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Windows 7: Increasingly Frequent Blue screens and Crashes

11 Mar 2017   #11
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

If the problem is windows corruption then a windows re-install may fix it, but its too soon to jump to that conclusion so lets focus on hardware.

First thing I'd do is unplug that seagate spinning drive. Since its not the boot drive its not real likely to be the problem but spinning drives are often the first thing to go in terms of hardware so might as well rule it out by removing it for now. Your ssd drives are almost certainly fine. Bad memory won't survive a memest86 run, so you'll want to download memtest86 to a usb and boot from it and run it to rule out memory. The cpu is never the problem so that's not it. Your psu is awesome so that's not it. A bad graphics card usually produces visible issues beyond a bsod that's not real likely to be it. So all this means its probably a software/driver/windows issue, or a bad motherboard.

Make sure you have no check marks within device manager.

With the spinning drive unplugged and device manager clean, if you still get a bsod then we need to remove windows from the equation. Best way to do that is to download UBCD to a usb drive and boot from it instead of windows. It has several hardware test programs on it you can use to stress your system and play around with for an hour or two. Or if you are up for it, a standalone bootable linux loaded onto a usb drive can serve the same purpose - give you a chance to put your hardware through its paces without windows in play at all. If you get a blue screen in either case, you know its a hardware problem and I'd put 90% odds on it being the motherboard. I say that only because of the hundreds of systems I've diagnosed with random bsod issues that already have good power supplies (like yours), the motherboard is usually the problem. If UBCD or USB-booted linux never produces a blue screen for you, then its time to reinstall windows.

You may work on this for some time and come to no firm conclusion. In that case I recommend you swap out the motherboard, preferably with one you can beg/borrow/steal temporarily.

Others here can talk you through the log file and software-based bsod troubleshooting methods, as I am admittedly biased toward assuming hardware in the case of random bsod problems.


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