memory exception. Please run these two tests to verify your memory and find which driver is causing the problem.


*Download a copy of Memtest86 and burn the ISO to a CD using Iso Recorder or another ISO burning program. Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

*Boot from the CD, and leave it running for at least 5 or 6 passes.

Just remember, any time Memtest reports errors, it can be either bad RAM or a bad motherboard slot.

Test the sticks individually, and if you find a good one, test it in all slots.

RAM - Test with Memtest86+

3-Driver verifier

I'd suggest that you first backup your data and then make sure you've got access to another computer so you can contact us if problems arise. Then make a System Restore point (so you can restore the system using the Vista/Win7 Startup Repair feature).

In Windows 7 you can make a Startup Repair disk by going to Start....All Programs...Maintenance...Create a System Repair Disc - with Windows Vista you'll have to use your installation disk or the "Repair your computer" option at the top of the Safe Mode menu .

Then, here's the procedure:
- Go to Start and type in "verifier" (without the quotes) and press Enter
- Select "Create custom settings (for code developers)" and click "Next"
- Select "Select individual settings from a full list" and click "Next"
- Select everything EXCEPT FOR "Low Resource Simulation" and click "Next"
- Select "Select driver names from a list" and click "Next"
Then select all drivers NOT provided by Microsoft and click "Next"
- Select "Finish" on the next page.

Reboot the system and wait for it to crash to the Blue Screen. Continue to use your system normally, and if you know what causes the crash, do that repeatedly. The objective here is to get the system to crash because Driver Verifier is stressing the drivers out. If it doesn't crash for you, then let it run for at least 36 hours of continuous operation (an estimate on my part).

If you can't get into Windows because it crashes too soon, try it in Safe Mode.
If you can't get into Safe Mode, try using System Restore from your installation DVD to set the system back to the previous restore point that you created.
Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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