A set of monthly BSODs

By toottoot
Feb 11, 2012
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  1. Hi all,
    I was hoping to have my minidump's looked at to give me an idea of what's wrong.
    For more than a year my computer would freeze then BSOD. This occurs 3 or 4 times in one week, every 2 or 3 months. After that one week everything is fine. Then 2 months later it happens again, like a cycle.
    When these Freeze/BSOD occur I'm not doing anything much, browsing the internet, reading documents, small stuff...
    I did memtest and Dell Diagnostic, everything pass except video card, it failed two "user" tests where it ask "Is this RED, Is this Brown", that sort of question, A couple of the colors were wrong at lower resolution. I did not think this was a big thing, I don't notice any problems in Windows.

    What do my minidumps tell you? I'd really appreciate the help.
    (I could not upload them to forum, they were 277kb)
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Please use the zip feature built in to the Attachment utility. Read and follow these instructions:

    All the way at the bottom are the instructions on how to post minidumps, but in the mean time learn how to test the memory and the hard drive before we go the minidump route
  3. toottoot

    toottoot TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok thanks, will post soon,
    I tested the memory with memtest and the hard drive as well, no errors.
  4. toottoot

    toottoot TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i zipped the minidumps, i hope it was successful.

    Attached Files:

  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    The minidumps show nothing that really helps here, but thanks for posting them properly... Are you over-clocking?
    What are your computer specs including video card and power supply?
  6. toottoot

    toottoot TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for checking them.
    It'd be so nice if they said "It's this" so I'd know. :(
    I will get you that information soon, I will edit this post sometime today. (busy doing housework).

    Edit: As I was gathering system info I noticed that in "Devices and Printers" there was an unknown device. I recall on two or three other occasions where the computer was BSOD, that there an unknown device at those times as well. The unknown device turned out to be the webcam. Unplugging it from usb slot to another makes it appear again in the Devices and Printers properly. Is this due to plugging into a USB hub? Scratch happened when connected to the back of computer too, awhile back. I don't why it's doing that, it works and drivers are updated, I recently did a reformat as well.

    here's some system info anyway, maybe the computer crashing does that to the webcam.
    Dell, Studio XPS 435T/9000
    i7 920 @2.66
    12 GB RAM ddr3
    Geforce GTX 260
    I have creative soundblaster card, 7.1, with the drivers installed, though im not using it, using usb BOSE system.
    475 watt power supply
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Okay, this could be caused by a rouge program too
  8. toottoot

    toottoot TS Rookie Topic Starter

    edited #6 post
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    So everything is working now without a BSOD?
  10. toottoot

    toottoot TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yes and NO. It froze a couple times. I had to press and hold power button to power down.

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