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Windows 7: Hardware BSOD - what's causing it?

13 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Hardware BSOD - what's causing it?

A few weeks back I was suffering hardware BSODs ("an unrecoverable hardware error..."). I swapped from an ATi to an nVidia GPU and changed the PSU and it was OK for a while, but it's now happening again.

It doesn't seem to have any specific warning or cause normally, but wierdly, zipping up a folder with 7-zip always causes it to happen! This was particularly annoying because every time I zipped up the diagnostic files it crashed...

Anywho, I'd really like to know what component is causing it before I start randomly changing them. Thanks..

EDIT: Win7 x64.

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13 Nov 2012   #2

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Hello Fractal, it is stop 0x124.
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*                        Bugcheck Analysis                                    *
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Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 124, {0, fffffa8005105038, b66cc000, 135}

Probably caused by : AuthenticAMD

Followup: MachineOwner
Follow it, step by step: Stop 0x124 - what it means and what to try

Moreover, install Service pack 1.
Learn how to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
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13 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Arc, thanks for looking into it. I've done a memtest for 10ish hours with no problems...and for some reason sp1 install always fails.

I guess AuthenticAMD means it's probably a motherboard/CPU issue? I sense a new CPU and MB in my near future...
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