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Windows 7: Sudden and random BSOD's/Restarts/Lockups during gaming

13 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Sudden and random BSOD's/Restarts/Lockups during gaming


My name is John and I'm a rather new guy around here. I was really hoping someone here can shed some much needed light upon the curse I have been suffering from for some time now that has me stumped.

I've grown prone to random system complete lock-up's that cause my screen to go black, system completely unresponsive needing to be forced to restart, and most times this really weird and annoying sound in my headset. It's rather difficult to try and explain the sound, but when you hear it, you just know your system locked up. IT's a weird stuttering/buzzing sound. Well as I've said--it's pretty difficult to try and put into words really.

I try and keep my video card and stuff up to date. I also try to do the same with the BIOS. Unfortunately, the last BIOS update for my ASROCK motherboard was from late 2010 and is the one I am running.

I seem to suffer this fate moreso when doing gaming. I play Minecraft, ArmA 2, Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Dead Island, etc. ArmA seems to play nice. It's just the other games I play that is prone to just black screen me and lock up, or even just randomly restart itself. My gpu fans are forced to around 80-85% constant to help with any heat issues that I may not be aware of, but from observations off and on, the temps seem rather good.

I have enclose a .zip with the BSOD information and the health report stuff as per the posting guidelines.

Below are my system specs as well:
-Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1

- HYUNDAI W220d Black 22" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 10000:1

- ASRock X58 Supercomputer LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX

- Silverstone OP1000-E 1000W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V SLI & CrossFire Ready

- older Intel Core i7 920 2.66Ghz (HT turned off)

- 6GB (6 x 1GB) OCZ DDR3 SDRAM (1333MHz DDR3-1333/PC3-10600)

-GIGABYTE GV-N570OC-13I GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card [running the latest driver from Nvidia]

Disk Drives:
- WDC WD5001AALS-00L3B2 ATA Device (465 GB, IDE)
- WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B1 ATA Device (931 GB, IDE)
- WDC WD4000AAJS-00TKA0 ATA Device (372 GB, IDE)

- Optical Drive Optiarc DVD RW AD-7240S ATA Device

Is Windows 7 . . .
- x86 (32-bit) or x64? X64
- the original installed OS on the system? Home built PC
- an OEM or full retail version? Retail via
- What is the age of system (hardware)? Roughly 1-2 years old (parts purchases late '09)
- What is the age of OS installation (have you re-installed the OS?) Reinstalled a few months ago because of previous BSOD's.

To make it even more informative, I have run and created a htm report of my entire specs using EVEREST, zipped if it is required or could be more helpful for trouble shooting purposes.

Hope this is something that can be remedied without having to buy all new hardware. I thank you all in advance for any help you could provide concerning my woes.

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14 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Is there anyone out there willing to help? Over 107 views and not even one single post to attempt to even help. No offense, I know there's a lot of these types of threads opening up. It's just I could really use the help here and feels like I kinda got passed over. Please, if there is anyone that understands these BSOD codes and stuff and can help, I'd greatly appreciate it.
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18 Jul 2012   #3

win 7 ultimate 32bit
Please try this

First I wanted to you to know if you want to resolve something. It's best to keep on searching because free tips and helps are harder to come by now days.
I know because Im with you on that.

If you are using Norton or similar. In my opinion they are a pain at least. They are for most of the time your issue other than that it's the game bugs itself. Rage for instance is full of errors on the game itself. Try to avoid port over games. To resolve this try following if your is Norton
- You should try to add exception to scans and auto protection for your dead island.exe
- Run the game in admin rights (sometimes helps like Allan Wake game)
I cant remember if you have ATI cards. (I regret that myself too.) So many driver issues and no CUDA tech big difference in physics effects. If you use ATI then you know CCC.
- Shut off AA or switch to program controlled
- Off Crossfire (only some games)
- Off VSync (very often the case for most game crashes)
Updates for Win7, DirectX, motherboard etc. (I assume you got this part) DirectX, graphic cards are your most trouble so check those. Hot fixes for ATI
Registry clean ( some even fixes some dll errors themself) This many times fixes my issues.
If you want more about BSOD google it. There is certain meaning to each code. If you know your hardware you can get some idea what's going on. Avoid cheap RAM don't be like me. I got Corsair great company but my model did me little good; caused BSOD.
Lastly, I have given you Dead Island STEAM form which basically states the beginning of my solution.
Hope this helps out thanks.
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18 Jul 2012   #4

win 7 ultimate 32bit

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