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Windows 7: Blue Screen Locale ID 1033 with BCC 124

10 Sep 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Operating System
Blue Screen Locale ID 1033 with BCC 124

My Dell Studio XPS 9100 desktop with Intel i7 processors computer has randomly crashed with the Blue screen with the following info:
Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 124
BCP1: 0000000000000004
BCP2: FFFFFA8007AE5038
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: 0000000000000000
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 768_1
Files that help describe the problem:
C:\Users\Roger & Roxie\AppData\Local\Temp\WER-39858-0.sysdata.xml

This happened 5 times since Sept 1, 2014 and I have the five Windows Minidumps for these which are in my zip files attached.
The Blue Screen Viewer of the identical crashes has identified the following file names as the problems:
1) hal.ll 2) ntoskernl.exe & 3) pci.sys for all five dumps.

I would appreciate any help that you can give me.
Thank you in advance.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Sep 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

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*                        Bugcheck Analysis                                    *
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Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 124, {4, fffffa8007ae5038, 0, 0}

Probably caused by : GenuineIntel

Followup: MachineOwner
A "stop 0x124" is fundamentally different to many other types of bluescreens because it stems from a hardware complaint. Stop 0x124 minidumps contain very little practical information, and it is therefore necessary to approach the problem as a case of hardware in an unknown state of distress.

Generic "Stop 0x124" Troubleshooting Strategy:
1) Ensure that none of the hardware components are overclocked. Hardware that is driven beyond its design specifications - by overclocking - can malfunction in unpredictable ways.

2) Ensure that the machine is adequately cooled. If there is any doubt, open up the side of the PC case (be mindful of any relevant warranty conditions!) and point a mains fan squarely at the motherboard. That will rule out most (lack of) cooling issues.

3) Update all hardware-related drivers: video, sound, RAID (if any), NIC... anything that interacts with a piece of hardware. It is good practice to run the latest drivers anyway.

4) Update the motherboard BIOS according to the manufacturer's instructions. Their website should provide detailed instructions as to the brand and model-specific procedure.

5) Rarely, bugs in the OS may cause "false positive" 0x124 events where the hardware wasn't complaining but Windows thought otherwise (because of the bug). At the time of writing, Windows 7 is not known to suffer from any such defects, but it is nevertheless important to always keep Windows itself updated.

6) Attempt to (stress) test those hardware components which can be put through their paces artificially. The most obvious examples are the RAM and HDD(s). For the RAM, use the in-built memory diagnostics (run MDSCHED) or the 3rd-party memtest86 utility to run many hours worth of testing. For hard drives, check whether CHKDSK /R finds any problems on the drive(s), notably "bad sectors". Unreliable RAM, in particular, is deadly as far as software is concerned, and anything other than a 100% clear memory test result is cause for concern. Unfortunately, even a 100% clear result from the diagnostics utilities does not guarantee that the RAM is free from defects - only that none were encountered during the test passes.

7) As the last of the non-invasive troubleshooting steps, perform a "vanilla" reinstallation of Windows: just the OS itself without any additional applications, games, utilities, updates, or new drivers - NOTHING AT ALL that is not sourced from the Windows 7 disc. Should that fail to mitigate the 0x124 problem, jump to the next steps. Otherwise, if you run the "vanilla" installation long enough to convince yourself that not a single 0x124 crash has occurred, start installing updates and applications slowly, always pausing between successive additions long enough to get a feel for whether the machine is still free from 0x124 crashes. Should the crashing resume, obviously the very last software addition(s) may be somehow linked to the root cause.
If stop 0x124 errors persist despite the steps above, and the harware is under warranty, consider returning it and requesting a replacement which does not suffer periodic MCE events. Be aware that attempting the subsequent harware troubleshooting steps may, in some cases, void your warranty:
8) Clean and carefully remove any dust from the inside of the machine. Reseat all connectors and memory modules. Use a can of compressed air to clean out the RAM DIMM sockets as much as possible.

9) If all else fails, start removing items of hardware one-by-one in the hope that the culprit is something non-essential which can be removed. Obviously, this type of testing is a lot easier if you've got access to equivalent components in order to perform swaps.

Should you find yourself in the situation of having performed all of the steps above without a resolution of the symptom, unfortunately the most likely reason is because the error message is literally correct - something is fundamentally wrong with the machine's hardware.
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13 Oct 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Operating System
Opened the side of the computer and no problems yet

I removed the side panel of the computer and did a visual of any dust etc. and couldn't see any of any significance. I left the side panel off for more than a month and i did not get any more Blue screens. I am afraid to re-install the side panel for fear of more BSODs. I'll wait a little longer and see what happens. Thank you very much for your help with the list of things to do. I haven't had to do anything else yet but thank you for the list of potential help to try to isolate the problem.

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14 Oct 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

No worries, im glad to hear that your BSOd's have stopped!

Its definitely a overheating issue how many fans do you have?

And do you monitor the temps of your hardware?
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14 Oct 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Operating System
All 3 fans are running

There are three fans. One in the front, one in the back, and one in exhausting the heat from the front of the mother board. All three fans are running.
I do not monitor the temps of my hardware because I don't know how to do that. Is there a simple way of doing this? If so let me know.
Thanks again for your continued help.
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26 May 2015   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Operating System
Fixed my blue screen problem

I replaces one of my memory module one month ago and I haven't had a blue screen since. I want to thank Harrie Pateman for his advice and list of things to check. Once I figured out that this can be a hardware problem I followed some of the list of things to do from his advice. I purchased a new memory module and replaced one of the module at a time until it solved the problem.
Thanks again to Harrie Patemen
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