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Windows 7: BSOD while playing certain games: STOP 0x00000116

18 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit
BSOD while playing certain games: STOP 0x00000116

It occurs most often while playing certain less graphically intensive games (Mafia II, Overlord II) and almost not at all while playing things like Witcher 2 or LA Noire.

It's a brand new HD 7770 so I'm trying to rule out everything else despite the fact that the BSOD points to atikmpag.sys, especially since this bluescreen issue started after i upgraded to from 32bit to 64bit Windows 7.

Ran furmark for ~30 minutes and the GPU was stable, noticed some very minor artifacts at the beginning of the test (happened once and couldn't reproduce it though) so i suspected it might be because of how the GPU handles the switch from low-performance mode to high performance mode. Forced high performance mode through MSI Afterburner and the issue still occured.

Ran Driver Sweeper and installed the latest drivers from AMD (Catalyst 13.12), still nothing.

Thought it might be a 64 bit compatibility issue with the sound card drivers as well (since it's a pretty shady model) so i did the whole driver sweeper and latest drivers from Creative thing. Didn't work. Note that I'm using this because the onboard Realtek chip stopped working like 5 years ago. I think i fried it messing around at the back panel trying to hook up a TV.

Naturally, I suspected the dodgy Zeppelin RAM (bought it recently along with the videocard) and ran Windows Memory Diagnostic and ran the games only with the Geil RAM as well but the issue still occurred. I wanted to rule them out without wasting hours running memtest so i think that did the trick.

Defragged with Puran Defrag, cleaned registries with CCleaner, checked temps with HWmonitor and they're all good, I even saw something about DT Lite causing BSODs so I removed that too, cleaned the case. Maybe it's just me but the crashes seem to be happening even quicker now.

Also, it's a relatively fresh windows install. (~1-2 months)

Anyways I'd appreciate some help in finding the culprit before I start throwing money out the window switching out hardware parts. I still want to squeeze a few months out of this build until I can afford to replace the whole thing. Thanks

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2014   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit

Ah I thought it would display my system info automatically. Here are my specs:

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 @ 2.66 GHz

Gigabyte P35-DS3L rev 2.0, F9 BIOS

2x1GB Geil PC2-6400, 2x1GB Zeppelin PC2-6400 (4 GB total)

Graphics Card:
Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition OC (1100/1250)

Sound Card:
Creative Soundblaster Audigy SE

Hard Drives:
1 TB Hitachi SATA 7200 RPM

Thermaltake 550w TR2
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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