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Crashes/BSODs associated with Chrome, maybe driver problem or hard drive issue?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Slansky, Feb 13, 2013.

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  1. Slansky

    Slansky Thread Starter

    Feb 13, 2013
    I have a bunch of different issues at this point so I'm not sure exactly where to put this. I'm on a custom desktop that I built last August which has given me no problems until now. I got a new Asus monitor last week which is the only recent hardware change (also installed a new HDD after the problems started, but I don't think that's made a difference).

    Everything started with Google Chrome hanging and crashing to a BSOD a few days ago. Avast and Malwarebytes came up clean. My main drive (128GB SSD) only had 11GB free, so I uninstalled Steam and a couple other things from it in case it was a space problem (reinstalled since that didn't fix it). I got Windows all up to date, including optional updates. I might be reading it wrong, but I think the BSODs have a stop code of 0x3, for which there aren't many fixes available online.

    Everything was still running really slow and hanging, so I managed to get on IE and installed an Asus driver for my monitor (it was showing up as Generic PnP) and a bunch of drivers from the ASRock website for my motherboard. That sped things up and my computer was acting more normal. Ever since then, I can run everything but Chrome without incident (I have had one crash to black screen while not running Chrome since this started, when I was downloading things and running a backup program all at once). Internet works fine through IE or Firefox.

    The weird thing is that 80% of the time when I boot up, Windows runs a disk check and seems to delete a lot of what I installed in the last session. It deletes Chrome every time I try to reinstall it, and most recently, it's been deleting parts of the Catalyst Control Center so my CCC is crashing now. I have already checked for a dirty bit and it says all of my drives are NOT dirty. I just tried to install a fresh version of CCC and graphics drivers for my video card, and it said it failed to install. And Chrome is still either hanging my whole computer so I have to do a hard shutdown, or crashing to a BSOD (even when I tried installing an old version from 2 months ago).

    At this point I have no idea what to try next. I would be content with using Firefox on a functioning computer, but these CCC problems and the disk check every time I boot up are concerning. And if possible I would much rather be able to return to Chrome. Most of my stuff is backed up so I'm willing to try a clean install of Windows, but I don't even know if that would help.

    Here is my TSG info:
    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
    Processor Count: 4
    RAM: 4059 Mb
    Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series, 1024 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 114370 MB, Free - 37844 MB; D: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 277083 MB; E: Total - 476936 MB, Free - 435137 MB;
    Motherboard: ASRock, H77M
    Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

    Any ideas? Sorry this is so long.
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