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Windows 7: Mutliple BSOD's on start up and random. Minidumps attached

12 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
Mutliple BSOD's on start up and random. Minidumps attached

Hey everyone,
I been looking for help on my BSOD issue. I have figured out where to find the minidump files and I have hopefully attached them here.

I was has having BSOD's problem before, but I didnt know what to do about it or what it was. So I formatted my hard drive and reinstalled windows 7. The computer came with Vista and I installed Windows 7 a year ago. I am still getting the BSOD at random times and on start up after the reinstall . I started to learn what Stop codes are and that this issue is fixable, I hope. So if someone can take a look at my minidumps and let me know what is happening, it would be greatly appreciated.

I remember I had a BSOD over a year ago, and I un plugged and plugged back in SATA cables and RAM sticks to clean up connects. A friend of mine told to do it then, and it seemed to have helped. I hope that is the case now, the machine is running fine for the past hour now, I hope it continues.

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12 Mar 2012   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

No DMPS attached.

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.

If you are overclocking STOP

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.
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12 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

Yes, I realized that. I'm working on that now. Hope to have them up soon.
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12 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

Here are the minidumps. There are four files from C:/Windows/minidump folder.
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12 Mar 2012   #5

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WaffleMuffin View Post
Where are the minidumps. There are four files from C:/Windows/minidump folder.

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

* If you are overclocking anything reset to default before running these tests.
In other words STOP!!!

* If you have raid update its Driver.

*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.

Any errors are indicative of a memory problem.

If a known good stick fails in a motherboard slot it is probably the slot.

RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Driver verifier

Using Driver Verifier is an iffy proposition. Most times it'll crash and it'll tell you what the driver is. But sometimes it'll crash and won't tell you the driver. Other times it'll crash before you can log in to Windows. If you can't get to Safe Mode, then you'll have to resort to offline editing of the registry to disable Driver Verifier.

So, I'd suggest that you first backup your stuff 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).

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 "Special Pool", "Force Pending I/O Requests" and "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.

Reboot into Windows (after the crash) and turn off Driver Verifier by going back in and selecting "Delete existing settings" on the first page, then locate and zip up the memory dump file and upload it with your next post.

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.
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12 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

Zigzag, thanks for your help. I will run the Memtest and report back with what I find.

I have a Western Digital external HD that I run Raid 0/1 on. I have not installed the software for it yet, but I will do that after I run the Memtest and move sticks around to see what is bad.
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13 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

I let Memtest run overnight and checked it this morning at 8 passes. Memtest showed that there were NO errors, but since I had to get to work, I let Memtest continue running while I am at work.

Is there a report that Memtest produces that I can post on here to have someone double check the test?

Do I still need to move sticks of RAM around if the Memtest comes up with no errors?

Driver Verifier:
I'll try setting up the Driver Verifier tonight or tomorrow night when I have time.
- I have a netbook to use to get to the forums.
- I really dont care what happens to what I have installed on the computer I'm trouble shooting. I already did a complete format of the HD and reinstalled Win7. I keep all my important files on a secondary or external hard drive, (I've learned my lesson with that one before).

Also, I am not overclocking. I dont know where to begin to do that anyway.
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13 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

Just got home and Memtest ran 18 tests with no errors. I'm going to move onto the Driver Verifier now.
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13 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

Minidump after turning on the driver verifier. I got one BSOD on reboot and that is what is attached here. Computer rebooted itself after the crash and is running right now. I leave it one for the next few days and use it as much as I can.

Is it OK to install more programs on the computer when I'm trying to debug for BSOD? I mean I have CAD and Photo programs that should stress that I still have to reinstall.

Thanks for your help everyone.
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14 Mar 2012   #10

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

I found my minidumps files from the BSOD's before I reinstalled Win7. Can anyone tell me if they similar or different then the first minidumps that I posted ealier? I want to make sure I'm chasing the same problem. Thanks.
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