By KeeperJones
Aug 2, 2008
  1. I am having a heck of a time trying to figure out why my Vista64 machine is crashing fairly regularly. I went through the sticky items and the website mentioned and still have not been able to figure it out. I have switched out the processor, memory, sound card, and hard drive and am still having issues. I have finally setup WinDgb and came up with the read out a full dump below from the debugger. I have no antivirus on this machine and only have the windows firewall. It is basically a fairly fresh install that is not used for anything except as a media machine. There is no events in the log system right before the last BSOD, but there is a WHEA event shortly after reboot that may or may not help is below. I notice a fair amount of these looking back thru the log.

    There is also a CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT minidump in there too. I am beginning to think it might be an issue with the board.

    I am not sure, but I don't think it has ever had a different video card in it and it does have a couple of tuner cards in it.

    Any help or advice would greatly be appreciated

    ====It looks like my minidump files are not so mini, they are over the attachement size. Below is the main part of a full dump file.====


    WHEA-logger event:

    A corrected hardware error occurred.
    Error Source: Corrected Machine Check
    Error Type: Bus/Interconnect Error
    Processor ID Valid: Yes
    Processor ID: 0x3
    Bank Number: 0
    Transaction Type: N/A
    Processor Participation: Local node originated the request
    Request Type: Generic Error
    Memory/Io: Memory
    Memory Hierarchy Level: Level 0

    WinDbg Results:

    A fatal hardware error has occurred. Parameter 1 identifies the type of error
    source that reported the error. Parameter 2 holds the address of the
    WHEA_ERROR_RECORD structure that describes the error conditon.
    Arg1: 0000000000000000, MCA_ASSERT
    Arg2: fffffa8004424c6e, Address of WHEA_ERROR_RECORD structure
    Arg3: 00000000b6000400, High 32 bits of MCi_STATUS MSR for the MCA bank that had
    the error
    Arg4: 0000000004080800, Low 32 bits of MCi_STATUS MSR for the MCA bank that had
    the error

    Debugging Details:

    WHEA_ERROR_RECORD: !errrec fffffa8004424c6e
    BUGCHECK_STR: 0x124_GenuineIntel
    PROCESS_NAME: System

    . . . . . . .

    FOLLOWUP_NAME: MachineOwner
    MODULE_NAME: hardware
    IMAGE_NAME: hardware
    FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x124_GenuineIntel
    BUCKET_ID: X64_0x124_GenuineIntel
    Followup: MachineOwner
  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,416   +77

    Is this a self-build? If so, are the components all in the MS approved-for Vista list? If not, could be the reason, Vista is picky it seems. Alternatives are check for latest bios update, chipset driver updates. Next most likely problem is indeed a fault m/b
  3. KeeperJones

    KeeperJones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I hate to admit it, but I had not checked for a bios update and of course there was one. It has now been up for a day and a half and it looks like it is good to go. I have built easily a hundred machines, but I have stayed away from Vista until recently. My experience has been that if you have no hardware issues and at least a couple of gigs of memory, then it is not so bad. I agree, Vista is very picky about any issue at all. I fixed the first one I had issues with (memory errors) and now, with your help, I have fixed the second.

    Thanks for the reply,

  4. KeeperJones

    KeeperJones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well . . .

    maybe I spoke too fast. Ran great a few days and came back to a boot disk failure. Basically it crashed again. I restarted and there is not even a dump file, full or mini.

    It seems like the bios update must have helped, maybe not, but I was crashing once a day before. I was hoping to see something different from a dump file, but not this time. I will keep an eye on it. Until then, if anyone sees anything in the dump file above, I would love to hear from you.


  5. KeeperJones

    KeeperJones TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Two crashes and no dump. No mini or full. It comes back with a harddrive error, I reset and everything is fine. I am wondering if it is the harddrive controller on the board. I will try the Seagate test tonight. It is a new drive, so maybe I will see something.

    No ideas, anyone?
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