Overall driver failure (video card to blame?)

By pacmanofgb
Jun 25, 2011
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  1. Okay, so here's the deal. A while back, (like 6 months ago), I began to get the occasional BSOD. Since my computer needed more RAM anyway, I took this as an opportunity to upgrade to 2GB of RAM. However, I kept on getting the issue. Then, I installed a fresh version of Windows, but still encountered the problem. All of my drivers are up to date. Currently, the computer is "workable" but many hardware intensive activities will cause the computer to either completely lock up, or go to a BSOD. For example, I can play TF2 for somewhere around 20 minutes before I will get a memory reference error. Other times, it will crash and yield a IRQL error on the BSOD. According to Whocrashed, these crashes have been caused by everything from Avast, to the Windows Kernel, to the video driver. To make matters even more fun, I've run memtest86 for 7 cycles on both of my RAM sticks without any problems.

    so i reinstalled the graphics driver and still got the error. Additionally, there is still a memory reference error. Additionally, after the BSOD occurs, the computer will reset itself. When it does so, it will usually hang on the screen for the motherboard (that is before Windows itself actually boots up) until I manually kill the power and restart the computer. For reference the memory error was: "The instruction at "0x0116e037" referenced memory at "0x000000b0". The memory could not be "read"."
    Any help would be much appreciated. I have attatched some of the crash dumps as well as my system specs.

    Attached Files:

  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Of the three Zip files that you have attached which one contains the most recent dump files?
  3. pacmanofgb

    pacmanofgb TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ummmm, i believe its that top one. I'm not entirely sure. Since i first posted this, i've had a new development where my computer wont boot past the motherboard logo, so I can't definitively tell you which dumps are most recent. After i reinstalled the video driver from the disc, the computer booted fine once, and then proceeded to hang every subsequent time.
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    As repeated in your minidumps your issue is with memory corruption. Therefore you’ll need to run Memtest on your RAM.

    1. Go to and download the latest ISO version which is 4.20. It is free and perfectly safe.

    2. Burn ISO to a CD.

    3. Place CD in your drive and reboot with CD in drive. (You might have to place your drive as first bootable in your BIOS) The test will take over.

    There is a Tutorial: How to use Memtest in our Guides and Tutorials forum; follow the instructions. There is a newer version than what is listed; use the newer. If you need to see what the Memtest screen looks like go to reply #21. The third screen is the Memtest screen.

    Step1 - Let it run for a LONG time. The rule is a minimum of 7 Passes (not hours; this test is not measured by hours); the more Passes after 7 so much the better. The only exception is if you start getting errors before 7 Passes then you can skip to Step 2.

    There are 8 individual tests per Pass. Many people will start this test before going to bed and check it the next day.

    If you have errors you have corrupted memory and it needs to be replaced.

    Step 2 – Because of errors you need to run this test per stick of RAM. Take out one and run the test. Then take that one out and put the other in and run the test. If you start getting errors before 7 Passes you know that stick is corrupted and you don’t need to run the test any further on that stick.

    * Get back to us with the results.

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