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Windows 7: A Wide Variety Of BSODs Happening Randomly And Without Pattern

16 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 32-bit
A Wide Variety Of BSODs Happening Randomly And Without Pattern

This is my second attempt to make this thread, as I just experienced a BSOD while trying to type it up the first time. Let me give you a brief history. This is an older custom built computer from the Windows XP days:

Intel Pentium 4 w/HT @ 3Ghz 2GB
PC3200 (1GBx2) 1 120GB
Seagate PATA Hard Drive 1 40GB
Seagate PATA Hard Drive
AGP 8X Nividia GeForce 5500FX video card

I installed Windows 7 on it, however, since I had such fabulous results doing the same on an XP-era laptop I own. However, this one is giving me trouble. It's been giving me a variety of BSODs every day since it's install. At least 3 a day, every day. Here are some of the types of BSODs I've been getting:

Memory Management
IRQ Not Less Than Or Equal
Page Fault In Non Paged Area
Unexpected Kernel Mode Trap
PFN List Corrupt
Bad Pool Header
Driver Power State Failure
Reference By Pointer

And my most recent one that happened when I tried to type this thread up the first time and while I have Driver Verifier on: Driver Verifier IOManager Violation

Quite a list, huh? First thing I did was run memtest86 for 10+ hours or 4 passes. It came back with one error. Here is the screenshot from that test/result:

EDIT: Sorry. BSOD again.

Anyway, after memtest86, I turned on Driver Verifier and it wasn't long before I was given another BSOD (and another). At one point I couldn't even boot to Windows due to a BSOD. I checked both of my hard drives with Seatools For Windows and they both came back clean. I am currently running sfc /scannow, but it's only at 10% finished so I still have some ways to go before it is finished.

I've attached all the dump files so someone with more knowledge with this than I can take a look at them and maybe help me get this issue resolved while I am scanning with sfc. I am also attaching your Seven Forums Diagnostic Tool results. Thank you.

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16 May 2014   #2

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Memtest shows an error there.

Attachment 318005

You have two 1 MB RAM modules installed. Now follow the "Part 3: If You Have Errors:" of How to Test and Diagnose RAM Issues with Memtest86+

Errors/red lines means one or more RAM is faulty. But the fault may occur due to a faulty DIMM slot, too, which is a motherboard component. Using memtest86+, you can discriminate between a faulty RAM and a faulty motherboard.

How? Say you have two RAM sticks and two DIMM slots. You obtained errors at the test with all RAM sticks installed. Now, remove all the sticks but one. Test it in all the available slots, one by one. Continue the same procedure for all the available sticks.
How to make the inference that is it a RAM issue or it is a motherboard issue? Suppose you have got the result like that:


It is a RAM, a bad RAM.

But if you have got a result like that:


It is a motherboard issue. The particular slot is bad.

Moreover, two more interesting things are found .....
BiosVersion = 6.00 PG
BiosReleaseDate = 10/28/2004
Is it really of 10 years old?

The computer seems to be overclocked, too.
  Processor Type                Central Processor
  Processor Family              b2h - Pentium IV Processor
  Processor Manufacturer        Intel
  Processor ID                  340f0000fffbebbf
  Processor Version             Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU
  Processor Voltage             80h - 0.0V
  External Clock                200MHz
  Max Speed                     1500MHz
  Current Speed                 3000MHz
Such an old computer should not be overclocked. As you are getting BSODs, you should stop overclocking and run all the hardware components like CPU, GPU and RAM to their default settings. Also set the BIOS to default, too.
How To Clear CMOS (Reset BIOS)

Plus..... Install Service pack 1 and all other windows updates. Otherwise the system will remain vulnerable to threats.
Windows 7 Kernel Version 7600 MP (2 procs) Free x86 compatible
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS
Built by: 7600.17273.x86fre.win7_gdr.130318-1532
Learn how to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Service Pack and Update Center - Microsoft Windows

For any further BSOD, Post it following the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions in your subsequent post in this thread.
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16 May 2014   #3

Windows 7 32-bit

Thank you for replying, but your response is puzzling. The CPU isn't overclocked at all. I've reset CMOS/BIOS a multitude of times before I ever installed an OS on it at all.

Secondly, I do have Windows 7 SP1 installed...

Also, yeah this is a 10 year old custom build computer. I told you it was old.

I was going to update the BIOS when I got home this evening, as I am at work now and cannot perform any tests on it at the moment. Does anything stand out as an obvious culprit from my logs I attached?
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16 May 2014   #4

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Hmm, I see. You have installed SP1 either on 13/05 or on 14/05. The Crash Dumps of 13/05 says it is not SP1.

I got the information related to overclocks from the crash dumps, too.

Crash dumps say that the problem might be memory corruption, and physical memory corruption is already found. So you need to concentrate on minimizing the memory issue.
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16 May 2014   #5

Windows 7 32-bit

Alright. I will try to isolate the faulty module or the DIMM slot when I get home. Thanks for your responses.
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16 May 2014   #6

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OK, let us know about your progress in finding the source of the issue. :)
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19 May 2014   #7

Windows 7 32-bit

So I replaced the RAM with some that I already knew to be working fine and continued to receive random blue screens of the same variety. Frustrated, I saved my data and installed Windows XP on it, the operating system it was designed for, and haven't received a blue screen since. I was getting at least 3 per day with Windows 7 installed. :)

I suppose it was driver related, although it could of been RAM as well or both. Regardless, I believe the issue is solved. Thanks for your help nonetheless. :)
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19 May 2014   #8

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You are welcome mate. :)
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