BSOD Win7 error 0x7e but other randoms too

By jerkfay
Feb 11, 2011
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  1. Hi guys,

    Im getting BSOD's at very weird times. On boot, shut down. I cant even boot into Window 7 DVD without getting a BSOD of death now.

    I cant figure out the minidump hope someone can please shed some light so I can figure out whats going on.

    Thanks guys.

    Attached Files:

  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    I don't like to jump to conclusions from just one memory dump but this one does imply your memory is faulty. If your PC has more than one memory stick remove all the other/s and then run the PC on just one of your sticks at a time and see if you get further crashes, if/when a crash occurs swap to another stick and run again (also, send in the dump file).

    If you only have one memory stick then follow this guide.

    If this process does not reveal the problem then follow this to check for any problem drivers.

  3. jerkfay

    jerkfay TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I did a ubuntu install and that runs fine. Formatted the hard drive, tried to load up Win7 to install BSOD straight away.

    Tested hard drive with sea tools. Runs fine.
  4. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    Have you carried out the tests I suggested on your memory?

    Please provide the error codes from the BSOD when you tried the win 7 install.
  5. jerkfay

    jerkfay TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes I did a Memtest. No errors.

    Also removed all the componets from the case and tested it outside of the case.. Still BSOD.

    The last error I got was 0x7E wdf01000.sys

    I have no OS on the hard drive.

    Asus M4N68T-M
    AMD Athlon II Dual Core 255
    2gb Corsair 1333 DDR3
    500gb Seagate Sata
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,681   +86

    It is strange that it would happen only while installing windows; please ensure that your windows installation dvd is error free.

    Is your RAM is listed in QVL of your motherboard ? You can find QVL for your board on Asus site.

    In addition TS boards are littered with RAM issues on Asus boards. So I'd suggest you to closely check RAM settings in BIOS; as they should match with the ones came on RAM's packaging. You may even have to tweak things a bit in a customized way to see at which point system becomes stable.
  7. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    This is a description of the error code.

    With no OS installed at the time of the error this suggests hardware (which would include Bios settings) to be the most likely cause, it's not likely to be anything else when there is no OS installed.

    This would completely agree with what Archean has suggested.

    How many RAM sticks do you have, if two or more try the install process with just one installed as I suggested earlier. You said you ran memtest but you didn't say if you had tried to run with just one stick in. Again I am having to guess what you have and have not done. Please be more informative.

    It may be worth trying a Bios reset. Simply remove the battery on the motherboard for about ten minutes and then reinsert it. Then try the win 7 install again.

    I have checked the QVL and the components you have listed, CPU and memory, are correct.
  8. jerkfay

    jerkfay TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes I only have 1 stick on RAM in it. Ok I'll pull out the bios battery.
  9. jerkfay

    jerkfay TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Pulled the battery out. Still has the same bsod error message. Looks like I'll have to get some new ram then.
  10. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    I can only hope that the problem is due to a faulty RAM stick and that it is not a fault on the mobo. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you.

    Please let me know if the new RAM is successful.

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