Recurring, different BSODs

By alonza ยท 5 replies
Feb 28, 2011
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  1. Hi there,

    I'm going to have to bash this out fairly quickly before I get another BSOD, but any help you may be able to offer me with this would be greatly appreciated.

    Running a Toshiba Satellite L450D, Windows 7 64bit. AMD Athalon X2 Dual Core 64bit, ATI Radeon HD3200. That's pretty much all I know how to find out, sorry. Has been running perfectly for the best part of 18 months until a few days ago. First stopped me opening any programs, then repeated BSODs. Did a system restore from a backup, still getting the same problem. I've been through all the checks recommended but still haven't been able to see what's wrong. I'll upload the last few Minidumps.

    I can now only really run it for any length of time in safe mode.

    Sorry for the brevity, but any help would be wonderful.


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  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    This sounds like hardware, specifically corrupted memory but this is only a guess at this point. Please do us a favor and take your five most recent minidumps and put them together into one Zip file. If you only have three that is quite fine.
  3. alonza

    alonza TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Here are my five most recent minidumps in one .zip, as requested. Thanks for the speedy reply.

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  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    Well after reading your minidump files it doesn't appear to be a hardware issue after all. :D

    One dump specifically cited the ATI video driver atikmdag.sys as your issue. I suggest doing the following...

    1. Download Driver Sweeper free version to your desktop screen and install.

    2. Download the latest diver(s) for your video card but don't install them.

    3. Uninstall your video card drivers and reboot your PC into Safe Mode. Run Driver Sweeper but ONLY for the video card drivers. I had someone use it on their chipset drivers! If it doesn't find any video card drivers that is quite okay; just leave all other drivers alone.

    4. Reboot and install new video card drivers.
  5. alonza

    alonza TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I do believe this has worked. It took a bit of buggering about to get Windows not to automatically reinstall the same driver after I had deleted it, but... touch wood... I think this has worked.

    Thanks very much for the speedy resolution. I just hope it stays running this seemingly fast and problem free.
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    Good to hear. Keep us updated and let us know if stability persists (or not). Thanks. And, yes, that is a major pain with Windows.

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