Random BSOD with random error code (minidump attached)

By michaelra ยท 9 replies
May 6, 2011
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  1. Hail great and mighty ones :) I've been searching for all BSOD errors and threads out there but it's really hard when everyone says "it can be anything - try RAM, motherboard, drivers, etc) :(

    I believe if I attach a minidump file here, someone can have a quick look and find out what caused the BSOD?

    Errors were varied 0x0000003B, ...000050, ...00001A, ...00000D1, etc

    Seems that if Windows manage to be up without BSOD, it will stay good (even if I play games, watch movies, etc).
    Only after I let it sleep and wake up, I can have that random BSOD (and sometimes I don't)

    Would appreciate the help!

    Attached Files:

  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    A mixed bag of minidumps often suggests a memory error and this one that you have posted is quite clear in pointing to memory corruption.

    Run through this guide to check your RAM.

  3. michaelra

    michaelra TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Aww...I was hoping that the problem was just one of the drivers or hoping a clean Windows install will help :( Thanks for the suggestion, buddy.

    It's a bit hard to test because sometimes it can run for days, as long as I don't put it to sleep mode/shut it down. But hopefully memtest can help out
  4. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    OK, as my guide indicates memtest is not the best at finding minor faults, running the PC on one stick at a time will give more accurate results. If being brought back from sleep often triggers the BSOD, let it sleep and then wake it up repeatedly with each stick and see if one of them produces the crash. You could reset your power saving options to sleep in the minimum amount of time so you can run an intensive test fairtly quickly.

    If you do have to run memtest then use it on one stick at a time.
  5. michaelra

    michaelra TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Hey Mark, not sure whether you are still following this thread. After running memtest (one memory stick at the time), I didn't see any errors on the test (and I had like around 18-19 passes for each memory stick lasted for 8-9 hours)

    Is it possible (even though as you said, we cannot rely on memtest):
    - The memory slot is probably faulty? I tested it on one memory slot on the motherboard. I might try the same tests on the other slot
    - It's something to do with Windows? (if there is a possibility, I might reformat and see what happens)
    - Not enough power?

    or it's totally memory hardware's fault (from what you saw on the BSOD minidump)?

    I attached another minidump if you want to double check. This BSOD came when I was playing a movie with POT media player

    Attached Files:

  6. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    Once I subscribe to a thread I get an email telling me another post has been added, so, yes, I always keep track of threads I am involved in.

    I had a look at this dump file and found a very old motherboard chipset driver, you have an Asus motherboard, yes?

    Look up your specific motherboard on the Asus site and find the chipset drivers. The old one is dated Feb 2005. I would be suprised if there is not a newer version. Give that a shot and see what happens. That may fix the problem.

    With regards to memtest, I have been involved in a handfull of threads where memtest has missed a fault but running the PC on one stick at a time has found a memory stick that is faulty. Therefore, that is the routine that I recommend. Try blowing out the memory slots with a can of compressed air. Run one stick at a time and when you are sure that a stick is OK try it in another slot. This, in my book, is the only way to be sure.
  7. michaelra

    michaelra TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Thanks, Mark. I did run the test one memory stick at a time (18-19 passes for each memory stick) although they were put on the same slot.

    I'll try updating the motherboard driver. If all else fails, I'll try a reformat. If that fails too..ummm I might just grab 2 new memory and just threw away the old ones :(
    I bought the motherboard recently (M4A87TD EVO) some time end of last year so it shouldn't be dated 2005. I guess I should update all drivers, chipsets, BIOS, etc (might as well)

    Anyhow, I really appreciate your help and honestly don't even understand how you can help all these people at Techspot without asking for anything in return :)
  8. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    Yup, but you have missed my point, what I am suggesting is that you run the PC with just one stick at a time (not the test) and see if you get any problems with any particular stick.

    Simply replacing the memory may achieve nothing other than lighten you pocket. You need to prove what is wrong first.
  9. michaelra

    michaelra TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Oh sorry, yup fair enough. I'm a bit hesitant on that one because the BSOD can happen once a day, or sometimes once in a week (it's a bit hard to test and I sort of need the 4 GB for my gaming n video editing). But if this continues, I'll just have to do that, I guess

    Thanks for all the help so far! Would definitely praise you on my blog post some time soon about Windows BSOD (blog at cravingtech.com) :)
  10. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    Thanks for that. Let us know how it turns out after further testing. I appreciate the inconvenience of running with less memory but it is the only way to get close to a 100% certainty.

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