For the past two months I've been having a series of seemingly random BSODs. I haven't exactly been keeping track of the error codes as of late, but I know I've seen 3 different ones in the past week or so. I believe after posting this I'll edit and update with the codes I get, but I can't offer much help now.
As for the scenario, this mostly happens when I'm playing a game for a while; or when viewing full screen video for extended periods of time. The computer restarts, I boot Windows normally, and I'm greeted with a Windows Recovered from a Critical Event or something like that. When I click find solution, it searches for a while and replies that there are no fixes. It might just be me but I feel like it happens more often when the room temp is higher, and when I hear the fans spinning more. I'm thinking it's either overheating or my PSU isn't up to par with the rest of my system.
I checked event viewer and I've got 17 occurrences of this in the past 2 months. I'm really worried my components might start to feel the effects of this if they haven't already.
The only thing I've been able to find on the net with some substance is this, but I haven't been able to really find use for this as the directions aren't very clear.
3. Windows 7 keeps blue screening on me! What can I do to stop it?
A: The error code ultimately determines what specific course of action to take when resolving a blue screen of death. Before attempting to dive in to the root cause of the STOP error, the two things one should attempt first are:
1. Update all of the major drivers on your system. Video, Sound, Network, and chipset are the 4 major devices and typically the most common source of several commonly occurring blue screens. Check the websites of your video card, motherboard and (if necessary) sound card manufacturers to obtain the most up to date drivers for Windows 7. If the manufacturer does not yet offer drivers built specifically for Windows 7, in most cases, the Windows Vista drivers will work in their place.
2. Run a diagnostic on your computer’s RAM to ensure it is still functioning properly. One very good diagnostic tool to use is MemTest86+. If your RAM is found to be faulty, replace as needed.
Forgot to mention that.
You can usse memtest86+ to see if its a fault with RAM. Download it and burn it to a disk. Then with the disk inserted, re-boot. Boot from disk and check each stick of RAM seperately. That is, remove your first stick and check on the other, then remove the checked one and insert the non-checked stick.
I've had nothing but problems trying to get drivers. Last time I reformatted I went to the same exact ATI website and tried many of the links, but none of the executables I got seemed to update the drivers to the version mentioned and ALL seemed to install the Catalyst Center software that I don't want. I hate to have my hand held, but can someone tell me EXACTLY what links to click to get what I'm looking for? Even linking me to a walkthrough or youtube video might help if you don't care to hold hands.
Thanks so much for your help so far. This is looking promising now that I'm noticing most of my drivers are WAY out of date.
Yeah, I have tried this to run AV as I thought it might be a virus at first. The computer seems to be stable in Safe Mode, and in normal mode while idling or under low strain (Playing Diablo 2), but after I begin doing something resource intensive for a while (Playing SC2 on highest settings) I get a BSOD. Very frustrating when playing league games...
Well I haven't been using my computer much, but I did end up doing so last night and had some of the same problems. I was able to write down one of the messages and two error codes. I'm pretty sure I've updated my drivers to the latest and I'm still having problems.
The first error was 0x0000000A (no message at the top)
The second error was Driver IRQL Less or Not Equal - 0x000000D1
ATI Radeon HD 5770 - 8.850.0.0 from 4/19/2011
AMD High Definition Audio Device - 188.8.131.5200 from 11/17/2010 (Same apparently?)
VIA High Definition Audio - 184.108.40.20600 from 9/27/2010 (Appears to have changed the name, but with an older driver?)