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Very Strange Recurring BSOD on Windows 8.1

  1. #31


    Posts : 27
    Windows 8.1


    Tossed in another old HDD and Windows is running. Had one BSOD from a bad IR receiver driver (from Apple) but so far so good.

    Developments to come...

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  2. #32


    Posts : 27
    Windows 8.1


    I can't reproduce the issue with a mechanical HDD.
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  3. #33



    BSOD Kernel Dump Analyst
    Posts : 2,273
    Windows 10 Pro


    I assume the HDD is connected with a cable with electrical tape on it.
    So I put electrical tape on the cable and the HDD back in.
    How was it going with the SSD?
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  4. #34


    Posts : 27
    Windows 8.1


    Yes it is.

    The SSD is currently in an external enclosure. I'll keep using the HDD to make sure the BSOD doesn't show up again, then I'll reinstall clean onto the SSD and hope it works.
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  5. #35



    BSOD Kernel Dump Analyst
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    Windows 10 Pro


    OK, let me know how it goes
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  6. #36


    Posts : 27
    Windows 8.1


    Of course. Thank you for your help!
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  7. #37


    Posts : 27
    Windows 8.1


    So the BSODs did not return, but the characteristic audio stuttering did, so I flipped over the machine with music playing, and started looking at things.

    I took the HDD, moved it around and didn't get much of a reaction.

    Then, on a whim, I disconnected the idling optical drive.

    This produced the stutter. The machine didn't BSOD. I put the cable back in and the drive spinned up. I took it out again and the stutter happened again.

    Perhaps I taped the wrong SATA cable. I'll completely remove the optical drive and see what happens.

    Here's a picture of the motherboard by the way (you can see how the machined metal case can wreak havoc on those soft cables).

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  8. #38


    Posts : 27
    Windows 8.1


    Just for kicks, I tried removing the HDD cable as the machine was playing music.

    It didn't even BSOD. It just stopped playing music after a while. When I plugged the cable back in, everything went back to normal.

    Certainly different from the OD stuttering.

    I'll keep this thread updated!

    Now to reproduce the problem, back in goes the SSD.
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  9. #39


    Posts : 27
    Windows 8.1


    Dare I say it, its a wrap.

    Without an optical drive, the stuttering and BSODs are completely gone. I've tried everything I can to get it to crash but have not been successful.

    I'll keep running without an optical drive for some time to confirm then work on getting the optical drive back in. The problem must've been an intermittent connection between the motherboard and OD. The fault is likely with the drive itself, the cable, or the connector on the motherboard. Or maybe the ZIF connector was simply loose.

    Strangely this isn't the first time I've experienced a stuttering issue related to an optical drive. 7 or 8 years ago I had a Sony VAIO that would hard stutter when downloading something over wireless or ethernet. After going through everything I could think of, I had run out of ideas. In an unrelated event, I updated the OD's firmware and the issue was completely gone. That computer still works well (but is quite slow now).

    To this day, I don't know why this is so.

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