Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Extremely frequent BSODs - possible RAM issue?

01 Jun 2014   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
Extremely frequent BSODs - possible RAM issue?

Greetings - would love any assistance you could provide.

Recently bought a pre-owned PC due to mine being destroyed by inter-country postal services. First few weeks, it was fine - more recently, constant BSODs, like.. every 5 minutes or less sometimes. Often it'll go hours without one, but not reliably.

Attached 1 minidump + dxdiag.

One thing I did note - this PC has 12gbs of RAM currently installed, but it's only showing up as 8GBs. I believe it's 3 sticks of Corsair 4gb ram, not sure on speed etc. Does this suggest it's corrupted or something?

I do have 16gbs of RAM from my old computer that weren't damaged, but when I install them, the pc errors, saying "Overclock failed" or something. I presume I have to un-overclock whatever's overclocked, but I think I'll be able to work that one out eventually.

Just wondering, is there something I've missed? Could it be something else? I've tried system restores etc, antivirus always comes up perfectly clean etc. Just really frustrating - there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason behind it. Sometimes it BSODs during a game, sometimes when alt-tabbing, sometimes when the computer's just completed/completing startup.

SFC test runs clean.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jun 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

*                                                                             *
*                        Bugcheck Analysis                                    *
*                                                                             *

Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 124, {0, fffffa80074f08f8, 0, 0}

Probably caused by : GenuineIntel

Followup: MachineOwner
The bugcheck points to a general hardware error, but at this point its not possible to tell if its could be an incorrect overclock.

I would do the following in this order, given the information you provided:

1. Reset all overclocks by entering the BIOS at boot, and choosing the "Reset to Default" or similar, and save those settings.
2. Boot and run the computer as normal. If it BSOD's, go to step 3.
3. Run the following stress tests:

RAM : run a minimum of 8 passes, no less
RAM - Test with Memtest86+

CPU - Stress Test Using IntelBurnTest

Video :
Video Card - Stress Test with Furmark
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jun 2014   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise x64

Many thanks for your response.

So I tried un-overclocking everything, seemed ok at first, then a few minutes later started getting BSODs again. Before I could run those stress tests, however, my hard drive seemed to fail, with the following error message:

The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible. 0xc000000f.

I guess I should try to reformat or something? Do you think I should try to reinstall Windows on the same hard-drive, or toss it and try a fresh install on a different drive? Not sure how to reformat from bios, but I'm sure I'll be able to work it out. Thanks again for any help!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

11 Jun 2014   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Memtest will run even without a drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Extremely frequent BSODs - possible RAM issue?

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Increasingly frequent BSODs Kernal_data_inpage issue
Around summer last year I installed a new hard drive, and shortly afterwards I found that every time I got into mid/late game Civilization V my pc would crash. I found that my cpu was overheating and so I got better cooling and now my temperatures are all fine. Before I got the cooling I found the...
BSOD Help and Support
Several BSOD errors, hard to repeat, extremely frequent
Hi guys, I built a PC about 12 months ago and have had BSOD problems on and off since making it. The first month of operation was fine. Then during the Battlefield 4 Beta, I started to get BSOD's (can't remember the error), and then in Guild Wars 2. I did some basic troubleshooting but ended...
BSOD Help and Support
Frequent BSODs. Recent issue.
So my Windows 7 x64 partition has been BSODing frequently for the past 2 months. BSOD error messages are too vague. No BSODs in safe mode. Was able to do a full defrag in safe mode. Updated graphics driver, didn't help. Windows XP partition is perfectly stable for over a year now, so I doubt it's...
BSOD Help and Support
Extremely wierd DPC latency issue
I didn't know if i should have put this in hardware, but i decided this would be fitting. I'm not trying to stroke the e-peen, but i know what i'm talking about, so any advice i'll comprehend. I noticed after a recent reinstall to throw on 64bit when my cpu was under a respectable amount of...
Hardware & Devices
Extremely elusive issue.
Warning, there's going to be a LOT of text. This is a really complex issue with many different little things to it, and I'm going to try to explain every little tidbit that I can. So, I got this computer not too long ago-- maybe the summer of 2010. It runs smoothly and quickly; the performance...
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 15:58.
Twitter Facebook Google+