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Tier 2 BSOD Issues
03-09-2012, 07:56 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-09-2012, 07:58 PM by Jiopaba.)
Tier 2 BSOD Issues
Hello all! I'm back! About a week ago I ordered the parts for a Tier 2 build, and I put it together. My adventures in this are well documented in another forum so I'll move on.

I've installed an OEM copy of 64 Bit Windows Ultimate, and everything has been working pretty much okay. Except for all the BSOD's. It wasn't so bad, but it seems to have gotten worse lately. After solving some initial issues involving the motherboard's 24 and 8 pin power connectors I reduced it a bit, but I'm still crashing out of windows every hour or so. More often if I try to do anything at all intensive with the system.

It's a Tier 2 build with only three alterations. First off, it doesn't have the optical drive. I had been intending to use one I already had on hand, but it turned out it wasn't compatible. I have one of those on order now and it'll arrive in a couple days.

Second, it's got a HDD that I already had lying around. It's a Seagate Barracuda and I've checked it over enough ways that I'm reasonably sure that it's not the problem. The HDD is in basically perfect health.

Third, and most importantly, I upgraded the motherboard. Thanks to some shipping delays with the first one, I just went ahead and got the ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 which was listed as a higher cost option for future-proofing a Tier 2 somewhat.

As to the BSOD's themselves, I've run into several different ones doing different things. The most common one is STOP 0x00000050 PAGE FAULT IN NON-PAGED AREA.

The other big one that I can't seem to resolve is 0x1E. I've variously run into a few others like 0x24 and 0x7E, but those were a one-off thing that haven't showed up again.

I have installed a bit of software that might make a difference so far, and stability has been hit or miss in Safe Mode.

I've got the latest Firefox, and Mozilla Thunderbird. The newest Catalyst drivers for the HD6870 in the system. A handful of games like Minecraft. Steam, which is about 2,000 MB into downloading another game. Windows Media Player Classic - Home Cinema. Winamp. I've got all the Windows updates up til' Service Pack 1, which refuses to install correctly.

Hmm... not much else comes to mind.

If I could resolve even one of these I could get my system to hang around long enough for me to get in and copy the Minidump files generated from a crash, but... hmm...

Oh yes, and I've already run some tests to try to figure it out. I did four passes of a Memory Diagnostic on the middle option for thoroughness, and I also did a full Chkdsk which took a very long time to look over all my free space. Neither turned up any problems.

Since it hasn't actually crashed that I've noticed before Windows 7 started loading, I'm thinking that if I can't figure this out by, say, evening tomorrow, then I'll just reinstall Windows 7 and see if it keeps happening or if it turns out to be some mistake I made.

Any help would be much appreciated. I'd start my query somewhere like PCWorld except it occurred to me that there are probably people here who have almost the exact same computer I do now, whereas anywhere else I'd be at great pains to explain my hardware. This place has already been a great resource for when I was buying the computer, and it directed me to the ArsTechnica article which helped me put it together. Now I just need to resolve the Software Issues and I'm golden.

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Tier 2 BSOD Issues - by Jiopaba - 03-09-2012, 07:56 PM
RE: Tier 2 BSOD Issues - by Jiopaba - 03-14-2012, 01:26 AM
RE: Tier 2 BSOD Issues - by mwhals - 03-14-2012, 12:15 PM
RE: Tier 2 BSOD Issues - by van13330gg - 03-14-2012, 06:18 PM
RE: Tier 2 BSOD Issues - by Larriman - 03-20-2012, 12:50 AM
RE: Tier 2 BSOD Issues - by PwnBroker - 03-20-2012, 09:02 AM

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