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Clean install of Win8, and now BSODs everywhere.

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    Windows 8

    Clean install of Win8, and now BSODs everywhere.


    I started my day with a stable Vista machine, and ended my day with a highly unstable Windows 8 machine. I can't even keep it running long enough to install Maya. According to my Minidumps, I have had 6 BSODs in the last 3 hours. That's... stunningly bad. It's not the same BSOD every time. I've had paging BSODs and IRQ BSODs and USB BSODs. Oh, it's an exciting menagerie of crashes over here. I am about to pass out from exhaustion, though. Maybe someone will figure this out while I try to take a nap. I have attached my diagnostic tool output, with all of its evil crashiness.

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    Fairfield County, CT
    Posts : 348
    Windows 7 SP1


    Welcome
    Each one of your reports has a different cause, sometimes and indication of hardware problems. Lets start with memory.
    Run for 8 passes.
    Run memtest for 8 passes
    Then test each individual stick in a good slot for 6 passes.
    If you have dual channel, the results may be incorrect, if shows pass.
    Guide to using Memtest86+ - Geeks to Go Forums
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    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    You know, now that you mention it, it does occur to me that I was running 32-bit Vista on this machine previously, so I wasn't actually USING all of my memory. If there was some bad memory up in the high address range I couldn't access, it would have never been revealed until now. Hmmm! I think I'm going to follow your advice. I'll report back when I have some news!
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    Fairfield County, CT
    Posts : 348
    Windows 7 SP1


    If you pass the test, I suggest thistest next.
    Utility Spotlight: Are You Compatible with Windows 8? | TechNet Magazine

    and


    What happend to your nap?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
    So far, all of my memory tests are coming up clean. I'm kind of disappointed, since that would have been a simple explanation for everything. A memory problem would have been good -- cheap, quick, and easy to fix.

    I did look at the compatibility details, prior to upgrading. I didn't notice any issues that were going to persist across a clean install -- it looked like it was all software-related. After the clean install, all of the drivers that are running on this machine right now are whatever Windows 8 shipped with. I haven't installed any other drivers. I'm really at something of a loss, at this point.

    This is not going well at all. Since I'm paid by the hour, I'm getting perilously close to my "If I spend any more hours on this, it will be cheaper just to buy a new computer" barrier.

    What happend to your nap?
    Heheheh, I can't sleep when I have a mystery to solve! But, ugh, really, the sun is up now. I just wasted the whole night wrestling with this machine.
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    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Hi, do you use Avast antivirus? Currently Avast together with Realtek lan gives BSOD's! Uninstall Avast and you'll be fine. I had that problem and solved it by removing Avast.
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    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by hotcore View Post
    Hi, do you use Avast antivirus? Currently Avast together with Realtek lan gives BSOD's! Uninstall Avast and you'll be fine. I had that problem and solved it by removing Avast.
    No Avast. No 3rd party anti-virus or firewall of any sort. Like I said, this was a clean install of Win8, so I don't have any cruft hanging about. The first thing I tried to install on my new system was Autodesk Maya 2013, but I couldn't even make it through the install process without a BSOD.
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    Fairfield County, CT
    Posts : 348
    Windows 7 SP1


    I agree with the above. I have helped 3 people with the Avast problem. You may want to give it a try, but your reports do not indicate that as the problem
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  9. #9


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Dang. I almost thought I had it.

    The system seemed much more stable after removing the Buffalo WLI-UC-GN wireless networking USB fob I was temporarily using for network on this machine, but, after a while, I had another one of the daggone page fault BSODs. (Good grief, what ever happened to protected memory? :P ) It may be that I removed one of my sources of BSODs, but there's still something wrong.
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    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    The computer has been stable, the rest of the day. Either A.) I needed to reboot after yanking the wireless USB device mentioned above (a suggestion for those who follow in my footsteps!), or B.) it was the new Razer mouse drivers I installed, but either way, or C.) some combination of the above, but I seem to now be stabilized. Thanks, folks, for trying to help me, even if I had to kind of figure it out, myself.
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