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HELP with BSOD STOP:000000F4...

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Biansta, Feb 24, 2013.

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  1. Biansta

    Biansta Thread Starter

    Feb 24, 2013

    I've been getting the BSOD in the attached image for three days now. It appears after roughly 30 minutes of normal use of the computer, after which it suddenly stops responding, the screen goes black, and shortly afterwards, blue (BSOD).

    System specs are: Intel i5-2500k @ 3.30GHz, Nvidia GTX570, WD Caviar Black 1TB HDD, 64GB Crucial M4 (for Windows 7), Corsair TX750 PSU.

    I tried defragging the hdd, ran microsoft security essentials and malwarebytes...everything was fine. Then I googled the error code (000000F4...) and from that I learned this might be a hardware problem. So I opened up my case, cleaned most of the dust off, verified all the cabling and everything was ok. Closed it back up, tried booting in safe mode just to see what would happen and sure enough, after ~30 minutes of use I got the BSOD.

    By the way, the first time I got the BSOD I was playing an online game and it crashed and a message showed up in the bottom right corner (near the windows toolbar) which I could only read briefly that said something like "Nvidia couldn't..." so I thought it might be the GPU but the same message hasn't appeared since, i.e., in the most recent BSOD episodes.

    What can I do to solve this?
    Thanks in advance

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  2. rainforest123


    Dec 28, 2004
    Hello & Welcome to TechGuy.org

    Please run this forum's system information utility & post the resutls.

    Please provide your computer's brand model & model # if applicable.

    When did the computer last work well? When did the problem begin? Sometimes the exact date is important.

    What changed; a hardware or software installation or removal; an update to W7 [ check your W7 update history ] or update to your anti malware or other antimalware program / programs ]; an update to Java or an Adobe program for example?

    Verify that your computer is configured to create mini dumps.

    If it is, please copy the most recent 5 to a folder, zip the folder [ .zip, not .7z or .rar please ].
    Return here.
    "go advanced"
    "manage attachments"
    close window
    "submit reply".

    Troubleshooting step #1:
    Boot to safe mode.

    If the problem does not occur in safe mode, follow these articles to determine the culprit.


    MY Method
    On the services and startup tabs, left click "manufacturer". This will sort items by manufacturer
    Take screen shots of the "services" and "startup tabs"
    You will probably need to scroll up / down and take multiple screen shots so that all items are visible.
    On the "services" tabl, left click "hide all Microsoft services"
    Then, left click "disable all"
    On the startup tab, left click "disable all"

    If the problem does not occur:
    "services" tab, enable items from a particular manufacturer
    on the startup tab, enable items from the same manufacturer

    repeat until the culprit has been identified.

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