0x000000F4 BSOD's (daily) on gaming PC (Windows 7 64-bit)

By DecosterDavid
Jan 14, 2012
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  1. To anyone able to help,

    A month ago I bought a reasonably high-end gaming PC with the following setup:
    - Gigabyte G1.Sniper 2 motherboard with integrated network card and Creative Labs X-Fi sound card
    - SilverStone ST1500 (1500W) PSU
    - 2 x EVGA (NVIDIA) GeForce GTX 580 set up in SLI
    - 16 Gb DDR3 RAM (Kingston)
    - Intel® Core™ i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40 GHz
    - Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler
    - 2 x Corsair Force 3 SSD (225 Mb) set up in RAID 0 (Stripe)
    - LiteOn Blu-Ray / DVD Burner/Reader/Drive
    - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit OS, DVD already included Service Pack 1
    - Windows Office Home and Business 2010
    - An old Dell PS/2 keyboard from my previous PC
    - An old Dell USB mouse from my previous PC

    The problem I face is as follows:
    - At random times and intervals, my PC will lock up, sometimes play sound in an infinite loop, and crash shortly thereafter through a BSOD (roughly 4-5 times a day).
    - I tried disabling programs and pinpointing whether it was a specific program that caused the crashes, but ultimately, the crashes occur under different program combinations and don’t seem to be related to any of the programs listed above (not sure though).
    - Even though I have set up Windows to make a minidump file, it has only created an actual file ONCE (which leads me to believe it may not be related to the regular BSOD’s).
    - I did manage to take snapshots of the BSOD on several (4) occasions though.
    - Rebooting the PC 2-3 times will get me back in through ‘Start Windows normally’ without any problems.
    - I’ve run chkdsk (no issues) and I created a new pagefile as per Julio’s instructions.
    - Even the techs at the store I bought the PC from aren’t sure where the problem is coming from. They say they’ve tested all the hardware components though, which is why I didn’t run the memtest program (don’t want to start fiddling with components either if I can avoid it (see below).
    - Finally, I’m a newbie concerning hardware and software, so some further explanation might be requested.

    BSOD Stop Code: 0x000000F4
    BCP’s (1-4) have been (on the 4 BSOD’s I managed to snapshot):
    (0x0000000000000003, 0xFFFFFA8013DF87F0, 0xFFFFFA8013DF8AD0, 0xFFFFF80003B8C8B0)
    or (0x0000000000000003, 0xFFFFFA8013EF2060, 0xFFFFFA8013EF2340, 0xFFFFF80003B928B0)
    or (0x0000000000000003, 0xFFFFFA8013E84640, 0xFFFFFA8013E84920, 0xFFFFF80003BD88B0)
    or (0x0000000000000003, 0xFFFFFA8013DFC060, 0xFFFFFA8013DFC340, 0xFFFFF80003BE88B0)

    Background Programs running while crashes occur:
    - AVG Internet Security
    - Creative Labs Volume Control Screen
    - Intel ® Rapid Storage Technology (RAID monitor)
    - NVIDIA Settings

    Other Programs sometimes running when crashes occur:
    - Internet Explorer
    - MediaPLayer Home Cinema
    - Teamspeak 3
    - World of Tanks (Game)
    - Battlefield 3 (Game)

    I provided the one single .dmp file I managed to get so far in a zip file below. Also, I can provide anyone willing to help with screenies of the BSOD's I managed to capture.
    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thank you kindly,

    Attached Files:

  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    The combination of SLI and SSD's may be an issue here. The minidumps are rather vague... MSFS and RDPBUS.SYS. Have you checked the memory. It is probably okay but a voltage or timing adjustment may be needed

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