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September 5, 2012 4:03:15 AM

About 2-3 weeks ago I started suddenly getting random, frequent restarts. After some trial and error (including reinstalling Windows 7) and a little research, I determined the most likely (and cheapest to repair) cause was the PSU (which was only 600W). So I replaced it with an 850W and the restarts stopped. It's been ten days since I replaced the PSU. I hadn't yet moved any files from my windows.old file that was created when I reinstalled Windows 7, so I did that about two days ago. I simply moved everything in my old user file to the new one. Otherwise, I copied the Windows/FONTS folder and my Steam applications. All other program files were redownloaded. I then deleted the windows.old folder. Soon after I did all of this, I started experiencing BSODs. I get them while playing Guild Wars 2. I also got one while viewing some flash videos last night.

As far as I know, the BSOD doesn't list a specific reason. It displays: 0x0000001e (0x0000000, 0x0000000, 0x0000000, 0x0000000).

Please let me know if any other info is needed.


Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Computer Type Desktop PC
OS Service Pack Service Pack 1
Internet Explorer Version 9
DirectX Version 11
CPU Type and Speed Intel Core i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz (8 CPUs) ~ 3.7GHz
Motherboard Chipset Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. Z68AP-D3 (Socket 1155)
System BIOS Revision Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
System Memory Type 8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)
System Memory Speed 668.7 MHz
Video Card Type and Speed AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
Power Supply Unit (PSU) Thermaltake 850 Watt
Anti-virus Software Microsoft Essentials

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September 5, 2012 4:16:53 AM

The second most likely culprit is your memory, download memtest86 and create the bootable disk, boot from this disk and let it run for 10-12 passes. This test will take quite a while to complete, but if it passes 12 complete runs then your memory is not a problem. If you run the test and get even a single error, one of your memory sticks is bad, remove it and rerun the test till you don't get any errors.
September 5, 2012 4:18:38 AM

If that's the second most likely culprit, then what's the first?

I've run Windows Memory Diagnostic (included with Windows 7) and gotten no errors. Is that sufficient or would I still need to use memtest86?
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September 5, 2012 6:23:57 AM

Since no dump file was generated (and yes, I've followed the instructions on how to enable it), here's a photo of the crash:

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September 5, 2012 12:05:03 PM


This indicates that a kernel-mode program generated an exception which the error handler did not catch.

So likely either a RAM problem [my guess] or a driver conflict. Run memtest86 to validate the RAM.