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BSOD (Service_exception, PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA, IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL)

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April 17, 2013 3:56:27 PM

Windows 8 keeps crashing when playing games, sometimes even when viewing flash videos (YouTube), sometimes gives me the "Display driver has stopped responding but has recovered" message. I tried changing TDR settings with no success! I have two graphic cards, Sapphire Radeon HD6770 and XFX GeForce 260GTX, XFX one seems to be more stable when gaming but often gives BSOD crashes on startup (Service_exception, PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA, IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL; those 3 most often), Sapphire crashes the system to restart often when gaming but I use it more because it is more stable for general usage! I ran intel proccessor tests and found no errors, ran MemTest with also no errors ( I had 2x2Gb OCZ extreme RAM, and 1x2GB Corsair XMS2 RAM, and thought they couldn't work together even though they passed the tests, so I removed XMS2 and left only OCZ kit, because default voltages were different so I thought that leaving only this set of RAMs would make the system more stable but with no success... I also ran Memory diagnostic tests that also found no errors!

System Spec in full:

MBO: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3
Proc: QuadCore Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
RAM: 2x OCZ XTC Platinum OCZ2P10002G
SSD: KINGSTON SVP200S3120G
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD6770

...latest bios and ssd firmware!

Here is my latest minidump...

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a b * Windows 8
April 17, 2013 4:00:56 PM

It the ram speed. I had same issue with corsair 1066 ram and a p35 motherboard. The bsod stop when I switched to standard 800 speed ram.
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April 17, 2013 4:57:43 PM

Can I set lower speed in bios or do I have to buy new RAM? And how do I set it up in bios because it is confusing a little for me I must say...
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April 18, 2013 6:23:36 AM

You are getting all three major RAM related BSOD messages, so that would indicate RAM. You are ALSO getting display driver resets though, so its possible the GPU is the real culprit (its possible for the GPU driver upon crashing to generate these BSODs).

I'd suspect RAM for now, but the GPU could also be at fault. For the time being, run a simple test: Remove one stick of RAM. Do the issues go away? If not, swap sticks and try again. Its possible the RAM is unstable at stock, and may need to relax timings or increase voltage for stability.
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April 18, 2013 7:49:51 AM

A good first test if you suspect that memory may be the issue would be to run the Windows Memory Diagnostic. Simply type in MdSched.exe on the Start Screen and hit enter. The Windows Memory Diagnostic will prompt you to Restart now and check for problems.

You can also check your BSOD error codes by searching the Microsoft Knowledge Base from the Search Events & Errors field on the Support Windows 8 page on the Springboard Series on TechNet.
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April 18, 2013 8:11:55 AM

smorizio said:
It the ram speed. I had same issue with corsair 1066 ram and a p35 motherboard. The bsod stop when I switched to standard 800 speed ram.


I removed OCZ RAM @1000Mhz, and left only XMS2 @800MHz and computer works flawlessly since then, first time it passed Prime95 torture test in months so I think it's problem solved!
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