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BSOD at random intervals

  1. #11


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    Win8.1Pro - Finally!!!


    A fatal error is just that - fatal!
    That means that, most likely, you have a hardware problem.

    Prime95 primarily tests RAM, CPU cache and the memory controller
    Memory controller is in the CPU on the AMD FX series of processors.

    I can't recall, have you run MemTest yet? If not, please do: Memory Diagnostics
    Also, please run some of these free CPU testers: Hardware Diagnostics

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    For MemTest I did 1 pas for the first stick, and 3 for the second stick in it's slot. Neither has any errors
    Tried to do a 'Hot CPU Tester Pro' for past two nights running before checking the first stick over 2+ passes. However both nights my computer would lock up about 1-2 hours in with Complex Matrix almost finished. Will try some other tests tonight.
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  3. #13


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    Win8.1Pro - Finally!!!


    Run a minimum of 3 passes with all sticks in their proper slots (with MemTest)
    I wonder if it'd be better to run it overnight just to be sure.

    I presume that complex matrix is one of the tests that Hot CPU Tester uses?
    If so, then I'd suspect the CPU
    If possible, try other stress tests that focus on the CPU.

    If you choose to replace the CPU or the RAM - make sure that you get it from a place that will allow you to return it for a refund (just in case it's not needed).

    Good luck!
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    I'll run the memtest again tonight with all sticks in and see how it goes.

    Erm for the Hot CPU Tester I'm using the diagnostic part and it runs multiple tests at once so I can't really be sure which test is causing it. I'll try some others out too.

    And will do, thanks

    Edit: Just launched the hot cpu tester and checked the log, it couldn't read SMBIOS data and shows my total/available phyiscal memory as -1 bytes and my OS as Windows Server 2007 Business
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