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Windows 7: BSOD While idle or gaming

15 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
BSOD While idle or gaming

UPDATE: got a new motherboard, and, RAM but the BSODs continue. Would really appreciate some help. They happen at very predictable times and are always the same two errors
Driver_IRQL_not_less_or_equal and Kmode_Exception_not_handled.

Almost all the information on the first page of this thread is no longer applicable as much of the hardware is different. I'm wondering if I should make a new thread for this, but the rules seem to state that I should keep using this one.

Please see page 2 for any and all current information on my attempts to fix this problem and find out whats wrong.

CURRENT System specs
OEM Windows 7 Home 64bit
Nvidia GeForce GTX460
8 Gigs G-Skill DDR3 1333
Asus M5A88-m micro Mobo

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15 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM

Any suggestions or help would be very appreciated.
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15 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Was already responding to the post before you posted that. Please do not double post unless you have more information to help us with debugging.

Problematic Software:
Start Menu\Programs\DriverUpdate	Public:Start Menu\Programs\DriverUpdate	Public
Start Menu\Programs\Spybot - Search & Destroy	Public:Start Menu\Programs\Spybot - Search & Destroy	Public
  • We do not recommend automated driver update software. It often finds drivers for devices similar to but not exactly the same as the hardware actually on the system. This can lead to conflicts and blue screen crashes. If you need help finding driver updates for a certain device, please start a thread in Drivers - Windows 7 Forums instead of using software. Driver updates are not always necessary and some updates can actually decrease system stability rather than increase it, so it is usually better not to update unless a device or its driver is causing problems with the system. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

  • Spybot Search and Destroy is not the best malware/spyware utility. Take a look at Good and Free system security combination. for better options.

Your crashes had many different BugCheck codes. That generally means you have hardware issues. Run some hardware checks.
  • If you are overclocking any hardware, please stop.

  • If you have an SSD, make sure the following are up to date:
    • SSD firmware
    • BIOS Version
    • Chipset Drivers
    • Hard disk controller drivers/SATA drivers
    • If you have a Marvell IDE ATA/ATAPI device, make sure the drivers are up to date from the Intel site or Marvell site and not from your motherboard/vendor support site.

  • Run all but the advanced tests with SeaTools for HDDs.
    SeaTools for Windows

    SeaTools for DOS
  • Monitor temperatures during the following tests.
    Use the following programs to monitor the temperatures.
  • Run the boot version of Memtest86+ paying close attention to Parts 2 and 3 of the tutorial. Also, in case Memtest86+ misses anything and comes up with no errors, run the extended version of the Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool for at least five passes. These you may want to run overnight since they take a long time to complete (run them an hour before bed each of the next two nights and check before going to sleep that they are still running).

    warning   Warning
    Before you proceed with the following, answer these two questions: Are you still under warranty? Does your warranty allow you to open up the machine to check hardware? If you are unsure of the answers to these questions, contact your system manufacturer. WARNING: The steps that follow can void your warranty!!!

    For Part 3: If You Have Errors: If you swap any memory components, follow these steps for ESD safety:
    1. Shut down and turn off your computer.
    2. Unplug all power supplies to the computer (AC Power then battery for laptops, AC power for desktops)
    3. Hold down the power button for 30 seconds to close the circuit and ensure all power drains from components.
    4. Make sure you are grounded by using proper grounding techniques, i.e. work on an anti-static workbench, anti-static desk, or an anti-static pad. Hold something metallic while touching it to the anti-static surface, or use an anti-static wristband to attach to the anti-static material while working. If you do not have an anti-static workbench, desk, or pad, you can use your computer tower/case by finding a metal hold in it, such as a drive bay.
    Once these steps have been followed, it is safe to remove and replace components within your computer.
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15 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM

Sorry about double post. I've been swept under the carpet at other help forums before and was paranoid. SeaTools came back clean. My question is that I use SpeedFan to monitor temps. Is this inaccurate and should I be running different temperature monitoring programs for the different tests? Could you recommend another CPU temp monitor as RealTemp doesn't seem to support my CPU?
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15 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

SppedFan should be reliable. I try not to recommend it because it is designed more for advanced users and an average user may change a fan setting that could cause the system to overheat. If you are comfortable with it, then go right ahead and use it for your monitoring.

As to sweeping users under the carpet: We try not to let people go missed on SevenForums; it happens occasionally since we are volunteers and cannot check every thread, but we do our best. :)
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17 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM

OK, I ran Furmark and my card evened out at 68 degrees with no problems. Ran Prime95 and my processor was running a little too hot so now I'm slightly underclocknig it until i can get a better CPU cooler. Anyway, ran all three tests for 4 hour each, no problems. Ran Intel burn test on Standerd through Very High, no problems. Ran Memtest for 5 passes, no problems and then ran Windows Memory Diagnostic Tools extended for 5 passes, no problems.

In short, I ran all tests suggested and none detected any problems. The reason I dont suspect the CPU cooling problem was I have never seen my CPU get near that hot.
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17 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Alright, let's check hardware compatibility:
  • Download and install CPU-Z and Upload screenshots of the CPU, Mainboard, Memory, and SPD tabs. In the SPD tab, upload an image of each slot.

    Also, go into your BIOS and post all Voltages (CPU, RAM, NB, IMC, etc.) and all RAM settings (timings, frequency, etc.)

    Thanks to Dave76 for help learning RAM Stability
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18 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM

RAM-auto-1.500v, min.-.978v, max-2.485v
NB-auto-1.097v, min.-.884v, max-1.393v

RAM timing 2T

I don't have a lot of experience in bios so I wasn't able to find some of things you asked for.
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18 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Your two RAM modules are made by two different companies. I would recommend removing one or the other and testing whether the computer is stable.

Test the memory slots as follows.
  1. Shut down and turn off your computer.
  2. Unplug all power sources to the tower (unplug the power from the outlet/surge protector or PSU).
  3. Hold down the power button for 30 seconds (for your safety and the safety of the components) to close the circuit and drain all power from components.
  4. Remove the casing.
  5. Remove all but one memory module making sure you are grounded while doing so.
  6. Replace the casing and put the remaining memory modules in a safe, static free environment.
  7. If the problem persists, repeat steps 1-4 and move the memory module to another slot (while staying grounded, of course).

Do this until all slots have been tested. If all slots fail, the memory module may be bad. Test with one of the remaining modules. Continue one module at a time in one slot at a time until you find a good module and good slot. Test remaining modules in the good slot, test good modules in other slots to find bad slots, etc.

Test by doing your normal routine in Windows for twice as long as it takes to get a crash or until you get a crash, whichever comes first. You can also test by doing the tasks that generally cause crashes.

Also, the RAM in slot 3 does not appear to be compatible with your processor. System Building and Compatibility
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16 Aug 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM

Problems have been persisting so I got a new HDD and motherboard and installed windows. I thought everything was fine, then I copied a screensaver from XP into system32 and I got a blue screen, and then I got one 20 minutes later while watching a Youtube video

I didn't whether to start a new thread or not since most of the hardware is the same.
Attached the new BSOD info, and thanks for taking the time to help.
-updated with two more, added them because they were similar to one another and seemed different from the previous ones.
- forgot to add that the new mobo is an ASUS M5A88-M
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