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Windows 7: Random BSODs, error 0x000000F4

17 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Random BSODs, error 0x000000F4

Hello, i experience random BSODs on my PC(1,5 years old) since the day i bought it. I formatted and did a clean install of windows(tried also 32-bit version) many times, but the BSODs keep happening...
I used memtest86+ but it showed that everything is working good. The last BSOD said these:
Note that after i reboot my system a warning comes that says that DES 2.0 application(Dynamic Energy Saver) is turned off and i should use DES application to turn it on again.
Also note that after every reboot because of a BSOD, i have to shut down the system and power it up again because it can't load windows...
My system information:
Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.3 GHz
Gigabyte Z68X-UD3P-B3
Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB
AMD Radeon HD 6950
Corsair AX750
Corsair Force GT 60 GB(OS)

And the version of Windows i have: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 6.1.7601 SP1 Build 7601.
For any info i might have forgotten or you may need just tell me.
Thank you for your help, in advance!


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17 Dec 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit


No dump files. Follow: Dump Files - Configure Windows to Create on BSOD

Is the firmware of your SSD up to date?

Upload a screenshot of your hard disk using CrystalDiskInfo:Make a hard drive test from the hard drive manufacturers website:Run Disk Check on your hard disk for file system errors and bad sectors on it:
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19 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

I didn't attach any dump files, because there weren't any in the Minidump folder, even though i 've activated them. It seems that the BSODs i'm getting, freeze on Initializing disk for crash dump...
Anyway, i've updated the firmware of my SSD and luckily no BSODs since yesterday morning so far.
If the BSODs continue, i will follow the advice you gave me. Thanks anyway!
But i've one question: In order to update the FW of the SSD i had to change from IDE to AHCI, and now it takes more time for the windows to boot...
Why is this happening? Can i change back to IDE and have no stability issues?
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19 Dec 2012   #4

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

Every SSD manufacturer I know recommends using AHCI mode to get the best performance from the SSD. However you can use IDE mode if you would rather. Here is a tutorial on how to make the change. AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista If you would, click, start type device manager in the search box, click on device manager when it appears, and expand IDE/ATA?ATAPI, at the bottom you will see the name of the driver. See if you have one with AHCI in the name. If so let us lnow what the name of it is.
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19 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64

I did what you said and it's name is: Standard AHCI 1.0 Serial ATA Controller. There is also one which says: Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller. Sorry if i wasn't clear but my question wasn't how to enable AHCI but why it takes more time to boot Windows on AHCI comparing to IDE?

Thanks again!!
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19 Dec 2012   #6

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

It shouldn't. Switch back to IDE mode, if you like, but typically, AHCI is faster than IDE with an SSD. Try option 2 of this tutorial. SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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19 Dec 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64

Test results: Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violation.
Anyway i will change back to IDE and if i have stability issues i'll change back again in AHCI, passing by the slower boot time.
Thanks for your help, i appreciate it very much!!!
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