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BSOD Machine Check Exception

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  1. jasper1605

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    Hey all,

    I've gotten this error a few times now and I'm not exactly sure what's going on as I've changed nothing on my system in a very long time but it has decided that it is time to BSOD me again :(

    I've got the memory dump file but it's 419 mb (is it supposed to be that big?) so uploading it is not practical. Any suggestions on something I can download to decode this for me? I wish I had the foresight to take a picture of it but it restarts the computer too fast for me to think of such an idea.

    Suggestions are welcome, thanks :)

    oh and btw: it occurs at random times. When I'm gaming, when I'm simply enjoying some pandora, when I'm playing solitaire. So it's not a load related issue.
  2. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    just check the usual crap. make sure things arent overheating (and DONT rely on software to tell you that - test stuff with your finger, like NB, RAM and VRMs) and make sure your OC is still stable (OCCT linpack + memtest oughta do it)
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    check your event viewer or set the PC not to restart on error so that you have time to write down the error it flashes.
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    Can a once stable OC become unstable on a whim? The wonderful world of computers haha.

    Here's the error message that I found from event viewer

    0x0000009c (0x0000000000000000, 0xfffff880009f1b70, 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000)
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    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

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    an OC can loose stability over time, yes. Is it always that 9c error or just the last time it crashed?
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    Hmm, that's pulling from some memories past. I want to say yes but that's about a 60% sureness level; it's only happened 3 or 4 times in the last 2 months.
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    yes. your PSU weakens slightly, a voltage drops or raises too far...
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    I hope that I am NOT late to help out... :)

    1.] check your hard drive for any tears, bad drivers, conflicts between software and programs.
    2.] Check your motherboard, RAM, connectors, PSU and other devices for any faults.
    3.] Don't overclock like crazy and make your system unstable. So, don't choke it to death. Keep it happy and it will give you less BSOD.
    4.] Check your PC for any rootkit viruses. These hooligans can be a problem and cause havoc to your system file and kernel.
    5.] Keep your hardware clean from dust and durbis. These little spectacle are very good at grinding your hardware and build static electric - resulting system failure and major BSOD overkill!
    6.] Don't overclock for system / voltage too much or too low (same as 3).
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    BSoD MCE could meant various things from CPU itself thru memory controller to memory itself. If you aint overclocked nothing i'd bet on memory ... being burned with mobo for some reason

    You didnt mention particular setup you have. But i presume you have rig based on ddr2 memory and them tend to slightly weak over time opposing to old SD/DDR.

    I see in your later posts you have OCed machine. How are you sure about it's rock stability in fist place. 3000% memory weakened. Would you be kind enough to post your system setup and OC results CPU/IMC@V, memory/CLx@V, motherboard, psu

    btw. You can setup in My Computer preferences to small memory dump 64k (wxp) ... it's useless piece of c-rap to us as users and there's no need for all that being stored to hdd.

    Everybody suspects on PSU, but these days psus, being some reliable brand and not older than 3yrs, are pretty reliable part so i'd rather go on memory first than mobo and psu
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    it's my spec rig. And I did some testing around w/ voltages on my cpu and it appears that I wasn't giving it enough voltage, but after I bumped it up it was running some intel burn test just fine whereas it would not before and I have not had the BSOD since upping the voltages. Thanks for your suggestions all :)
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    PSU's dont have to fail, to weaken. My HX1000 just lowered voltages slightly and i had to tweak my OC yesterday. I've seen two OCZ 600W's do the same within the last month, and three generics fail outright.

    Good PSU's dont change enough to affect a stock clocked system, but when its a PC tweaked with just the right voltages, a small change on the PSU is going to cause big problems setting you back to square 1.

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