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Windows 7: Computer freezing while gaming

21 Oct 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Computer freezing while gaming

About 5 months ago I upgraded my computer with a new power supply and video card. It worked fine for about 3 months and since then it has been freezing. At first it actually froze completely, with a black screen and repeating noise from the speakers. This happened for a couple weeks and occurred randomly while gaming. Sometimes it happened 10 minutes into the game, sometimes 2 hours, etc. I debugged the issue by running a GPU test (furmark or something) and reading the logs but to no avail.

One day I came home to debug the issue, and after turning the PC the GPU fans were being extremely loud and I'm assuming were spinning at 100% speed. Also I wasn't able to get any display on my monitor just a black screen. I decided to to disconnect and reconnect the GPU because I wasn't sure what else to do. After powering back on the fans and display were fine so I decided to game for a while to see if it still froze. After testing for a week or so the result was the computer still froze while gaming but the whole pc didn't crash. Basically, I had to open task manager and click end task and it says this application is not responding. I posted a here a while ago and someone recommended I run memtest 86. It took a while but I finally got around to running memtest86 for about 5 hours straight, and it found nothing.

I finally ended up reformatting my hard drive as a last resort. I had never uninstalled my old gpu drivers before installing my new gpu so I fiigured that could of been the cause. After the reformat I continued to gaming for the past couple weeks with no issues. Granted, I probably only gamed 3 times for a couple hours each time. Then suddenly the computer froze again today. (This was the same as the freezing in the second paragraph. ie: game freezes but computer doesn't crash). I'm hoping someone here might have some insight on what it could be.

Here is the logs from event viewer:

Faulting application name: EoCApp.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x541c2bb9
Faulting module name: EoCApp.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x541c2bb9
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x005a4c4a
Faulting process id: 0x5c8
Faulting application start time: 0x01cfed7ad50470ed
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Divinity - Original Sin\Shipping\EoCApp.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Divinity - Original Sin\Shipping\EoCApp.exe
Report Id: 40879c10-5976-11e4-85c4-50e549c17dac

Fault bucket 514920811, type 17
Event Name: APPCRASH
Response: Not available
Cab Id: 0

Problem signature:
P1: EoCApp.exe
P3: 541c2bb9
P4: EoCApp.exe
P6: 541c2bb9
P7: c0000005
P8: 005a4c4a

Attached files:

These files may be available here:
C:\Users\Darren\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportArchive\AppCrash_EoCApp.exe_fcdcb49f727e6d 40c7426969f8be69269ad049_14ea2a83

Analysis symbol:
Rechecking for solution: 0
Report Id: 40879c10-5976-11e4-85c4-50e549c17dac
Report Status: 0

Sig[0].Name=Application Name
Sig[1].Name=Application Version
Sig[2].Name=Application Timestamp
Sig[3].Name=Fault Module Name
Sig[4].Name=Fault Module Version
Sig[5].Name=Fault Module Timestamp
Sig[6].Name=Exception Code
Sig[7].Name=Exception Offset
DynamicSig[1].Name=OS Version
DynamicSig[2].Name=Locale ID
DynamicSig[22].Name=Additional Information 1
DynamicSig[23].Name=Additional Information 2
DynamicSig[24].Name=Additional Information 3
DynamicSig[25].Name=Additional Information 4
UI[2]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Divinity - Original Sin\Shipping\EoCApp.exe
UI[3]=Divinity Original Sin has stopped working
UI[4]=Windows can check online for a solution to the problem.
UI[5]=Check online for a solution and close the program
UI[6]=Check online for a solution later and close the program
UI[7]=Close the program
LoadedModule[0]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Divinity - Original Sin\Shipping\EoCApp.exe
LoadedModule[15]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Divinity - Original Sin\Shipping\QtGui4.dll
LoadedModule[26]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Divinity - Original Sin\Shipping\QtCore4.dll
LoadedModule[29]=C:\Windows\WinSxS\x86_microsoft.vc90.crt_1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b_9.0.30729.6161_none_50934f2ebcb7eb57\MSVC P90.dll
LoadedModule[30]=C:\Windows\WinSxS\x86_microsoft.vc90.crt_1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b_9.0.30729.6161_none_50934f2ebcb7eb57\MSVC R90.dll
LoadedModule[31]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Divinity - Original Sin\Shipping\binkw32.dll
LoadedModule[34]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Divinity - Original Sin\Shipping\iggy_w32.dll
LoadedModule[39]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Divinity - Original Sin\Shipping\osiris.dll
LoadedModule[40]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Divinity - Original Sin\Shipping\steam_api.dll
LoadedModule[41]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Divinity - Original Sin\Shipping\FxStudioRT.dll
LoadedModule[42]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Divinity - Original Sin\Shipping\granny2.dll
LoadedModule[49]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\gameoverlayrenderer.dll
LoadedModule[51]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamclient.dll
LoadedModule[55]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\tier0_s.dll
LoadedModule[56]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\vstdlib_s.dll
LoadedModule[58]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steam.dll
LoadedModule[59]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam2.dll
LoadedModule[60]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\DbgHelp.dll
LoadedModule[61]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\CSERHelper.dll
LoadedModule[67]=C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vision\nvSCPAPI.dll
FriendlyEventName=Stopped working
AppName=Divinity Original Sin
AppPath=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Divinity - Original Sin\Shipping\EoCApp.exe

Also as you can see these crashes mostly have occurred played the steam game Divinity: Original Sin. It has been the game I've been playing most but it has crashed during Bioshock a couple times as well.

Any help is much appreciated!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Oct 2014   #2

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hello and welcome Darren mate one or two things can you do this Dump Files - Upload to SevenForums

and run Speccy and see what the temps are Speccy - Download

and read this ditty of mine

UsingHW Info PSU

Download HW Info and pick the right bit version -
HWiNFO, HWiNFO32/64 -Download -(copyand paste this site into the search bar) If you donot need the running information in the smaller right hand panel close it. Inthe left hand window click on the + for the individual device groupings andthey will open out to the various components.

Go on opening out further until you get to the device itself. click on it and itwill highlight. In the right hand window there will be a very detailed descriptionof that device as in brand, speeds model number etc etc These are very detailedand are just what is needed for searching for drivers etc.

To get the PSU volts you need to select the Sensor button circled in yellow inthe pic for PSU testing do the same and scroll down the readout as in my pic towhere it has Nuvoton = yours might be a different section name / title. Postback apic of that please.

If you want a more definitive test see this
but pleaseonly use a digital multimeter and not an analogue as they inject typically 9vinto a circuit to test and into a 3.3v or 5v rail - not a good idea!!see thepartial pic of the correct sort of meter in that tutorial. details if you scrolldown that listing.

Now a good reference article is this
Voltage Rails - Power Supply 101: AReference Of Specifications it will explain in detail what thevoltages are and functions of the PSU

The pic shows my Ivy Bridge the section on your machine may be titled differently to Nuvoton but it is the section where you can find Vbatt

Attached Thumbnails
Computer freezing while gaming-hw-info-psu-volts-dsektop.png  
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22 Oct 2014   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Hello ICit2lol,

Thanks for all the advice.

I attempted to retrieve the dump files from C:\Windows\Minidump but I get a message saying Windows cannot find that directory. Do I have to enable the minidumps somehow?

I ran speccy as you suggested and here are the temperatures I got while gaming:
Computer freezing while gaming-speccy1.png

Here are temps while just browsing the internet:
Computer freezing while gaming-speccy2.png

Here is the screenshot from HwInfo:
Computer freezing while gaming-hwinfopsu.png

Update: Here is another screenshot of HwInfo - I realized you may want that as well
Computer freezing while gaming-hwinfo2.png

I'm not sure if I screenshot the right section here, so let me know and I'll take another screenshot. Also should I have taken this while gaming or just idle?

I took a quick look at the more thorough test you suggest but I don't have a multimetre and I'm not sure i'd be competent enough to complete the test.

I'm going to take a look at the other article you linked tonight on voltage rails tonight as well. I figured I'd reply with my results as soon as possible and see if you had any other advice.

I'm really hoping I can get this issue resolved as I feel like I wasted 600 bucks on my GPU and PSU. Also I edited the main post to clarify that one time I turned the computer on and the GPU fans were super load and I had no display. I ended up opening the case and removing and then reattaching the graphics card. Somehow that resolved the issue but I don't understand how.

Thanks for the help so far. Much appreciated.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 Oct 2014   #4


Work though the Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 reporting back results as you go for possible other steps.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Oct 2014   #5

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Just follow Greg's suggestion Darren and the stuff I asked for the temps and power rails are all in order - no problems there.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Oct 2014   #6

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darrenvan View Post
Do I have to enable the minidumps somehow?
If Windows isn't creating them yes.

Go to Dump Files - Configure Windows to Create on BSOD and follow Option One steps 1 through 4 then 6.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Oct 2014   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Thanks for the replies everyone.

So I'm following Greg's suggestion and working through the troubleshooting steps. However, I'm currently stuck on the first step. I downloaded the ISO for Seagate HD and burned it to a CD. I then booted off the CD and the diagnostic tool opened up, but I was unable to move my mouse. I pressed enter on my keyboard to try and start the diagnostic tool since my mouse wasn't working and I then got a message saying no hard drive was found. So I'm not really sure where to go from here.

As for step 2, I've already downloaded and ran Memtest 86 previously and I had no errors. I'm not sure exactly how many passes I let it run - but I think it was at least 5 which took about 5 hours or so if I remember correctly.

For step 3 I had my friend look at my computer recently and he said everything looked like it was set up properly. By swapping RAM sticks do they mean use different RAM sticks, or do they mean moving the ram in slot 1 to slot 2 and vice versa?

For step 4 - Is Core Temp any different than the HwMonitor? Just wondering If I need to have another program to monitor temperatures or not. I will gladly download it if you guys think it would help.

Step 5- I already had Malware Bytes so this was pretty easy. I usually run it once a day and it hasn't found anything.

Step 6- I did try disabling my AV temporarily in a little while ago and the game still crashed. Do you think its worth uninstalling it? Or should I just disable protection temporarily and play games to test it out.

I'll continue with the other steps as soon as I have more free time.

Any comments or advice is appreciated.

Thanks again guys.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Oct 2014   #8

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

With the RAM testing Darren it might be an idea - painful as it may be to run again and make sure it is at least 8 passes see pics and my ditty here

MEMTEST this one you will need to make abootable disk set the BIOS to optical(or USB if preferred) boot the machine and let it run for at LEAST 8 passes unless the errors come up straight away. Takesfair time to complete and some leave itrunning overnight.


When you run the memtest ifthe errors come up straight away a in my pic then you will need to test each stick if you havemore than one and if it is only onethen test again in another slot because it could also be a fault on the board.

So for example two slots A & B /sticks 1 & 2 if the errors come up remove all sticks

Then try stick 1 in slot A if noerrors install stick 1 in slot B if no errors then install stick 2 inslot A if no errors then install stick 2in slot B. If there were errors to start with one of these combinations willhave to show errors.

Doing this will narrow down the problemslot as it could be the slot and not the stick or even a specific slot andstick combination. A lengthy process but only necessary if you get errors.

Attached Thumbnails
Computer freezing while gaming-memtest-info.png   Computer freezing while gaming-memtest-error.png  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Oct 2014   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Okay thanks ICit2lol - I'm going to run memtest86 again tonight and I will post the results tomorrow.

Question: Am I able to take a screenshot while running memtest or will I have to use my phone or something to take a pic? This is if I get errors of course.

Also does anyone know how I can get step one of Gregs Troubleshooting guide to work? I mentioned the issue I'm having in my last post and I've been unable to resolve it. I did however, run a Chkdsk and I'm assuming there were no errors because my computer rebooted when it was completed and there was no report of errors.

I'm slowly working my way through the steps.

For step 7 it says to uncheck everything in startup except AV? Does that mean Anti virus? Here is a pic of the only startup programs I have checked.
Computer freezing while gaming-startup.png
I'm thinking maybe I can skip this step because I just reformatted my computer a week ago and haven't really installed anything.

Step 8: No solutions

Step 9: I tried a system restore already with no luck. I also do not have any restore points that date back to before the freezing issue anymore.

Step 10: auto updating is enabled and I've installed all windows and gpu driver updates

Step 11: Latest display drivers are installed

I'll update with the rest of the steps soon. It seems like I can probably skip a bunch of them because I just reformatted and still have the same problem. Let me know what you guys think. Hopefully I'll get to the bottom of this soon.

Thanks again for the help

My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Oct 2014   #10

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

Did you configure Windows to create minidumps?
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