My Computer gets the BSOD

By kin3tic
Oct 11, 2008
  1. I've done the memtest already and passed it.

    Checked computer temps with speedfan; they're all cool:
    System: 35C
    CPU: 34C
    HD0-1: 34C
    Core 0-3: 37C.

    I haven't done ANY overclocking and probably wont.

    Updated my bios to the latest one.

    The latest dump in the zip is the one where I turned off automatic restart to see the BSOD and read the error. The other two were the ones where I didn't know what had happened since it was too fast for me. The latest dump was when I was playing bioshock, the others where when I was just surfing the internet.

    I was looking around for similar problems to mine and It kind of made me think it was a video card driver issue associated with ATi. So this might not be the right spot to post this but yeah.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Inside the 3 MiniDumps:
    Vsdatant.sys driver from Zone Labs

    Try uninstalling Zone Alarm. We get lots of user faults from this firewall
  3. kin3tic

    kin3tic TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Alright I uninstalled it.

    But upon restarting I got another bsod.

    I should of wrote it down. I assumed it would of been in my event viewer but it isn't. And it didn't make a .dmp file.
  4. kin3tic

    kin3tic TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Is there anything else I can do to see if I get BSOD still? My computer has been alright idling so far.

    I tried stressing my video card with ATItools artifact error test. Going to try 3Dmark06 batch size test.
  5. kin3tic

    kin3tic TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    It didn't crash during the Batch Size Test on the highest triangle setting for 30minutes.

    However, when doing the entire test it did crash.

    Here's the minidump.

    After I came back to check up on it my monitor was showing jumbled colors. Kind of like a plaid shirt.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  7. kin3tic

    kin3tic TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    From quickly googling "THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER"

    The problem IS my video card? Should I try the previous drivers (8.8, 8.7, possibly 8.6?)

    I was asking for help in another forums and they suggested to me that I:
    1. Uninstall drivers through device manager
    2. Restart in VGA mode
    3. Install drivers
    4. Reboot.

    Should I do the same for the previous drivers?
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Sorry was rushing around before, and I thought you might go offline, so I just posted the results.

    1. Uninstall the drivers from Add/Remove programs in the Control Panel of Windows.
    2. Restart the computer.
    3. Run Driver Sweeper*, select the drivers that you have uninstalled and click Clean button.
    4. Install the new drivers.

    * For Windows Vista users, please run Driver Sweeper in administrator mode.
    Right mouse click Driver Sweeper shortcut and click Run as administrator.

    To download and install Driver Sweeper, please click HERE. (direct link)
    Save DriverSweeper_1.5.5-setup-[].exe file on the hard disk.
    Run DriverSweeper_1.5.5-setup-[].exe.
  9. kin3tic

    kin3tic TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Before I do this,

    Would adjusting the fanspeed for my video card with Rivatuner be a fault or is it fully a driver issue/video card hardware issue?

    Because I'm using the low-level system settings to lower the fan speed since it howls like you wouldn't believe. I'm using the exact same settings suggested in for linear mode 2.

    Also I can assume I can rule out over heating, right? During load it's only 60C and thats when my fan picks up to 1100rpm, linearly increasing.
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Have a look at ArcticSilver Instructions

    I say re-thermal paste the CPU
    The fan shouldn't be howling

    Also can't see how that's the fault, unless your CPU is faulty (which it could be, from possible over heating!)

    Must go, please let me know, in Reply, how it all went. Good luck :)
  11. kin3tic

    kin3tic TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    I checked around and people have their Q6600 running way higher than mine.

    Mines idle right now at ~34C for all three. During the tests I did it went up to ~46C. According to speedfan.

    So I ruled that out, I guess.

    I'll let you know how it goes I'm just getting some confirmation on somethings before I do this.
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