Windows 7 BSODs, all different errors, cannot track down problem

By Steve S
Jun 19, 2011
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  1. Steve S

    Steve S Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 48

    Not yet, doing those this morning
  2. Steve S

    Steve S Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 48

    Another BSOD. angry

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  3. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    Ok, have you done the checks on the RAM slots? Please get this done next, even a small foreign object in the slot or a damaged contact could be the cause of this problem.

    Once you are sure the slots are completely clean and undamaged then run this CPU stability test. I have provided links for alternative instructions.

    http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=103

    Prime95 Setup:
    - extract the contents of the zip file to a location of your choice
    - double click on the executable file
    - select "Just stress testing"
    - select the "Blend" test. If you've already run MemTest overnight please run the "Small FFTs" test instead. (run all 3 if you find a problem and note how long it takes to error out with each)
    - "Number of torture test threads to run" should equal the number of CPU's times 2 (if you're using hyperthreading).
    The easiest way to figure this out is to go to Task Manager...Performance tab - and see the number of boxes under CPU Usage History
    Then run the test for 6 to 24 hours - or until you get errors (whichever comes first).
    This won't necessarily crash the system - but check the output in the test window for errors.
    The Test selection box and the stress.txt file describes what components that the program stresses.

    Windows 7 forum instructions.
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/100352-cpu-stress-test-prime95.html

    Prime95 instructions
    http://www.playtool.com/pages/prime95/prime95.html
  4. Steve S

    Steve S Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 48

    Sorry, I forgot to mention that in my last post. I checked the RAM slots and the pins are all fine, no foreign matter in there either. Pins on the RAM itself are good too. I also checked all the connections between hardware too, all good. I'll run Prime 95 today.
  5. Steve S

    Steve S Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 48

    ran prime95 for 9 hours, all passes
  6. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    That rules out the CPU but doesn't explain why the system thought a new one had been fitted:confused:

    Run this for me and attach the log so I can see if there is anything in your system that should not be there. Please don't be tempted to use the software to make any changes as you could cause futher problems.


    Please download HJT Installer from HERE

    • Click the Download button. When the TrendMicro HJT install box appears, double click on the HJTInstall.exe. Click on Install.
      * It will be installed by default here: C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis.
      * A shortcut to the application will also be placed on your Desktop.
      * The program will open automatically after installation.
      * You can double-click the icon that was placed on the Desktop to run subsequent HijackThis scans or you can use the icon inside the folder.
      * The folder HijackThis is where you will find the HJT logs that you save.
      * When you use the application to remove anything, you will also find the backup copies made by HJT inside this folder.
      * The first time you open HijackThis, check the Main Menu button at the bottom center. When the main menu appears check the box "Show this window when I start HijackThis".
      * Click on "Do a system scan and save logfile." When the log pops up in Notepad, copy and paste that file back here as a New Message in this forum.
      * DO NOT have HijackThis fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.
  7. Steve S

    Steve S Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 48

    Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
    Scan saved at 11:09:14 AM, on 7/8/2011
    Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
    Boot mode: Normal

    Running processes:
    C:\Windows\DAODx.exe
    C:\Program Files\ASUS\TurboV EVO\TurboVHELP.exe
    C:\Program Files (x86)\DeviceVM\Browser Configuration Utility\BCU.exe
    C:\Program Files (x86)\NEC Electronics\USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver\Application\nusb3mon.exe
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
    C:\Users\Stephen\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
    C:\Users\Stephen\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
    C:\Users\Stephen\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
    C:\Users\Stephen\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
    C:\Users\Stephen\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
    C:\Users\Stephen\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
    C:\Windows\SysWOW64\rundll32.exe
    C:\Users\Stephen\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
    C:\Users\Stephen\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
    C:\Users\Stephen\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
    C:\Users\Stephen\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = google.com
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    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
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    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
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    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
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    O2 - BHO: &Yahoo! Toolbar Helper - {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll
    O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
    O2 - BHO: Groove GFS Browser Helper - {72853161-30C5-4D22-B7F9-0BBC1D38A37E} - C:\PROGRA~2\MICROS~2\Office14\GROOVEEX.DLL
    O2 - BHO: SkypeIEPluginBHO - {AE805869-2E5C-4ED4-8F7B-F1F7851A4497} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\skypeieplugin.dll
    O2 - BHO: URLRedirectionBHO - {B4F3A835-0E21-4959-BA22-42B3008E02FF} - C:\PROGRA~2\MICROS~2\Office14\URLREDIR.DLL
    O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
    O2 - BHO: SingleInstance Class - {FDAD4DA1-61A2-4FD8-9C17-86F7AC245081} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\YTSingleInstance.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: Yahoo! Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [BCU] "C:\Program Files (x86)\DeviceVM\Browser Configuration Utility\BCU.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NUSB3MON] "C:\Program Files (x86)\NEC Electronics\USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver\Application\nusb3mon.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [StartCCC] "C:\Program Files (x86)\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\CLIStart.exe" MSRun
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [BCSSync] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\BCSSync.exe" /DelayServices
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe ARM] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe"
    O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\Sidebar.exe /autoRun (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
    O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\RunOnce: [mctadmin] C:\Windows\System32\mctadmin.exe (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
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    O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~2\MICROS~2\Office14\EXCEL.EXE/3000
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    O9 - Extra button: Skype Plug-In - {898EA8C8-E7FF-479B-8935-AEC46303B9E5} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\skypeieplugin.dll
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Skype Plug-In - {898EA8C8-E7FF-479B-8935-AEC46303B9E5} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\skypeieplugin.dll
    O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\program files (x86)\national instruments\shared\mdns responder\nimdnsnsp.dll
    O11 - Options group: [ACCELERATED_GRAPHICS] Accelerated graphics
    O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{7E8E2220-6166-48BF-A428-75C3CA8D710E}: NameServer = 192.168.1.254
    O17 - HKLM\System\CS1\Services\Tcpip\..\{7E8E2220-6166-48BF-A428-75C3CA8D710E}: NameServer = 192.168.1.254
    O17 - HKLM\System\CS2\Services\Tcpip\..\{7E8E2220-6166-48BF-A428-75C3CA8D710E}: NameServer = 192.168.1.254
    O18 - Protocol: skype-ie-addon-data - {91774881-D725-4E58-B298-07617B9B86A8} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\skypeieplugin.dll
    O18 - Protocol: skype4com - {FFC8B962-9B40-4DFF-9458-1830C7DD7F5D} - C:\PROGRA~2\COMMON~1\Skype\SKYPE4~1.DLL
    O18 - Filter hijack: text/xml - {807573E5-5146-11D5-A672-00B0D022E945} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OFFICE14\MSOXMLMF.DLL
    O23 - Service: SAS Core Service (!SASCORE) - SUPERAntiSpyware.com - C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SASCORE64.EXE
    O23 - Service: Adobe Acrobat Update Service (AdobeARMservice) - Adobe Systems Incorporated - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\armsvc.exe
    O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\Alg.exe,-112 (ALG) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\alg.exe (file missing)
    O23 - Service: AMD External Events Utility - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\atiesrxx.exe (file missing)
    O23 - Service: AMD FUEL Service - Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. - C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Fuel\Fuel.Service.exe
    O23 - Service: Apple Mobile Device - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
    O23 - Service: ASUS System Control Service (AsSysCtrlService) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\AsSysCtrlService\1.00.05\AsSysCtrlService.exe
    O23 - Service: Browser Configuration Utility Service (BCUService) - DeviceVM, Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\DeviceVM\Browser Configuration Utility\BCUService.exe
    O23 - Service: CyMiniProg3Service - Cypress Semiconductor - C:\Program Files (x86)\Cypress\Programmer\3.12\Service\CyMiniProg3Service.exe
    O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\efssvc.dll,-100 (EFS) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\lsass.exe (file missing)
    O23 - Service: EPSON V5 Service4(01) (EPSON_EB_RPCV4_01) - SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION - C:\ProgramData\EPSON\EPW!3 SSRP\E_S40STB.EXE
    O23 - Service: EPSON V3 Service4(01) (EPSON_PM_RPCV4_01) - SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION - C:\ProgramData\EPSON\EPW!3 SSRP\E_S40RPB.EXE
    O23 - Service: @%systemroot%\system32\fxsresm.dll,-118 (Fax) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\fxssvc.exe (file missing)
    O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdate) (gupdate) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
    O23 - Service: Google Update Service (gupdatem) (gupdatem) - Google Inc. - C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
    O23 - Service: iPod Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
    O23 - Service: @keyiso.dll,-100 (KeyIso) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
    O23 - Service: Logitech Bluetooth Service (LBTServ) - Logitech, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\Bluetooth\lbtserv.exe
    O23 - Service: Lookout Citadel Server (LkCitadelServer) - National Instruments, Inc. - C:\Windows\SysWOW64\lkcitdl.exe
    O23 - Service: National Instruments PSP Server Locator (lkClassAds) - National Instruments Corporation - C:\Windows\SysWOW64\lkads.exe
    O23 - Service: National Instruments Time Synchronization (lkTimeSync) - National Instruments Corporation - C:\Windows\SysWOW64\lktsrv.exe
    O23 - Service: @comres.dll,-2797 (MSDTC) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\System32\msdtc.exe (file missing)
    O23 - Service: NI Configuration Manager (mxssvr) - National Instruments Corporation - C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\MAX\nimxs.exe
    O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\System32\netlogon.dll,-102 (Netlogon) - Unknown owner - C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe (file missing)
    O23 - Service: NI Application Web Server (NIApplicationWebServer) - National Instruments Corporation - C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\Shared\NI WebServer\ApplicationWebServer.exe
    O23 - Service: National Instruments Domain Service (NIDomainService) - National Instruments Corporation - C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\Shared\Security\nidmsrv.exe
    O23 - Service: National Instruments LXI Discovery Service (niLXIDiscovery) - National Instruments Corporation - C:\Program Files (x86)\IVI Foundation\VISA\WinNT\NIvisa\niLxiDiscovery.exe
    O23 - Service: National Instruments mDNS Responder Service (nimDNSResponder) - National Instruments Corporation - C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\Shared\mDNS Responder\nimdnsResponder.exe
    O23 - Service: NI PXI Resource Manager Service (nipxirmu) - National Instruments Corporation - C:\Windows\SysWOW64\nipxism.exe
    O23 - Service: National Instruments RIO Server (NiRioRpc) - National Instruments Corporation - C:\Windows\SysWOW64\NiRioRpc.exe
    O23 - Service: NI System Web Server (niSvcLoc) - National Instruments Corporation - C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\Shared\NI WebServer\SystemWebServer.exe
    O23 - Service: National Instruments Variable Engine (NITaggerService) - National Instruments Corporation - C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\Shared\Tagger\tagsrv.exe
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  8. Steve S

    Steve S Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 48

    Alright we may be on to something else here. I set the RAMs frequency to 1600 in the BIOS (as CPUZ was showing it as severely underclocked), and logged back in to check CPU-Z. Now every time I load CPU-Z, it BSODS my system right as the loading bar is about to finish. I then set the RAM frequency back to AUTO, and now CPU-Z loads fine (showing the DRAM Frequency as 668.9 MHz). HMMM

    Let me know if you want to see the DMP files from the 2 "CPU-Z" BSODS
  9. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    Your HijackThis log looks fine as long as you recognise the O10 entry and the IP address at the end of the O17.

    O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:\program files (x86)\national instruments\shared\mdns responder\nimdnsnsp.dll

    O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{7E8E2220-6166-48BF-A428-75C3CA8D710E}: NameServer = 192.168.1.254

    Does "ASUS\TurboV EVO" (overclocking software), shown running in the HJT log, relate to CPU-Z? If it doesn't and CPU-Z is a seperate oveclocking program they may be conflicting.

    You don't appear to have any Anti Virus installed, just SuperAntiSpyware, and no third party firewall. Or were they disabled when the log was made?

    Yes, please send the minidumps in, there is clearly something odd going on with the RAM frequency and the overclocking software.
  10. Steve S

    Steve S Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 48

    I wasn't aware that you could overclock with CPU-Z? I thought it was just for monitoring. I actually have TurboV, AMD Vision Engine Control, and CPU-Z then. 3 OC programs, if CPUZ does OC. I'll uninstall 2 of them. And I use MSE, SAS, and Malwarebytes in conjunction (with just MSE as the only real-time scanner).

    Attached Files:

  11. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    You know more about the software than I do, I just assumed your were using CPU-Z to control the overclocking.

    Anyway, both the minidumps show CPU-Z as the problem so that is the one I would uninstall.

    Your security software setup sounds fine but adding a third party firewall can give a bit of extra protection. Zone Alarm does a good free version that works well with Windows 7 64bit.

    http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-pc-security-free-firewall.htm
     
  12. Steve S

    Steve S Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 48

    I have heard of ZoneAlarm in itself causing BSODs. I think I'm going to stick with my current configuration. It hasn't failed me yet (fingers crossed)
  13. Steve S

    Steve S Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 48

    Going on vacation for a week. See you all then.
  14. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    Have a nice time, speak to you later.
  15. Steve S

    Steve S Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 48

    back from vacation, will post with any updates
  16. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    Ok, welcome back.
  17. Steve S

    Steve S Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 48

    Another BSOD last night. Very similar diagnostic to many of the earlier ones.

    Attached Files:

  18. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    Using the windows debugger this crash clearly states "Memory Corruption".

    Something is definately wrong with your RAM, RAM timings or voltage settings or the associated circuitry on the motherboard.

    All I can suggest is you check all the settings in the Bios.
  19. Steve S

    Steve S Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 48

    I'll look again. Is there any way to find out what exactly the number should be? I know the timing as a series of 4 numbers, but when I go to the BIOS setting to set these values, there are something like 8 or 9 values that can be changed. Also, should the voltage be at auto or the RAM's given voltage?
  20. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    Remove a RAM stick to see the model number and the manufaturer. Look it up on the manufacturer's site. When in doubt, the voltage would be best set to whatever the manufacturer recommends.
  21. Steve S

    Steve S Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 48

    Well I manually set the voltage and frequency to what the manufacturer recommended, and my system wouldn't load past the windows symbol on startup
  22. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    I am a little out of my depth with RAM settings as I have never worked on a system where you can change anything more than the voltage setting. If your manual settings are correct then clearly something is either wrong with the RAM or the motherboard.

    Going back to post 3 where you found that you might have two bad RAM slots I am begining to wonder if that fault is also having an effect on the other two slots. Are you still just using the two good slots? Try running memtest again for a good 12 hours.

    See if you can find any information about the RAM timings on the manufacturer's site for the motherboard or in the manual.
  23. Steve S

    Steve S Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 48

    I am going out of town again on Wednesday, so I will let Memtest run all day then and have one of my family members report to me after 12 hours or so. I found that the RAM I am using is on the QVL for my mobo (it was either someone here or someone on a different forum that said it wasn't), so that isn't the problem.
  24. Steve S

    Steve S Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 48

    Alright guys... I held out through 3-5 more BSODs in the last few days, until finally I got a blue screen and no reboot (not even a POST). I noticed the DRAM LED was red when I tried to bootup, so I switched around RAM configurations for a bit. I got it to boot using the slower speed DIMM slots, then switched the RAM back to the higher speed slots (where it was when I got the BSOD/no boot). And it worked?! I had tried this configuration 4-6 times before and it hadn't worked, now suddenly it did. Waiting for the next BSOD... if anyone has any insight that would be great
  25. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    I am not sure what to suggest, but now it appears the fault is intermittent I would suspect a bad contact in the slots.

    I would push the RAM sticks in and out of the slots several times which should ensure that any dirt on the contacts is removed. Blow the slots out with compressed air and run the PC to check for any further faults.


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