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Windows 7: BSOD Memory_Management Frequent 1a and a

26 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
BSOD Memory_Management Frequent 1a and a

I have been getting frequent BSODs, at seemingly any point. It can happen while the computer is just sitting idle, and sometimes it will be fine for hours. I have done a number of things to try and correct this, which I will attempt to outline below. Per the posting instructions, I have included a .zip titled "Documents" which contains my PERFMON html document and Windows_NT6_BSOD_jcgriff2 folder. Let me know if I have left out any documents or pertinent information.

I've tried updating my video drivers, including using Driver Sweeper to uninstall. I've also tried to run the System File Checker several times, but one printer driver and one .wmv file for Windows DVD Maker are still having issues, according to sfcdetails. I've also tried running the lengthy scandisc with repair, but I wasn't around for the scan to finish, as it took several hours. There is nothing unusual in Device Manager. Windows Update thinks I'm up to date. WhoCrashed seems to think it's an issue related to a driver, not a hardware issue. I was having an issue with AVAST, tried reinstalling it and finally uninstalling to switch to Microsoft Security Essentials, still having the same issue.

I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed, Full Retail. It's the original OS on a home built computer. I haven't done a reinstall before. The machine is about a year and a half old or so, with the most recent hardware addition taking place several months ago, when I added the fifth and sixth stick of RAM.

Intel Core i7 930 @ 2.8GHz
12 GB DDR 3
ATI Radeon HD 4850
1TB Seagate Barracuda SATA as my primary drive

My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 May 2012   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

These crashes were caused by memory corruption 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 a 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 5-7 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.

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).

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"IRP Logging and Force Pending I/O Requests. and click "Next"
NOTE: You can use Low Resource Simulation if you'd like.
From my limited experimentation it makes the BSOD's come faster.
- 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.

If you are using win 8 add these

- Concurrency Stress Test
- DDI compliance checking

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.

Thanks to JCGriff2 & Usasma.

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