I'm not sure how to really start so I'll just give a general run-down.
Around 4 or 5 days ago I started to experience frequent system freezing and hanging. None of which caused a BSOD and each completely distorted the screen (in different ways) every time. An example of which I'll attach to this post.
The only way to get control back is to restart the computer and try again. This all started when I opened VLC and was going through a video of some gameplay I had recorded. The file itself was fairly large so I was used to a bit of lag between different times I clicked through. However, after around a minute I started to notice it wasn't just VLC hanging--it was also Explorer.exe. I attempted to force-crash (aka end progam/end process) in task manager, but it failed to close. I also attempted to end explorer.exe and it refused to do so as well. After going through and trying various ways to force close both I started to get another weird error. The error read something along the lines of 'You do not have access to end 'x' program'. This was strange as I had not received it before that. When checking the properties of VLC it showed itself to be 'system32'. I checked explorer.exe and it showed the same...I think somehow VLC was connected to explorer.exe directly. Anyways, a couple minutes later the screens all go black, then flash back with the entire screen distorted (like below).
I tried a second time and it happened again whilst in VLC and this time it was task manager itself that was constantly hanging along with explorer.exe. There was pretty much nothing I could do except wait for the inevitable entire system hang/freeze. After this, I attempted to locate the problem.
Going through the various programs and drivers I tried to narrow down what might be causing it to occur. I uninstalled VLC completely and decided to see if that would fix the issue. It did not. It started occuring even with nothing running. I then checked for faulty drivers with the Driver Verifier. I found a couple minute ones from Daemos and a controller-plugin (so I could use PS4 controllers). After removing these and associated left-over files, the issues kept happening and with Verifier still running it froze again with no BSOD. I went through and enabled BSOD on CtrlScrollScroll and it still refused to give a Blue Screen, instead opting to just immediately distort the screen. The only way I could trigger a Blue Screen was in Safe Mode...which most likely didn't have whatever faulty driver it is running.
I had pretty much given up at this point and tried the normal: Memory checks, Prime95 stress testing, and completely uninstalling my Display drivers to no avail.
I also checked all my temps and made sure they were all in a good range and everything seemed normal. Especially since it is starting to get cold here.
A couple days ago I decided to just rollback to an automatic restore point to try and fix it...and all seemed to be running alright. That is until about an hour or so ago.
I once again started to get the hang while in Vegas...and I knew what was to happen next. I hit CtrlScrollScroll hoping I might be able to catch it before it hung everything...and again the screen immediately distorted and that is the picture I took below. However...it seems some sort of DMP file was saved to my C drive at the exact time I hit that. I am unable to decipher it with WinDbg and it seems it stopped exactly at 15.9GBs.
Weird thing about this is also that I had been playing a fairly intense FPS game for hours before this and it had previously froze during this same game...not sure why it waited until Vegas this time.
I am not sure what to do at this point and would really appreciate some help with this.
Now for the specs:
CPU: AMD FX-8350 8-core
PSU: 1000W Corsair Gold Edition RM1000x
GPU: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 Fury 4GB
OS: Windows 7 Home Edition
EDIT: Seems I missed a few things in my haste.
Motherboard: ASUS M5A99FX Pro 2.0
OS is an OEM (not originally built by me, but by a family friend)
OS is also 64-bit
Computer itself was just re-built from the ground-up earlier this year when I bought a new case/new Motherboard (old one died on installation).
Part ages: GPU is new and less than a year old, CPU is around 2 years old, PSU is new and less than a year old, RAM is from around 2013 (but passed all checks), Harddrives are from around 2013 (also passed all checks).
EDIT 2: I probably should have said this at some point but it must have slipped my mind. Around the same time these freezes started, I started to randomly have weird audio-clicks once in a while. Hard to describe and it doesn't seem to get caught on the sound mixer, and happens very rarely, and only usually when some other sound is happening (video, music, sfx, etc). Not sure if this is at all related, but it might help.
Edited by Chazzen, 19 October 2017 - 06:22 AM.