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June 10, 2014 7:52:22 PM

So i've made a new build recently
i5 4670k
ddr3 1866 8gb
r9 290x
750watt psu

I'm on a fresh install right now, so i have no idea what is causing the issue. At first i thought it was my headset drivers but i installed the latest version that said it had resolved the issue and just moments ago i got another bluescreen. I dont think it has anything to do with my OC either because the bluescreens have happened while gaming and or just surfing the web. I ran tests for the cpu and ram and all tests have passed. There are no stability issues at all. Initially i was at 4.0ghz 1.08v and i thought i wasn't giving it enough power so i upped it to 1.095 and i still get these crashes.

a b * Windows 8
June 10, 2014 7:55:43 PM

which o.s you using?
whats the bsod error number and text.
if you didnt see it or it only flashed on screen turn restart on error off in windows boot prefs (press f8 during the boot splash)
did you load optomized defaults.
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a b * Windows 8
June 10, 2014 8:07:24 PM

Hello... all my experience with Windows BSOD is because of a loss of communications of hardware, through your MB, as seen to the OS. Find a Loose connector/pin, Power/Data connector or Hardware device causing it.
Try removing hardware/connectors for a minimum of things connected for Windows to boot and tested with just those devices... start adding a piece at a time till the BSOD returns.
1) Sound chip and Lan on the MB is also a "Hardware Device" disable in BIOs
2) CD/DVD is a "Hardware Device"
3) HD/SSD is a "Hardware Device"
4) Look very close to all your Pins on all your Power connectors for a pushed out pin/loose connection.
5) use some rubbing alcohol to clean memory/Video card/Data connectors and re-insert.
6) remove your video card and use the onboard CPU/Video to determine if your Video card is causing it.

If possible Test Hardware in another computer and see if it causes a BSOD.

It's a tuff problem to find at times but stay calm and be Logical about your work and testing methods.
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June 10, 2014 8:09:01 PM

HEXiT said:
which o.s you using?
whats the bsod error number and text.
if you didnt see it or it only flashed on screen turn restart on error off in windows boot prefs (press f8 during the boot splash)
did you load optomized defaults.


I'm on windows 8.1 pro, i get a quick 1 second flash of the blue screen and then it reboots, its really fast and gets me booted up again in 5 seconds because of the ssd. I really feel like its windows 8.1 not playing nice with some of my drivers. Maybe headset drivers, or gpu, i'm really not sure. Whats odd is i installed latest gpu drivers and windows still gave me an option to install gpu drivers from them which i did because it fixes my fan rpm not showing in msi afterburner.

I'm working on going back to windows 7, the faster booting and slightly less resource intensive OS that is windows 8.1 isn't showing to be worth it.
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June 10, 2014 8:10:58 PM

Ironsounds said:
Hello... all my experience with Windows BSOD is because of a loss of communications of hardware, through your MB, as seen to the OS. Find a Loose connector/pin, Power/Data connector or Hardware device causing it.
Try removing hardware/connectors for a minimum of things connected for Windows to boot and tested with just those devices... start adding a piece at a time till the BSOD returns.
1) Sound chip and Lan on the MB is also a "Hardware Device" disable in BIOs
2) CD/DVD is a "Hardware Device"
3) HD/SSD is a "Hardware Device"
4) Look very close to all your Pins on all your Power connectors for a pushed out pin/loose connection.
5) use some rubbing alcohol to clean memory/Video card/Data connectors and re-insert.
6) remove your video card and use the onboard CPU/Video to determine if your Video card is causing it.

If possible Test Hardware in another computer and see if it causes a BSOD.

It's a tuff problem to find at times but stay calm and be Logical about your work and testing methods.


Seems extremely, tedious and ridiculous to do with a new system where everything appears to be working fine. Also the bluescreens happen so randomly i dont know how long it would even take to figure out what is causing the issue. As it stands right now i'm going to be installing windows 7 and see if that may remedy the problem. I literally have not had any BSOD issues for 3-4 years which is how long i kept my previous pc, now making this one and jumping to 8.1 im getting issues. It could just be hardware related or maybe it really is the OS. I will find out soon.
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a b * Windows 8
June 10, 2014 8:27:21 PM

Hello... Don't use MS drivers ever for hardware, use the companies that make the product always... for a simple test to prove it's not your Hardware would be to...
1) fresh install of Windows 7
2) Mfgr's drivers install... driver only for hardware - No bloat ware.
3) DO NOT get any MS updates to the files.
4) Load what ever program you want to test with, ? Game, Game Demo.
5) Leave computer on and play, what ever.

Yes, Windows 7 basic install will not software BSOD if your computer does? it is a Hardware problem.
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June 10, 2014 8:38:34 PM

Ironsounds said:
Hello... Don't use MS drivers ever for hardware, use the companies that make the product always... for a simple test to prove it's not your Hardware would be to...
1) fresh install of Windows 7
2) Mfgr's drivers install... driver only for hardware - No bloat ware.
3) DO NOT get any MS updates to the files.
4) Load what ever program you want to test with, ? Game, Game Demo.
5) Leave computer on and play, what ever.

Yes, Windows 7 basic install will not software BSOD if your computer does? it is a Hardware problem.


Usually what i do is install the OS, get all the drivers from the motherboard manufacturer, then get my vga drivers from amd, and after all that is installed i go and get all the "important" windows updates and leave the optional ones alone
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a b * Windows 8
June 10, 2014 10:20:50 PM

ok so your not seeing the bsod, try what i said earlier about F8 at boot time you should get the windows boot menu and in there you can turn off automatic restart on error. this will stop the system restarting on blue screen and allow you to rite down the 0x00000000 error and text.
or
you can download bluescreen viewer and cut and paste the results here.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.html

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