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Hey Guys

I am faced with a very wierd problem. I am helping building my friend a new rig. We had all the new parts save the GPU & the PSU. The Final config of the rig is this. It has been running rock stable over the last couple of weeks since it was assembled.

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Now I had ordered the PSU & GPU for my friend from Tirupati. The PSU I selected was TX 850V2 and GPU I selected was a 100% reference HD6950 2GB with Unlockable Shaders.
Now for the past few weeks since the rig was assembled and since the new PSU & GPU were still coming in, I lend my friend my spare PSU & GPU. These were a VIP 750W Platinum PSU and a MSI GTX 260 Twin Frozr OC. Everything was hunky dory and all the games were playable at 1920x1080p at max settings. We were testing stability so daily the gaming sessions were for 4-6 hrs.

Now Yesterday the HD6950 2GB got delivered. We were very happy and wanted to take it for a spin. So I uninstalled the NVIDIA drivers and also used driver sweeper to clean the leftover bits. Even removed the device from device manager. Next I shutdown the PC, took out the GTX 260 and put in the HD6950 2GB. Plugged everything in and then started up the computer. There was no display coming and the LCD's standby led was on. So I turned off everything, reseated the card and switched on the PC. Again the LCD didnt get the signal. But the case fans were working and the HD6950 2GB fan was also spinning and it was exhausting air as its supposed to.
Seeing as this didnt help, I reset the CMOS, took out the battery unplugged the power cord for 15 mins and then plugged everything in and started the PC. Now the display came on and I was able to go into the BIOS to change settings. I saved the settings and rebooted. The PC went through post and then started loading windows. Its here that we got BSOD and the PC shutdown. Next when we restarted the PC, we got an error just after POST that "header is corrupt". So I again did a CMOS reset and restarted the PC. This time the PC wont even go to the BIOS the screen remains turned on but nothing is displayed. So I did a hard reset and the PC booted up and I decided to reinstall windows. The installation went smoothly and I was able to install all the drivers & softwares. Now here after a restart following the installation of the catalyst driver I again got a BSOD. Thereafter everytime I try to boot, I get a BSOD with a random error code each time just after the windows loading splash screen.
I thought may be the HD6950 is at fault and decided to check with the GTX 260 as it was working fine. I did a hard reset and installed the GTX 260. PC booted and I successfully installed win 7 again. Now after installing win 7 when the PC restarted I again started having issues as every time at the "windows is loading" screen I got again a random code BSOD. After a few BSODs trying to start the PC I stopped getting display as in the monitor stopped getting signal and went into a standby mode. I gain took everything out did a hard reset, reseated everything and tried to boot. I was able to get into the BIOS this time. I made the changes and saved and restarted. After the restart, the PC turns on, every light turns on, all the fans spin, the GPU fans spin and the monitor turns on but instead of the POST screen I get a blank screen. I have tried everything and nothing is working. If I cant get into BIOS to change settings I cant even install windows 7 again.

I am at my wits end about this very wierd problem. Dont know whether the HD6950 is to blame here but as the GTX 260 also dint work (where as it was working perfectly previously) I dont know what to think.

Please guys help out a friend in need.

TIA and sorry for the long post but it was necessary to make my situation clear.

Cheers

devv
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Everything was hunky dory and all the games were playable at 1920x1080p at max settings.
On a 260?

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Dont know whether the HD6950 is to blame here but as the GTX 260 also dint work (where as it was working perfectly previously) I dont know what to think.
Perhaps you dislodged the RAM or other component(s) while installing the 6950? The variability of the BSODs kind of sounds like a memory issue. You might want to try reseating the RAM and any other PCI-E devices (in addition to the GPU).

Also, do the BSODs have any English strings at the top, or only hexadecimal characters? Some more specific error codes might help to diagnose it more quickly.

Edit: Does this config have on-board video, by chance? Doubtful, just curious. And what PCI device is set as default display in the BIOS (PEG0, PEG1, etc.)?
Edited by tjwurzburger - 8/5/11 at 11:56pm
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if you can get into the bios, give more CPU Voltage and more IOH voltage, might help a lot
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guys thanks for replying.

^^no the board doesnot have onboard graphics. The memory modules are fine as I individually tested them using memtest and they passed. The BSOD error codes only one that I can remember is 0x00000024. I dont know what it means.

^The system aint OCed so I doubt giving more voltage will help as its not a stability issue rather looks like some conflict or simply PSU crossload issue to me.
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guys thanks for replying.

^^no the board doesnot have onboard graphics. The memory modules are fine as I individually tested them using memtest and they passed. The BSOD error codes only one that I can remember is 0x00000024. I dont know what it means.

^The system aint OCed so I doubt giving more voltage will help as its not a stability issue rather looks like some conflict or simply PSU crossload issue to me.
Hmm, I think 24 is related to the file system. Let me look it up and I'll get back to you in a few.

Edit: See below for an explanation of that code and possible fix, from MS. You might try going to only one stick of RAM, as that code means either memory or HDD. It kind of makes sense as it happens with either GPU.

BCCode: 24 0x00000024

Cause
One possible cause of this bug check is disk corruption. Corruption in the NTFS file system or bad blocks (sectors) on the hard disk can induce this error. Corrupted SCSI and IDE drivers can also adversely affect the system's ability to read and write to disk, thus causing the error.
Another possible cause is depletion of nonpaged pool memory. If the nonpaged pool memory is completely depleted, this error can stop the system. However, during the indexing process, if the amount of available nonpaged pool memory is very low, another kernel-mode driver requiring nonpaged pool memory can also trigger this error.

Resolving the Problem
To debug this problem: Use the .cxr (Display Context Record) command with Parameter 3, and then use the kb (Display Stack Trace) command.
To resolve a disk corruption problem: Check Event Viewer for error messages from SCSI and FASTFAT (System Log) or Autochk (Application Log) that might help pinpoint the device or driver that is causing the error. Try disabling any virus scanners, backup programs, or disk defragmenter tools that continually monitor the system. You should also run hardware diagnostics supplied by the system manufacturer. For details on these procedures, see the owner's manual for your computer. Run Chkdsk /f /r to detect and resolve any file system structural corruption. You must restart the system before the disk scan begins on a system partition.
To resolve a nonpaged pool memory depletion problem: Either add new physical memory to the computer (thus increasing the quantity of nonpaged pool memory available to the kernel), or reduce the number of files on the Services for Macintosh (SFM) volume.
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@tjwurzburger the 260 is a very powerful card,my mates superclocked one slaps a 1gb 460 in the face,now ontopic the psu might have some issues and made the system unstable,do u have another u can try?
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@tjwurzburger the 260 is a very powerful card,my mates superclocked one slaps a 1gb 460 in the face,now ontopic the psu might have some issues and made the system unstable,do u have another u can try?
@TehStranger. Relax ... I wasn't dissing his card, I was just surprised!

@OP ... agree that PSU is a possibility, however BSOD code suggests it may only fail when it hits the disk. It would be interesting to boot up onto a live CD/DVD (e.g. Linux) if you have one handy.
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@TehStranger. Relax ... I wasn't dissing his card, I was just surprised!

@OP ... agree that PSU is a possibility, however BSOD code suggests it may only fail when it hits the disk. It would be interesting to boot up onto a live CD/DVD (e.g. Linux) if you have one handy.
relax? lol sorry if the writing seemed rude i didnt mean it too :S
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relax? lol sorry if the writing seemed rude i didnt mean it too :S
No worries.
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agreed that the BSOD code suggest a corrupt drive but in that case I was able to install windows without a hitch and after installation the BSOD started. Also I reformatted my hard drive and checked for bad sectors before installing. But I am wondering why this issue never cropped up when I was running with the GTX 260 initially
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