When I get the BSOD, my computer doesn't start for about 5 mins. If I press the power button it does nothing. However, after 2 mins or so if I try to turn it on I get 1 long beep followed by 2 short beeps. Apparantly this means a GPU issue. That would make sense I believe I have a defective GPU as when I run it for long enough I get a lot of graphical glitches on my screen. However, I see this as the least likely possibility because although I was getting these glitches for months before I upgraded my comp, I never got any crashes from it.
It seems that this motherboard has an issue with OCZ Gold RAM - the beeps "supposedly" can mistake this problem with GPU problems. Apparantly the RAM runs at 2 or 2.1 V (W? Can't remember. XD) when the mobo supports only up to 1.95. However... I am using OCZ RAM but I do not think it's "gold" ram. Also, the people with this problem sounded like they were unable to boot, and the solution given was to get the computer able to boot so they could flash the bios to the newest version... which I already have. Also in the BIOS the mobo has options up to 2.30 V for the RAM (Can't find what the max supported in the board manual is.) For the time being I took one of the two chips out seeing if that helps.'
Finally, the second of the four times this has happened, I booted into a BSOD (Only time I booted into one.) It told me I had a corrupt .dll and I needed to do a repair install. I rebooted once more and I booted just fine. However, I wasn't connected to the internet... After fooling around with device manager for a few hours I found that my drivers for the two "nVidia Network Bus Enumerator" devices had been wiped followed by my networking controllers. (I have only been able to get one of the networking controllers working...) From skimming the nvidia boards it seems that the LAN drivers are problematic so this seems pretty likely as well...
Oh and in case it helps I'm on Vista 32 bit and I'm using an MSI GeForce 7900 GT. One other note is that the BSODs seem to only happen when I'm gaming online. (Not sure if online has anything to do with it I'm just online all the time.) Except for one time it happened just sorta randomly although I think it may be because I tried to use readyboost on my iPod... I don't think it actually *let* me try though so I don't know if that had anything to do with it.
So one thing I read was that if I run only one chip of RAM it should be fine. If that works I'd put the second chip in but in single channel mode not dual channel. It took 2 hours, but with a single chip I got a BSOD.
Currently I am running both chips but I changed the voltage in the BIOS down to 1.95 V (Although supposedly it runs 2V originally I still don't know for a fact.)
I found out that in XP the error code meant usually a bad device driver which would make sense becuase I had driver troubles (see 4th paragraph) that were never fully resolved. I'm thinking this is most likely at this point since all the ram issues I read about were different circumstances involving dual channel not working with the ram. Single channel doesn't work either and my BIOS are up to date, and my RAM is the same brand as the problems but a different series. However, I'm not quite sure just how to resolve the problem if this is what's causing it. The device getting the error is one of my two network adapters and it is "This device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device. (Code 31)" So I think I'm going to disable that device and see if it is resolved.
If that doesn't work I'm going to run memtest86 but I really doubt that my memory is bad.
I'm sifting through event viewer right now I can't find much other than "Previous shutdown unexpected" However just before one BSOD I have a whole cluster of "The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID
to the user Ferret-PC\Ferret SID (S-1-5-21-3470726999-3793355774-3343032829-1000) from address LocalHost (Using LRPC). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool." these. No idea what it means but there you go.
While I was attempting to get the drivers applied to the devices I described earlier, I have a whole mess of these: "IRQARB: ACPI BIOS does not contain an IRQ for the device in PCI slot 13, function 0. Please contact your system vendor for technical assistance." it goes from slot 10 to 15 I believe. BSOD is undocumented, though, I'm searching for my .dmp and .mdmp now.
I just realized something that might be important. I attempted to run windows memory test - the one that you pick when picking which OS to boot with. It froze at 3% of the first test. I don't know if that means bad memory or not because as I said the computer doesn't boot up for about 5 minutes after the BSOD which I think may be do to it freezing before it shows anything on screen. Either way it might be important, so yeah there you go... ... ... still waiting to hear from somebody.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Edited by Rabid Ferrets of DOOM!!!, 05 June 2007 - 12:15 PM.