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Did my GPU drivers cause this BSOD?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
November 8, 2012 9:36:19 PM

Ever since I put this computer together, my first real build, I've had nightmares of a BSOD popping up. Well, today that finally happened when I was first firing up Guild Wars 2. With a program called "Blue Screen View" I was able to come up with this:
I'm not sure what it means but because mentions DirectX and ATI radeon a few times I hope it was just caused by my graphics drivers, I'm running 12.10 which gives some people lot's of problems. Since I only get rare and pretty minor artifacts since updating from 12.8 I never took the time to reinstall the 12.8.

110812-16426-01.dmp 11/8/2012 4:59:05 PM ATTEMPTED_WRITE_TO_READONLY_MEMORY 0x000000be 0x90f4fe13 0xc8abb121 0x8dd1c8dc 0x0000000a dxgmms1.sys dxgmms1.sys+1ee13 DirectX Graphics MMS Microsoft® Windows® Operating System Microsoft Corporation 6.1.7601.17554 (win7sp1_gdr.110202-1504) 32-bit ntkrnlpa.exe+8db3f ntkrnlpa.exe+40ae8 ntkrnlpa.exe+79183 ntkrnlpa.exe+76cd3 C:\Windows\Minidump\110812-16426-01.dmp 4 15 7601 144,632

atikmdag.sys atikmdag.sys+fbce7a70 0x92035000 0x92936000 0x00901000 0x50650721 9/27/2012 8:10:41 PM ATI Radeon Family ATI Radeon Kernel Mode Driver Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. C:\Windows\system32\drivers\atikmdag.sys
atikmpag.sys atikmpag.sys+fce49a60 0x90ed3000 0x90f31000 0x0005e000 0x5064f96a 9/27/2012 7:12:10 PM AMD driver AMD multi-vendor Miniport Driver Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. C:\Windows\system32\drivers\atikmpag.sys
dxgkrnl.sys dxgkrnl.sys+fb3e6a38 0x92936000 0x929ed000 0x000b7000 0x4ce78ffe 11/20/2010 3:08:14 AM Microsoft® Windows® Operating System DirectX Graphics Kernel 6.1.7601.17514 (win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850) Microsoft Corporation C:\Windows\system32\drivers\dxgkrnl.sys
dxgmms1.sys dxgmms1.sys+1ee13 0x90f31000 0x90f6a000 0x00039000 0x4d4a24c1 2/2/2011 9:45:05 PM Microsoft® Windows® Operating System DirectX Graphics MMS 6.1.7601.17554 (win7sp1_gdr.110202-1504) Microsoft Corporation C:\Windows\system32\drivers\dxgmms1.sys
ntkrnlpa.exe ntkrnlpa.exe+7c4c9 0x82e37000 0x8324a000 0x00413000 0x503f7f43 8/30/2012 8:57:07 AM Microsoft® Windows® Operating System NT Kernel & System 6.1.7601.17944 (win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333) Microsoft Corporation C:\Windows\system32\ntkrnlpa.exe


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November 8, 2012 9:49:14 PM

Yeah sure looks like a generic driver crash. though that "attempted to write" etc is usually attributed to ram errors. First and foremost I would reinstall your GPU drivers the proper way. uninstall, reboot, safe mode, run driver sweeper, reboot, install new gpu drivers. If that fails to fix it run memtest.

You said only minor artifacting. Any artifacting is bad. What are your load temps? and is the GPU OC'ed?
November 8, 2012 9:50:26 PM

I don't OC my GPU, and I don't thinks it's factory OC'd. My load temps usually don't go above 53C at the most for my GPU and my CPU usually won't go past 34C.

Actually, I was playing after my computer restarted after the BSOD and it was working fine, should probably have mentioned that right away.
And by artifacting it'll usually just flash a few white lines for just a split second and go away right away. Since updating my drivers I've seen it happen like 5 times. A few times the same day, and a few times after that. Can't say that I ever saw this before hand.