Daily BSODs on Win 7

By aarchitecture ยท 7 replies
Jul 16, 2011
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  1. Hi,
    I'm kinda new to this and i have a little background on hardware and software ... but cant read a minidump or tell by the codes were is the problem with my comp.
    I got a DELL t5400
    2x Intel Xeon 2,5 quad
    Nvidia GTX 465
    8 Gb ram
    Intel 5400 chipset
    Seagate st 3300655SS SCSI 300 Gb 15000 RPM, and another one 500gb at 7200RPM...

    Win 7 Professional SP1 64

    The thing is that since about 2 weeks ago i keep getting these blue screens and its quite random, so yesterday i reinstalled my windows because i figured it was a driver or something, then now again the blue screen. Please help guys.

    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
    OS Version: 6.1.7601.
    Locale ID: 1033

    Additional information about the problem:
    BCCode: f4
    BCP1: 0000000000000003
    BCP2: FFFFFA8007EE5970
    BCP3: FFFFFA8007EE5C50
    BCP4: FFFFF80002F99F40
    OS Version: 6_1_7601
    Service Pack: 1_0
    Product: 256_1

    Attached Files:

  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    It would help to have at least six of your last minidumps to get a better picture. This single crash dump only names a windows driver and if I had to suggest a likely cause I would say its failing memory.

    Please attach your last six minidumps to your next post. Meanwhile, remove all but one of your RAM sticks and run the PC on each stick at a time until a crash occurs. Based on the frequency of the crashes you have had, change to another stick once you are convinced it is ok.
  3. odriscoll27

    odriscoll27 TS Rookie Posts: 66

    Hey aarchitecture,
    I agree with Mark56 it does sound like your memory is failing. If you can upload a few more minidumps but you could alos try running "memtest" on your computer.
    You can download it from the downloads section of techspot. What this application does is to test your memory by running a series of tests on the memory module(s). The more passes it makes the better.
    Hope it helps
    James :)
  4. aarchitecture

    aarchitecture TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i've been runing memory tests on each memory module, if i go thru all memory dimms to wait for a crash i think it might take me at least 1 week per say, and thats because i got 6dimms, on the other hand i can have a memory problem since about 1 month ago one i had 4dimms 1gb/each and 4dimms 2gb/each, and one of the 2gb dimms totally crashed, i took it out and now i'm stuck with 6 dimms in total.
    but the thing is that i have run windows memory diagnostics tool on every 2gb dimm so far and i had no problems, and i did also a hard drive scan, since right before each blue screen i hear my hard drive shut down then restart again.
    if that info helps a little bit more then i'm eager to hear what you can say about that, if not then i shall wait for more bdos if they happen and collect every report and upload them again.
    sorry for being a keyboard warrior and for the grammar issues.
    regards, andrew
  5. aarchitecture

    aarchitecture TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks, I will do that tonight and will come back with a feed back in the morning...
  6. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    When you get a BSOD the system reboots so it would be normal to hear the hard drive shut down. If you are sure you hear it shut down "before" the BSOD happens then you may be onto something and you should run the manufacturers diagnostics to get the most accurate results, see below.

    Windows memory diagnostics tool cannot be relied on to find minor problems any more than the popular Memtes86+. As you have 6 RAM sticks you could try a quicker diagnostics routine by running on two at a time, one in each channel. If performance does not improve then swap to another pair and so on. If you find one pair causes the BSOD's then run on each stick individually to identify the faulty stick.

  7. aarchitecture

    aarchitecture TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hello forum,
    Well i ran the memtest for 24h it went thru 10 or12 passes and i did not get any errors on the memory, as i have a seagate hard my problem is that when i instal the seagate seatools for win when i start the program it freezes and the program crashes, i dont know why this is happening. Since 3 days ago when i posted i havnt gotten a bsod so, so far so good, maybe it was a windows driver that needed an update or something like that. If i get bsods again i shall post what happend and the minis.
    Thanks again,
  8. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    Going back to what I suggested earlier. Memtest does miss minor errors so the only full proof method for testing the memory is to run the PC on selected sticks in order to try and isolate any stick that has a fault. Many times I have seen Memtest run for a lengthy period and find no faults but when the PC is used with just one stick at a time a fault is found on one of the sticks. Something caused the BSOD's and it is therefore very likely it will happen again.

    My instructions for the hard drive diagnostics advise you to download the diagnostics for DOS (CD) because running the diagnostics from a bootable CD tests the drive without it being in use by Windows. This gives more reliable results than running the diagnostics from within Windows. Why the Windows version you tried resulted in a crash, I don't know, Seatools diagnostics have been available for a long time so are tried and tested.

    Obviously I hope for your sake that the BSOD's don't return but would not be surprised if they do.

    When or if the BSOD's return I would start by testing your memory in pairs (not with memtest) and run the PC as normal for at least 24 hours or until another BSOD occcurs, then swap to another pair.

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