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BSOD while playing video games

By connorhj
Feb 1, 2012
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  1. Hi there, I seem to get constant BSOD's whenever I play video games such as the witcher 2, Star wars: Knights of the old republic etc. I never get a BSOD otherwise.

    My PC specs are below:

    OS: Windows Vista Ultimate
    Motherboard: Asus M2N-SLI DELUXE
    RAM: 3GB Corsair DDR2
    Hard drive: 250GB, SATA
    DVD Drive: Sony DVD+R 20x
    Graphics Card: Gecube Radeon HD 3850
    CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) core processor 6400+

    Whenever a BSOD occurs its always PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA, caused by the address: ntoskrnl.exe+705c0

    I've tried numerous things to locate the source, such as memory tests, new power supply, disk checks however nothing seems to help.

    My most recent mini dump file is:

    Bug Check string: PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
    Bug Check code: 0x00000050
    Parameter 1: fffff880`0a27c000
    Parameter 2: 00000000`00000000
    Parameter 3: fffff800`03172b5a
    Parameter 4: 00000000`00000000
    Caused by driver: ntoskrnl.exe
    Caused by Address: ntoskrnl.exe+705c0
    Crash Address: ntoskrnl.exe+705c0
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,872   +166

    How about trying to update the video cards driver from AMD/ATI's website
     
  3. connorhj

    connorhj TS Rookie Topic Starter

    All my video card drivers and drivers in general are fully up to date :(.

    Here is the data from my most recent BSOD from today:

    Bug check string: PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
    Bug Check code: 0x00000050
    Parameter 1: fffff880`0a439008
    Parameter 2: 00000000`00000000
    Parameter 3: fffff800`031b0b5a
    Parameter 4: 00000000`00000000
    Caused by driver: ntoskrnl.exe
    Caused by address: ntoskrnl.exe+705c0
    File description: NT Kernel & System
    Crash Address: ntoskrnl.exe+705c0
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,872   +166

  5. RH00D

    RH00D TS Addict Posts: 408   +105

    I had a similar problem so if Tmagic650's instructions don't solve it for you then you may want to try my suggestion as it did work for me when having a BSOD in games only.

    The first thing I did was make sure all my drivers and software was up to date, and it was, like yours. So I figured it was a hardware related problem and it was.

    I had overclocked my CPU and adjusted some BIOS settings. The first thing I did was completely reset my BIOS settings to fail-safe defaults. Then only changed settings that I knew were irrelevant to the problem. I reset all overclocks to stock settings.

    I ran Windows Memory Diagnostic (memtest86+ works fine too) and the memory checked out fine. (It may be worth noting, I run a AM3 board with AM3 CPU, my RAM is rated for 1600MHz but on that frequency I get errors, 1366MHz runs without any errors.)

    I then ran Prime95 and the 3 preset tests. After the BIOS resets, all three preset tests that Prime95 offers ran without errors. Before the resets, I'd get errors on all three tests within 2 minutes.

    I have not gotten a BSOD in any games since doing that. It might be worth your time to test RAM/CPU with different settings in BIOS, even if it's underclocking the hardware. The more you test the more information you'll have to identify the problem specifically.

    Good luck.
     
  6. connorhj

    connorhj TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank for the advice, i'll get right on it when I buy a CD that I can boot from tomorrow :)
     
  7. connorhj

    connorhj TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the advice RH00D, I reset the CMOS last night and I've not had one BSOD since!
     


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