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Windows 7: BSOD caused by ntoskrnl.exe

03 Aug 2013   #61
Hykon

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

While the computer was configuring the last few updates for Windows, it BSOD'd. Same 0xF4 code. All the computer had on it was Windows 7 and MSE and some of the updates. Does this conclude a bad SSD? My HDD wasn't even plugged in while all this was happening.

@essenbe I checked and it says it is all part of the primary partition. There is no black shaded space which is what unallocated space was listed as.


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03 Aug 2013   #62
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

What I would do is get another hard drive and do a clean install of Windows on it. If that proves to be a good install with no BSODs, that would be the most conclusive proof, to me.
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03 Aug 2013   #63
Hykon

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I can use my WD 1TB HDD for that. Is there a way to transfer the windows install to an SSD if I go and replace this SSD if it does indeed turn out to be the issue?
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03 Aug 2013   #64
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Yes, I do it all the time. Here is a tutorial on how (SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System), I use a program, mentioned in the tutorial, that is much easier. It is Paragon Migrate OS to SSD, it isn't free ($19.95) but it does everything for you, format, align and transfer the OS to SSD. It is the easy way and takes about 20 minutes for you to be using your SSD.
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03 Aug 2013   #65
Hykon

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you very much for your time and information! I'll start working on installing Windows on the HDD. I'll report back with my success or failure with the BSOD issue.
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03 Aug 2013   #66
Hykon

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

BSOD'd while using Windows Update to check for updates. Literally, Windows was only on the HDD for 10 minutes before the BSOD. The only thing I had installed was the Intel Centrino Wireless Adapter software, so that I can access the internet to perform the Windows updates. SSD wasn't plugged in. Same exact error code: 0xF4... I'm completely at a loss of what could be wrong now.

EDIT: I've also tried different SATA ports and cables.
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03 Aug 2013   #67
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Have you installed your motherboard drivers from the Gigabyte web site? Is your bios updated to the latest version? Have you installed the latest Nvidia driver, using the custom install method? If not, do those things and don't let Windows install updates for your hardware. If you see an update you don't want to install, right click it and select hide. Don't let any software you install write itself into your start menu. Use the msconfig process that Arc mentioned earler. Unless there are special circumstances, You should only have yoir AV (MSE) in startup and the Windows Sidebar.Let Windows install all updates relating to Windows, but I would recomment you hide ie 10. It has caused a lot of people problems, including me. Install your Chipset driver from Gigabyte first. Always use the most recent driver. Go into bios and set optimized defaults. Set your ram frequency, timings and voltage by manufacturers specs. Set your sata controller to AHCI if that is what you installed windows in. If not, let us know and we will tell you how to change it. If you are overclocking anything, stop and set everything to default values. Make sure you have a program to monitor your Graphics temps and your CPU temps. I use Core Temp for the CPU. Also set your boot order while in bios.

Keep running and installing windows updates until it says there are no more updates. Tomorrow, check again, you will probably have more. At this point, I would rather you only install software that is necessary for you to function. Just a very basic install.

At you earliest opportunity I would like you to run memtest86+. (RAM - Test with Memtest86+) be sure and run it for a full minimum of 8 passes unless you get an error. If you get an error, stop. The test has failed.

I hate to tell you, but it appears we are going to have to do this the hard way. We will next be running some Graphics tests. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. We do not mind answering.
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03 Aug 2013   #68
Hykon

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I ran memtest previously as one of the first attempts at a fix, It went for 9 or more passes with no errors. I even tried removing a module of RAM and booting up and then putting it back and testing with the other, both still had BSODs. Never overclocked, never tampered with RAM settings, and the SATA mode was always AHCI. I haven't paid much attention to temperatures, but everything seemed fine, the system is very quiet, I will still download the tool to monitor those as requested.

I will try all these fixes and report back. Ugh, this would happen on my first attempt at building my own gaming PC rig :/ haha.

Again, thank you for your continued support.
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03 Aug 2013   #69
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I read through the thread again. I guess I missed the part about you running memtest. Other than memtest, what I suggested are not fixes. What I would like is a very basic clean install with as little software as possible installed to alleviate the possibility of driver issues and conflicts. As I see it right now, it is looking like you have a hardware problem. Those are not easy to nail down and sometimes is not possible. They require a lot of hours of testing and swapping out parts. Believe me, I know how aggravating that can be. I've been there several times myself and understand exactly what you are thinking. I wish there was an easier way to do it. If there were, I'm sure I would have found it by now. What CPU cooler are you using and does Asus have a graphics program that can monitor temps and will allow you to set a custom fan profile for your graphics card? I would also like you to install CPUz and GPUz. This will explain a little about GPUz. And, as with all programs, be careful of all the little programs they sometimes try to install with them.
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04 Aug 2013   #70
Hykon

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yeah I see what you mean. It definitely seems like hardware since it has BSOD'd with next to nothing on the drives. I don't have any parts to swap anything out with since this is my first build ever, so that could turn out to be an issue when it comes to testing.

EDIT: I'm using the Coolermaster Hyper 212 CPU cooler and I'm unsure about controls for the GPU fans.
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