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Mystery black screen reboots while using VMs. Occasional BSOD


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#1 daffy1234

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Posted 02 August 2018 - 02:12 AM

Speccy snapshot: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/ybAknYpXHO0IGnyIeQM1PSJ

 

My hard drive passed SeaTools' S.M.A.R.T. Check, Disk Self Test, Short Generic, and Long Generic tests.

 

This computer has never been the most stable, but new strange symptoms have popped up recently. When using Virtualbox, some guest operating systems under certain conditions bring the entire host down. Most of the time it's contained as a (very annoying) blue screen inside the guest, but sometimes it causes the host to freeze (numlock stops toggling keyboard light, level of freezing), or sometimes BSOD.  

 

Historically, I've had BSOD issues with certain games under certain conditions. I never managed to get that under control. Recently though, VMs started being affected too.

 

What I find very odd is that my linux VMs are unaffected. My Windows 7 VMs are the main victim of this.

 

The computer remains stable under day to day use, though. Web browsing, memory intensive programming, image editing, and every benchmark you can throw at it. All fine. Which is very confusing.

 

Not sure where to go from here. Any help is appreciated.

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Posted 02 August 2018 - 07:01 AM

Hello and welcome!

Have you tried using only a single RAM stick/tested RAM extensively?



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Posted 02 August 2018 - 10:23 PM

Hello and thank you! :)

 

Last time I ran memtest86+ (months to a year ago) it did a few passes with no errors. I'll run it again starting now. I find it hard to believe its a memory issue though. Lots of high memory things (browsers, ramdisks, certain heavy python programs) run without a problem. Virtualbox runs for only a few moments, eating up a few hundred MB of ram, and dies. And of course, like I mentioned, it only affects Windows VMs for some strange strange reason.



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Posted 03 August 2018 - 03:28 PM

After 16 hours, memtest86+ did 4 passes with no errors.



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Posted 03 August 2018 - 03:39 PM

Did you test the each stick individually?



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Posted 06 August 2018 - 05:12 PM

Sorry for the late reply. Yes, I completed a pass on each stick individually. Zero errors on each.



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Posted 07 August 2018 - 06:03 PM

I just had a "hardware malfunction" blue screen while watching a youtube video. No minidump was created.






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