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Windows 7: BSOD while playing Steam games?

21 Aug 2012   #1
Nicholonio

Windows 7 Ultimate x64bit
 
 
BSOD while playing Steam games?

If the title is misleading, I apologize in advance, but that's the only time I've experienced this problem thus far. I have a fear that it's endangering my computer, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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21 Aug 2012   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Welcome
The best place to start, would be to make sure it is not a driver that is to cause. Im leaning toward hardware, but the reports were not clear at best.

Driver Verifier
I'd suggest that you first backup your data 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/Windows 7 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" 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 (an estimate on my part).

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.

Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable
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21 Aug 2012   #3
Nicholonio

Windows 7 Ultimate x64bit
 
 

So I followed your procedure and when I restarted, it never crashed to the Blue Screen. So since it didn't do such a thing, should I just continue running my computer like it is and just follow the rest of your directions you gave me then? How will I know this won't happen again?
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21 Aug 2012   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Keep the verifier on another 24 hours. If it does not happen again, probably not a driver.
We never know if it will happen again, but if it does post.
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21 Aug 2012   #5
Nicholonio

Windows 7 Ultimate x64bit
 
 

Okay, I will do that. It's odd that this problem has occurred only when I've been playing games on Steam, but through everything else it works perfectly fine. I will let you know!
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21 Aug 2012   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Play th game with Veirifer. We will find out something.
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21 Aug 2012   #7
Nicholonio

Windows 7 Ultimate x64bit
 
 

Okay, I will! It seems like my computer isn't running as smooth as it was beforehand, that's normal?
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21 Aug 2012   #8
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Deactivate verifier. The computer should be like before. If it is just activate verifier again.
I have not heard of any problems due to verifier.
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21 Aug 2012   #9
Nicholonio

Windows 7 Ultimate x64bit
 
 

Okay. Will do. Thanks again, Rich.
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21 Aug 2012   #10
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Your very welcome.
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