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Windows 7: BSOD while trying to run games

14 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
BSOD while trying to run games


For the past 2 - 3 weeks every time i try to play a game my screen goes black and my PC restarts by itself

My system specs are:
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600 @ 3.40GHz
Motherboard: asrock z68 extreme3 gen3
Ram: 8 GB DDR3
graphics card: nvidia GeForce GTX 570

Any help is appreciated.

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14 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit SP1

Your Nvidia drivers are crashing. Uninstall all traces of Nvidia drivers/software from programs and features and uninstall driver from device manager and check 'delete driver' option.

Get latest driver from Nvidia site and reinstall.

This would be the first order of action.
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14 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Did a clean install for nvidia, should i test it or is there anything else i need to do first.

thanks for the quick reply.
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14 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit SP1

No you can go ahead and test.. report back. Thank you.
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15 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Screen turned black again and i got buzzing sound from the headset, PC restarted couple seconds later.

Attached the new dump files.
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15 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit SP1

Nvidia driver again however it may not necessarily be faulty it may be something else that's crashing it.

I read the report it says your HDD is flagged 'dirty'. Run thorough disk check with bad sector check : Disk Check

Also, I notice you have AVG firewall (or do you have antivirus?) I suggest turn off 3rd party programs that you run temporarily to see if it has any effect on the blue screens.

Re-run your windows assessment tool as well and check if it blue screens there. Windows Experience Index - Reset
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15 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Disk check came up clean didn't find any errors but when i ran window assessment i got the black screen again and PC restarted.

I got error massage when it loaded up:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 3081

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 116
BCP2: FFFFF88010146AA4
BCP4: 0000000000000004
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 768_1

Files that help describe the problem:
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15 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit SP1

update all your motherboard's drivers including chipset (inf) drivers and BIOS. Refer to their website..
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15 May 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

In addition to the excellent advice from event3horizon, I would also suggest doing the steps recommended for a 0x116 TDR Error crash.
  • Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by H2SO4 View Post
    These are all stop 0x116 VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE conditions.

    It's not a true crash, in the sense that the bluescreen was initiated only because the combination of video driver and video hardware was being unresponsive, and not because of any synchronous processing exception.

    Since Vista, the "Timeout Detection and Recovery" (TDR) components of the OS video subsystem have been capable of doing some truly impressive things to try to recover from issues which would have caused earlier OSs like XP to crash. As a last resort, the TDR subsystem sends the video driver a "please restart yourself now!" command and waits a few seconds. If there's no response, the OS concludes that the video driver/hardware combo has truly collapsed in a heap, and it fires off that stop 0x116 BSOD.

    If playing with video driver versions hasn't helped, make sure the box is not overheating. Try removing a side panel and aiming a big mains fan straight at the motherboard and GPU. Run it like that for a few hours or days - long enough to ascertain whether cooler temperatures make a difference. If so, it might be as simple as dust buildup and subsequently inadequate cooling.
    The above quote was taken from, which is linked to in usasma's thread about this error. Closely follow the first three posts of usasma's thread outlining STOP 0x116: VIDEO_TDR_ERROR troubleshooting and proceed through each step. Let us know if you need further help.
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15 May 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I ran all the tests and didn't run into any problems.
Also updated all my drivers but don't know how to update my BIOS.

Thanks for all the help so far.
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