I come to you today to tell you about a BSOD that has been plaguing me for a little over a year now. It has withstood the test of time, hardware, fresh OS installs, completely different Operating Systems, and many other attempts to rid my system of it. This is the most persistent BSOD I have ever come across.
I can't think of a single piece of hardware in my system that I HAVENT replaced trying to get rid of it. I have actually posted about this problem before,http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2348825/locate-ssd-bios.html, and as you can see it started happening with a completely different build from what I have today. I am using the same brand of SSD, but I replaced that too. I have tried many different solutions from a bunch of people, all who were very helpful, but the BSOD persisted.
I have even taken it in to tiger direct and had their people look at it but they could not reproduce the BSOD and therefore could not find out what was wrong with it.
I recently upgraded from Windows 8.1 to 10 back in August. For the first month everything was fine, then I started getting a ton of blue screens, more than usual. I decided to clean install windows 10 on September 28th, and up until now everything was working perfectly. This leads us to today. I was playing a steam game, not even a stressful one, when an all too familiar blue screen popped up. I saw it for a split second, then the computer restarted itself. I immediately went into the BIOS because I knew what was coming next.
When in the BIOS I went into the boot priorities menu and just as I suspected, my SSD wasn't listed. Just my HDD, which has no OS on it, just some games. I decided to go with my usual fix which consists of turning it all the way off then back on, going back into the boot priorities and seeing that my SSD has now magically reappeared.
I change the boot priorities and the computer starts up like normal, like nothing ever happened. No dump files, no errors in the event viewer other than the one that says windows has shut down unexpectedly.
One new thing that I did notice today, while looking around the BIOS, was that prior to this BSOD, when I would go into boot priorities it would always list my SSD with the OS as top priority. Now, after the crash, even if I change the SSD to top priority, when I save changes and reset then go back into the BIOS, I notice that it goes back to my HDD as top priority and my SSD as second.
I dont know if that helps at all but I figured I would include it. I am pretty much ready to just live with it, but I figured I would come here first and ask one last time. I am thinking it has to be hardware related but I honestly have no idea which part it could be. This makes me not want to try and replace any part at all because if I were to spend money on a new part and then have it BSOD again, then I would have to spend even more money on different parts.
Since these first started they havent been happening too frequently, usually at random intervals though. I could go anywhere from a month without crashing to a week.
I am not sure what else to add, but if there is any other information that might help you guys out that I havent included, please let me know, I would be happy to provide it.
And thank you to all of you who take the time to read through this. I know it is a long post, but I felt that there really was no way to condense it.
Mobo: MSI z97 gaming 5
GPU: MSI gtx 970 GD5T
CPU: Intel i7-4790k
Ram: Corsair Vengeance 4x4 1866MHz
PSU: Corsair H1050
SSD: Crucial MX100 250GB
HDD: WD Black 1TB
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
Also, the error that usually pops up with these BSODs is CRITICAL_PROCESS_HAS_DIED. I have to disable the automatic restart with blue screens otherwise I wont see it. When it does pop up, it freezes at 0% and I usually have to force shut it down anyway.
And here is a picture of the boot priority screen im talking about. In the picture you can see that the WD HDD is top priority over the crucial SSD. When I would switch them around, then reset to save my changes, it would immediately revert back to the HDD being top priority.
When the BSOD happens and it auto restarts I only see the HDD option until I fully power down my system then turn it back on.