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Windows 7: A Quick BSOD Now an Intermittent Shutdown During Startup Splash Screen

13 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
A Quick BSOD Now an Intermittent Shutdown During Startup Splash Screen


What Happens

My computer recently developed this problem of a cold shutdown during the booting sequence. It happens after POST when Windows starts to load and the HD's arm begins to read.

As soon as I hear the hard drive it shuts down.

When I boot the system afterwards, it passes the POST w/ no beeps and I'm prompted of a previous Anti-Surgy shutdown (feature of my mobo) then to press F1 to go to BIOS setup to edit power settings or press F2 to load default values and continue.

Most of the voltage settings are set on Auto so I usually press F2.

Next, the "Starting Windows" appears and right before the Windows 7 bitmap animation the system shuts down.

This is the cycle I've experienced all day.

Why & When it Happened

What lead to this happening was me dl'ing a torrent throughout the night (had no firewall on...) then woke up to the machine frozen at desktop. I hard rebooted, received a quick blue screen, and then had this intermittent shutting down at the start-up screen.

I've made no major prior hardware or software changes for weeks.


The troubleshooting I've done are:
-Air compressing everything from PSU to GPU
-Re-applying mid-grade thermal paste to my CPU & GPU
-Tried to load Win7 on another HD (the Setup files will load from my USB but the "Starting Windows" splash screen appears with the same shutdown)(*For some reason I'll pass the splash screen sometimes (w/video card) but after formatting the partition on the HD I receive the message "your system hasn't configured this device as bootable" and to "configure its controller in BIOS." There were no options in setup.*)
-Removed 6-pin power cable from video card (*Successful boot w/ integrated graphics*)
-I've ran Startup Repair but it returns no errors.
-Ran Avira virus scan - No Detections
-Turned COMODO Firewall ON
-I haven't let my new/used video card cool down much or tried my other video card yet but those are next on the list of troubleshooting. Wish I had another PSU lying around.

Possible Problems that I Could Think of

-PSU Issues
-Video Card Damaged (was bought used, and I've used it pretty intensely with some new games) *I've had a few crashes to desktop while playing games.
-Mobo Issues (Unlikely because its fairly new)
-No restore points or backups!!

That's It

If my system specs don't show with this thread I'll post another with them.

Well, that's pretty much it in a nutshell. Mainly, I would like to be able to use my recently bought video card but I would also like to resolve this.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Oct 2011   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

We do need the DMP file as it contains the only record of the sequence of events leading up to the crash, what drivers were loaded, and what was responsible.

You may be able to get the DMP files without crashing by booting into safe mode (F8) with networking.

To enable us to assist you with your computer's BSOD symptoms, upload the contents of your "\Windows\Minidump" folder.

The procedure:

* Copy the contents of \Windows\Minidump to another (temporary) location somewhere on your machine.
* Zip up the copy.
* Attach the ZIP archive to your post using the "paperclip" (file attachments) button.
*If the files are too large please upload them to a file sharing service like "Rapidshare" and put a link to them in your reply.

To ensure minidumps are enabled:

* Go to Start, in the Search Box type: sysdm.cpl, press Enter.
* Under the Advanced tab, click on the Startup and Recovery Settings... button.
* Ensure that Automatically restart is unchecked.
* Under the Write Debugging Information header select Small memory dump (256 kB) in the dropdown box (the 256kb varies).
* Ensure that the Small Dump Directory is listed as %systemroot%\Minidump.
* OK your way out.
* Reboot if changes have been made.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I've attached the minidumps from before and after the changes were made in the Startup and Recovery Settings. I rebooted for the after-changes but didn't receive any BSOD's.

BTW, while rebooting, Windows installed updates and I heard my HD sound like it was about to turn off a few times. This is new.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

14 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
The Solution

As I suspected, it was a power issue.

All of my computer components were failing, my hard disk was making strange noises and I was experiencing intermittent start ups. So, I used a multimeter to safely test my power supply and had no readings on it.

I went and bought a new PS and my machine runs like new.

I'd still like to know what caused that BSOD.

I appreciate the help and this forum.

God Bless,
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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