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Windows 7: BSOD randomly, sometimes without actual blue screen

24 Oct 2012   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Well, CHKDSK and TDSSkiller both came back clean, Crystal Disk shows no apparent problems(it gives a rating of "Good") but I tried to run the RAM test on two different occasions and left it while I went to do other things, and my laptop shut down because it was overheating. I had consulted with a friend before I upgraded the RAM and he revealed that 8GB was the max that my system could use, so I went ahead and got 8GB for a bargain price and stuck it in there. I have to wonder if maybe that's the major issue here, possibly overextending my comp's abilities, because the times when it had crashed before, I was running a lot of streaming videos and applications and whatnot. I never got the overheating note until I did the RAM test though.

Additionally, since the last crash I reported, it hasn't happened again. I wonder if it's possible that the graphics driver update hadn't been finalized since I didn't restart my computer after doing it--the updater never actually said that I should restart, but I wonder if perhaps I was simply expected to do so anyway. Obviously I'm just throwing stuff out there, probably wrong, but oh well. I'll check out the other tests and I may try testing a single RAM stick instead of both at once and see what happens.

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24 Oct 2012   #12

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Windows 10 Home 64Bit

Good idea about testing single sticks, go ahead. Does the laptop have a cooler? Is any part of the hardware overclocked? Did you check if the ram clock/speeds are all the same? For monitoring heat, use Speccy or HWinfo.
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