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Windows 7: Cold Boot BSOD - Need advice if hardware (RAM) issue

03 May 2016   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Cold Boot BSOD - Need advice if hardware (RAM) issue

System Specs
CPU: Intel(R) Core™ i7-6700K 4.00 GHz
MOTHERBOARD: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming (White design)
FAN: Asetek 550LC 120mm Liquid Cooling
HDD: 512GB SanDisk X300 SATA III SSD
RAM: 32 GB (8 GBx4) DDR4/2400MHz Memory (ADATA XPG Z1)
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 (Genuine licensed copy)
POWERSUPPLY: 1050 Watts - EVGA SuperNOVA 1050 GS 80 Plus Gold Power Supply
VIDEO: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 06G-P4-4995-KR 6GB SC+
MONITOR: ASUS VG248QE - 144Hz Refresh Rate


Starting on March 14th, 2016 I started receiving BSODs when cold booting my system. Prior to this I had not made any hardware changes to my system or ever experienced a BSOD. I initially thought it was tied to these Windows updates:

However that doesn't appear to be the case after further testing.

Steps to reproduce:
1.) Shutdown computer for extended period of time - example: Overnight (8 hours)
2.) Turn computer on (Cold boot)
3.) After booting into Windows - don't do much - examples: Let computer sit idle or open Chrome browser
4.) BSOD

Crash Dump Analysis

I did run Driver Verifier for a few tests, so those results can probably be ignored.

Crash Dump Files:
Zipped into one archive here:

Troubleshooting Steps Taken With No Effect
Uninstalled Windows updates mentioned above - later reinstalled since error persisted
Rolled back and updated BIOS to various versions
Made sure not Overclocking or XMP enabled (wasn't doing this prior to BSOD)
Rolled back and updated Intel NIC driver to various versions
Uninstalled: Networx, Unified Remote Server, NVIDIA drivers, Sound Card drivers, Logitech gaming software, all MSI software - since reinstalled since they don't appear to be the cause
Ran memtest86 overnight for 8+ hours (no errors found)
SFC /scanow (no errors found)
CHKDSK (no errors found)

Next Steps?
Wipe HD and perform clean install of Windows 7
Purchase all-new RAM modules

I'm at crossroads if this is a hardware issue (RAM) or a software issue. The symptoms of only occurring after a cold boot now has me thinking hardware.

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04 May 2016   #2

Windows 10 Pro

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04 May 2016   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

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04 May 2016   #4

Windows 10 Pro

Please remove all pirated programs and such from your system before we can start troubleshooting.
The Forum rules is meant for everything regarding piracy
  • Discussing it,
  • Asking for guidance,
  • Asking for a crack,
  • The use of it,
  • Etc.
4) No piracy or discussion of piracy allowed at all. Such as software, music, videos and other intellectual property violations (e.g. downloading youtube videos locally etc).
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04 May 2016   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

OK, I have removed all pirated software from my computer. Any idea if the BSOD is hardware (RAM) related? I read posts with similar symptoms (cold boot BSOD only) and replacing the RAM solved the problem for those users. I just find it strange that my RAM could "go bad" after having no issues since installation.
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04 May 2016   #6

Windows 10 Pro

Although the verifier crashes are blaming Driver Reference Table - uvhid.sys there is a great chance this is some unknown hardware error as there are more crashes caused by driver
verifier but no driver was caught.

That isn't really strange, all hardware can unexpected become faulty no matter how much care you give it.

Cold Boot BSOD - Need advice if hardware (RAM) issue Diagnostic Test Cold Boot BSOD - Need advice if hardware (RAM) issue

Run MemTest86+ to analyse your RAM. MemTest86+ - Test RAM - Windows 7 Forums

Note   Note

MemTest86+ needs to be run for at least 8 complete passes for conclusive results. Set it running before you go to bed and leave it overnight. We're looking for zero errors here. Even a single error will indicate RAM failure.

If errors show up you can stop the test, remove all sticks but 1 and test this single stick in each slot for 8 passes or until errors show, switch sticks and repeat.
If errors show up and you see them a lot later, no problem, the errors don't affect the test.
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