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LesStrat's Computer Saga: Episode 4378
#1
Over the last couple of weeks, Windows 7 has crashed several times on my Dell Studio XPS 9100, with a BSOD.  I am able to manually reboot, but clearly something is wrong.  It's about 4 years old.
i7 2.80GHz.
8GB RAM
64 bit OS
Seagate ST31000528AS 1TB HD (500GB+ available)


The message today was something about a driver causing a problem, but I didn't get the whole message.  Upon the initial reboot, there was the WinBlows popup about finding solutions and getting more info, but the silly thing locked up and wouldn't let me check it, so I ended up manually rebooting again.


Suggestions on uncovering the mysteries of my latest problem would be appreciated.
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#2
You don't let windows install drivers do you ? I would go to everywhere and get every updated driver for everything.I am currently stuck with Windows 10 because apparently it doesn't save your stuff when it installs properly like it says when you do that. Tried to go back to 7 and there was no backup. Do every kind of scan you can think of too , heck defrag , do a chkdsk , malware ,virus and etc... You can always use more RAM and it is fairly cheap , if you are doing anything CPU intensive you don't have very much of it. Heat is evil too , I have an extra fan loose inside my case blowing on my RAM just because I can. I just upgraded my vid card to a 960 GTX and that really made things move quicker since so many things are run mainly off your GPU nowadays. Random babbling just mentioning anything I can think of that might cause those issues.
Do as thou wilt . Aleister Crowley
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#3
Yes, has it done any " Windows auto updates " lately ? Do you have auto updates turned on , if so turn it off.
I suspect auto updates slowly cripples older Os's to force you into the latest OS. Then hardware compatibility issues and lack of drivers comes up and you have to upgrade your hardware. Over the next two years , rinse and repeat. scratch chin
Unless you go to " Administrative tools " and then " Services " and set " auto updates to Manual " you will get MS nagware telling you to turn it on. You can kill the nagware by also setting the " Security centre " to Manual , in Services too.
[ Control Panel > Administrative Tools ]
Also in Admin Tools there is the " event Viewer " It has Windows Software and Hardware logs of your computers operational activity. It shows errors and so on in it. Scrutinizing it may help you pinpoint the cause of your Blue screens.
Then again you make not be able to make head or tail of them . big ok

If you have a restore point back to prior recent problems , try that.
Alternativly do as Oinkus suggests , go and do your driver updates yourself.
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#4
Beats me. Here is one of the events today:

The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x000000f7 (0x00000200076b3a00, 0x0000203b44420868, 0xffffdfc4bbbdf797, 0x0000000000000000). A dump was saved in: C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP. Report Id: 110215-22011-01.

Prior to that were several of these (I was not printing at the time):

This was after the errors above:
Name resolution for the name dns.msftncsi.com timed out after none of the configured DNS servers responded.

System--> Winnit
Custom dynamic link libraries are being loaded for every application. The system administrator should review the list of libraries to ensure they are related to trusted applications.

The print spooler failed to load a plug-in module C:\Windows\system32\spool\DRIVERS\x64\3\UNIDRVUI.DLL, error code 0xc1. See the event user data for context information.

Yesterday (3 of these 1 second apart):
The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR2.

and:
Your computer was not able to renew its address from the network (from the DHCP Server) for the Network Card with network address 0x889FFA4C8844. The following error occurred: 0x79. Your computer will continue to try and obtain an address on its own from the network address (DHCP) server.
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#5
I think this beast is possessed. Anyone know a good exorcist?
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#6
(11-02-2015, 10:55 PM)LesStrat Wrote: Beats me.  Here is one of the events today:

The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck.  The bugcheck was: 0x000000f7 (0x00000200076b3a00, 0x0000203b44420868, 0xffffdfc4bbbdf797, 0x0000000000000000). A dump was saved in: C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP. Report Id: 110215-22011-01.

Prior to that were several of these (I was not printing at the time):

This was after the errors above:
Name resolution for the name dns.msftncsi.com timed out after none of the configured DNS servers responded.

System--> Winnit
Custom dynamic link libraries are being loaded for every application. The system administrator should review the list of libraries to ensure they are related to trusted applications.

The print spooler failed to load a plug-in module C:\Windows\system32\spool\DRIVERS\x64\3\UNIDRVUI.DLL, error code 0xc1. See the event user data for context information.

Yesterday (3 of these 1 second apart):
The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR2.

and:
Your computer was not able to renew its address from the network (from the DHCP Server) for the Network Card with network address 0x889FFA4C8844.  The following error occurred: 0x79. Your computer will continue to try and obtain an address on its own from the network address (DHCP) server.
There's net connection issues in there and some hardware/software to do with the computer startup. I'd try a registry clean but I suspect you may have done that, and reload the board drivers [ chipset ].[ rinse and repeat the registry clean }

Beyond that you may developing a hardware failure. Hard disk or motherboard or Power Supply are the first potential culprits.
If you know how to get into the bios [F2 0r F12 or Esc or Del at startup ] it usually has a readout of the power supply. any variance over 10% may suggest a problem with it.

If you're feeling adventurous you could always go and fuck with Msconfig. and revue what starts up at boot. you can disable supurfluos program startups here. [ To get to it open up a browser and type in  msconfig in the address bar and press enter. ]
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#7
The one thing you mention that I have NO problem doing is removing startup processes in msconfig.
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#8
Running the F12 startup diagnostics now.
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#9
Definitely looks like your network card is not working.  Probably a driver, but sometimes network cards get hammered by lightning surges.

Quote:System--> Winnit
Custom dynamic link libraries are being loaded for every application. The system administrator should review the list of libraries to ensure they are related to trusted applications.

Does Windows still have a Safe Mode bootup?  This message could be telling you that somebody has infected your system DLL files with malware.  If you get the system remotely stable again I would run a virus scan (or three).
And yes, ALWAYS disable automatic updates, if for no other reason than that you will know when new software has been added or not) and can keep an eye out for new problems.  If something breaks at least you'll have a clue what has changed recently.
Someone should put that in their signature…
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#10
+1 for an infection
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