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Seemingly Random BSODs

  1. #1


    Posts : 11
    OS Name Microsoft Windows 8 Pro

    Seemingly Random BSODs


    Hey everyone,

    Not sure what's going on, but I've had a few BSODs. As far as I can tell, I haven't noticed any one thing I'm doing at the time of the crashes. I ran Memtest 86+ for 17 passes with no errors, and chkdsk came back fine. Core Temps says that, at my highest, I'm running about 40 C, which shouldn't be a problem. I've attached my dmp files, however there are a few in there from before when all my MoBo drivers had been installed/updated (I'd go with anything after 10/19 as being a crash with all the updated drivers, etc). Unfortunately, I cannot recall how to automatically load in the system specs (and I can't seem to find the guide). Please let me know if there is anything else you need. Thanks!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 11
    OS Name Microsoft Windows 8 Pro


    And of course, as soon as I say it seems the BSODs went down, I had a spit of them one after the other. They all seemed to happen after the sound started to, well, for lack of better term, honking feedback at me. There was also an instance after a crasher where everything in windows explorer was pixelated (login screen entirely, and task bar/desktop icons on the desktop mode. Not sure if this helps any more or not either, but after each crash, the clock seemed to reset to 3:10 am on 10/21. I've uploaded an updated diagnostics file.

    Thanks again!
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  3. #3


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    Well if you already tried Memtest86 I would recommend enabling Driver Verifier to get more detailed info from future BSODs.

    A couple of other things that might help:
    1, Uninstall ASUS bloatware.

    2, Update or uninstall the WD SCSI Pass Thru driver
    fffff880`05a45000 fffff880`05a48880 wdcsam64 Wed Apr 16 10:39:08 2008 (4805BB2C)

    3, And finally...upgrade to W8 RTM.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 11
    OS Name Microsoft Windows 8 Pro


    I removed the ASUS bloatware, and removed the WD driver. Still had a few crashes this morning (I've attached another diagnostics collection).

    I also tried to run driver verifier, however, when I got to the select drivers, there aren't any, and I am unable to find any through the load drivers option.

    Another thing: When I restart my computer, windows does "please wait" then brings me to a blue screen with the option for "repair" "shut down" and "choose OS" When I hit repair, it does the same thing. When I hit "choose OS" it brings me to 2 Windows 8 options that are both on "Volume 2" (I'm assuming this is my HDD).

    For Windows 8 RTM, is there a way to upgrade to it other than changing the file in the Release Preview?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by m4n13y View Post
    I also tried to run driver verifier, however, when I got to the select drivers, there aren't any, and I am unable to find any through the load drivers option.
    That's weird, try selecting all drivers instead, hopefully that won't make the machine too slow to be usable.

    Quote Originally Posted by m4n13y View Post
    Another thing: When I restart my computer, windows does "please wait" then brings me to a blue screen with the option for "repair" "shut down" and "choose OS" When I hit repair, it does the same thing. When I hit "choose OS" it brings me to 2 Windows 8 options that are both on "Volume 2" (I'm assuming this is my HDD).
    Start msconfig and select the boot tab, if there are two identical entries there, delete on of them.

    Quote Originally Posted by m4n13y View Post
    For Windows 8 RTM, is there a way to upgrade to it other than changing the file in the Release Preview?
    Well, If you buy Windows 8 I would recommend that you do a clean install.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 11
    OS Name Microsoft Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks Tobias. I'll try that with the driver verifier, and the msconfig worked.

    I'm planning on buying the windows 8 upgrade (at the discounted price) however this is not available until 10/26 when Windows 8 is released. Would I be able to do a clean install with the upgrade?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 11
    OS Name Microsoft Windows 8 Pro


    Checking back in, with a few more dumps. Anyone able to see anything which might indicate what driver is causing the issue?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    The WD SCSI driver is still installed and your NIC driver could need a update, I don't think I'll get anything other useful from the dumps until you enable driver verifier.

    Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
    fffff880`036fc000 fffff880`03790000 Rt630x64 Wed Oct 19 14:12:55 2011 (4E9EBEC7)
    Last edited by Tobias; 21 Oct 2012 at 09:02.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 11
    OS Name Microsoft Windows 8 Pro


    Sorry for the wait on getting back.

    I've since updated to full Windows Pro, updated graphics card, and psu. crashes seemed to go away for a while, though now they have returned.

    I've set up driver verifier to see if that catches anything, though currently no such luck.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 11
    OS Name Microsoft Windows 8 Pro


    Had a few more crashes, though I'm not sure what exactly caused them. Running the driver verifier seemed to uninstall catalyst control center, amd driver, etc. When I viewed the device manager, it showed the standard WDDM driver. Running the AMD installer, it is not giving me the option to install the actual display driver now. Does this mean it could have been the culprit?
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