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BSOD, Random Freezes & Reboots

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September 27, 2013 10:22:30 AM

So a few weeks ago I updated my video card drivers to a beta version to improve performance on a buggy Splinter Cell Blacklist for a GTX 460. While it did wonders with the game, my computer it self started acting weird.

First my graphic card driver would crash at random and sometimes recover. Then I started getting BSOD's saying my driver failed to recover. I did get one BSOD with the error Next thing you know 1 of my hard drives fails! (Had 2 in RAID 0)

So I did a clean install of Windows 7 with fully updated drivers on my hard drive that still worked. Checked for malware and viruses but found nothing. Cleaned the inside of my desktop as well. Ran Memtest for several hours but all tests passed. The temperatures for ALL my components are fine and stable even under load. Even after all that now my computer will just randomly freeze at times and just restart on its own now with no BSOD.

I can play for hours and sometimes leave the computer on for hours but every now and then it will start to freeze slowly (it will freeze for a few seconds then be fine again) before completely forcing me to either reboot or wait till it does on its own.

I'm not sure whether maybe my HDD got corrupted when 1 of them failed or its my GPU? Or if possible even though I doubt it, a faulty PSU? I built this system about 3 years ago and its been running pretty well since then with a few minor hiccups but stable.

Before I get it checked at a shop, any help would be appreciated guys!

Computer Specs
Windows 7 64bit
Antec EarthWatts 750w
Intel i7 950 Bloomfield 3.06ghz
EVGA X58 Classified3
G.SKILL 6GB DDR3 1600mhz

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September 27, 2013 10:33:43 AM

first off.....since you did re install the os after 1 of your drives failed, so it is not a matter of data corruption.

your hdd that you are using might be failing, i suggest you scan your drive for bad sectors and health.

since your problem started only after you installed the beta drivers,i would suggest you revert back to a stable release and see if the problem continues or not. remember beta drivers are still in the testing stage, so driver crash is not something that cannot happen often.

also test with another psu just to be sure.

regards :) 
September 27, 2013 10:38:30 AM

Do you know what caused the failure of the hard drive? bad sectors, Reallocated sectors ect? And make sure your current one has no means to fail on you! Use this program to see if its in good condition on the SMART status

Also you on the latest Nvidia 327 drivers? I know the 320 drivers crash my 260 all the time. STAY away from Beta drivers. Thats meant for testers really not the public. Also has any of this happened since you reinstalled windows on your good hard drive?
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September 27, 2013 5:30:56 PM

Hey guys thanks for the help. I'm using current drivers for my GPU. Tried reverting to an older version but still had problems. I'm not sure what the errors were for my hdd as it died out of the blue lol

I'm going with my gut and replace both my gpu and hdd. I need the upgrade anyway. Wish me luck!
September 27, 2013 5:35:19 PM

have fun with your new hardware :)