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Windows 7: BSOD right after boot once a day, SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED_

27 Jan 2016   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
BSOD right after boot once a day, SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED_

Hi, first time poster here but longtime lurker.
I've been having BSOD issues at boot for a long time until I finally decided to do a clean install of Win 7 (Windows 7 Professional 32 bit).
It went fine for a few days, and in the meantime Win 7 downloaded all his updates and stuff. After a while I started having the same issues of always.

The BSOD happens at least once a day, sometimes twice one after another, at system boot. Windows boots fine and then after a couple of minutes it goes in BSOD.
Reasons listed are the classic IRQ NOT LESS OR EQUAL, or ATIKDAMG.SYS.

The only thing that seems to mitigate the BSODs is leaving the pc alone for 5 minutes after the boot (which I find kind of absurd, I'm a software dev myself and do not get why it should be this way...). Opening Chrome or Firefox right after the boot is almost surely a way to get an almost immediate BSOD, or a system crash with a screen full of glitches.

After those damn 5-10 minutes after boot it just runs smoothly with no issues.

My system is an old, custom build on a budget:

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q8400 2.66Ghz
ram 4 GB DDR-2 (only 3.50 GB used)
graphics ATI Radeon x1950
soundcard Focusrite SAffire 6 USB (which I use to record music)
hard drives Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 ATA 1TB (2 partitions)
and an old maxtor 320 gb via USB that is there for some legacy data.

At boot two applications are launched automatically: speedfan and Bitdefender 1.0.21
Attached a minidump.

Anyone can help me?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jan 2016   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium

Hello Matt and welcome to Sevenforums! :)

Atikdamg.sys known as ATI Radeon Kernel Mode Driver belongs to software ATI Radeon Family by ATI Technologies (Global Provider of Innovative Graphics, Processors and Media Solutions | AMD) or Advanced Micro Devices (Global Provider of Innovative Graphics, Processors and Media Solutions | AMD).

And the best solution would be to update the drivers for your GPU, only problem is that there are no drivers for Windows 7 on AMD Drivers page, the closest is a package for Vista, you can of course try to update it but I'm uncertain if it will go through.

Legacy Drivers

And all of your BSODs are pointing to problems with your GPU.

Cheers Boris :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jan 2016   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit

sorry for the late reply and thanks for the suggestion.
In two days I have made the following changes:
  • uninstalled a windows hot fix update often blamed for BSODs, KB2670838
  • installed ATI catalyst drivers for vista

anyway today I had another BSOD crash. It was not me at the PC so I could not tell what happened it seemed that there was another BSOD crash right after boot after trying to open the browser.
Attached a minidump archive. dm log collector crashes when tries to zip it, so I zipped it manually.

anyway for today's BSOD It seems that it's still the ati driver, plus something else following...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

01 Feb 2016   #4

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit

hi guys
here's me again, problem is not fixed and more bsods are happening, still on atikdmag.sysy account... any help on this?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Feb 2016   #5

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit

hi guys
I reinstalle dthe drivers again andit's been a few days since the last bsod. solved, for now.
thank you!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Feb 2016   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium

Hi matt sorry for not responding earlier, just didn't have any more tricks up my sleeves.

But nice to hear you got it solved!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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