Hello everyone! New member with an old problem.
For about two months now, I've been having those. Actually it's been happening ever since I installed a new sound card (SoundBlaster X-Fi Extreme) and a new graphic card (GeForce 8800GT 512Mo). I've cleaned up my registry as best I could, updated my drivers and spent way too much time looking at Minidump files, too no effect. Recently though, a pattern has appeared which is a little weird and which has me thinking that the problem may not be driver related.
Here's what's happening:
Last weekend I installed an old game for my wife. I did the usual, installing and rebooting and then she started playing. About an hour and 45 minutes later, I get the old BSoD so I let the system reboot and she starts playing again. After another hour and 45 minutes later, the PC gives another BSoD. So out of curiosity, we keep going and everytime, after about an hour and 45 minutes later, the system gives me a BSoD and reboot.
Now considering this strange behavior, and since the analysis of the Minidump files is inconclusive (Trap_Cause_Unknow, Unexpected Interrupt, Unknown Floating Point, Analysis Inconclusive, Blahblahblah...), the origin of these BSoD may be something else.
Unless one of the new card is not fonctionning properly, my first hypothesis is that the power supply may not be up for the job of running two new cards on top of what it used to run. The previous sound card was integrated and the old graphic card (a GeForce 7800 GS) may have been less power hungry than the new one. So is it possible that I simply need a stronger power supply? And if so, what kind would I need?Software
Nothing new has been installed there, but I did start using Clean Boots around the same time. So maybe something is supposed to load on boot, is not because of the clean boot and is causing this problem. It may just be my imagination, but looking at this weird pattern, it's almost like the system is BSoD-ing because its running out of memory or something.
Anyway... time to look around these boards and try to find an answer to all this. But if anyone has a suggestion, let me know.