BSOD, pics included

By ScottyTB ยท 6 replies
Sep 20, 2010
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  1. This came out of no where, as it has run flawless for years

    Velocity Micro System
    Windows 7
    4 GIG Ram
    Quad Core Processor 2.4
    Nvidia 8800 GTS Grafx card
    not sure on the PSU

    This is a Windows 7 upgraded PC was originally purchased with Vista on it.

    Has worked Excellent for years



  2. ScottyTB

    ScottyTB TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Gave it a good vacuum and so far so good. I feel silly not trying this first. But, I think its time to upgrade the BIOS now that I have looked into everything
  3. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    I have seen others suggest bios updates.
    My sense is that they are the least needed and most troublesome.
    Unless you have a good reason to think you should, then ...
    I would suggest that you not flash your Bios unless you are sure you have a solid back-up plan.
    (Can you get back to where you are, if the bios update borks your system?)
  4. Tanlic

    Tanlic TS Rookie Posts: 47

    No offence but I find that strange thing to say considering I had more BSOD's than I've had hot dinners until I updated my BIOS. That was a couple of weeks ago and I've played games, while downloading 3 movies at time and given it a real workout at not one single crash or even a hint of one since.

    I'd say and I am guessing, that a lot of these BSOD's on windows 7 are caused by motherboards with a BIOS not built to cope with conflicts caused by some drivers that are part of windows 7.

    Way too many people are having crashes that wen't having them, before Windows, 7 to it be RAM or Hdd's all of a sudden gone bad from Calafornia to China.

    I ran the infamous Memtest and had errors so replaced my RAM and still had errors but after I flashed my BIOS.. no errors.

    I am bamboozled why people think an update to a BIOS is any less important than updating a driver. Surely the companies that launch them do so with good reason.

    Maybe I'm too suspicious but it's not that companies are going to advertise the fact if you buy a certain motherboard and install Windows 7 that the BIOS won't run it properly. That would soon get around and the sales on those motherboards would fall through the floor.

    I'd say it the first thing people should look at if their machie was running well before upgrading to Windows 7 not the last. As you say as long as they can back up their data etc.

    However it's only my opinion and there's a lot of people on here know a lot more about computers than I do.
  5. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    @ Tanlic
    No offense, but a bios update will not correct for defective memory.

    A bios update MAY (sometimes) be able to recognize when memory has been incorrectly configured under a previous bios and make needed corrections - it is conceivable... haven't yet seen it, but it is possible!
    Memtest MAY report memory as bad if the bios has been set with incorrect settings for your memory.
    But this is a user issue, not a bios issue.

    My point was that people have "borked" their system by flashing their bios (incorrectly) when an update was not needed to begin with.
    Hence my recommendation to know what you are doing and how you will get back if you do have a problem with your newly flashed/updated bios!
  6. ScottyTB

    ScottyTB TS Rookie Topic Starter

    After going through this.

    My advice is..... Take out your RAM, video, and sound card, clean your PC and re-seat everything.

    Seems to cure more than I would ever imagined.
  7. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    As noted in Julio's post at the top of the forum...
    Heat is one of the major causes of problems, and dust in the system is a blanket that traps heat in.
    You might find SpeedFan to be a helpful utility.
    It provides a System Tray icon with your current cpu temperature, and you can hover over it to see other temperatures that are being reported, (ie hard drives).
    Another useful utility is Everest!
    Both have free versions, hosted here on Techspot.

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