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I apologize for the length of the post in advance but my main rig has been practically unusable for the last 3 days and I need this machine for work. I'm getting pretty frustrated and know I'm probably not looking at the situation from the best state of mind anymore so I could really use some help.

I started getting random blue screens Sunday morning after months of stability in my sig rig. The cause of the errors seemed completely random. Sometimes the system would crash 5 minutes after logging into Windows, other times I could go 2-3 hours before crashing. I couldn't seem to point to a specific piece of software or action that was causing the problem either. Sometimes it would crash while idle, other times I could go a few hours gaming, working in Maya or Zbrush, or running any other kind of taxing software without an issue, only to have it crash. Started getting chkdsk errors on my boot and raid drives, but I seemed to be relatively stable running in safe mode. I figured Windows/the array had somehow gotten corrupted and I decided to go ahead and backup, reformat, and delete the array late Sunday night.

The problem persisted on Monday despite the reformatting. Things I've done so far that haven't fixed the crashing: reformatted and rebuilt the system without the RAID array, returned overclocked parts to stock, cleared CMOS, checked the integrity of all the drives, and tested the system with one drive at a time. I thought I had gotten everything stable by clearing the CMOS and reformatting again yesterday evening. The system ran fine for hours off the single M4, and I was able to plug-in one mechanical drive at a time, check it's SMART status and for bad sectors in HD Tune, and then proceed to restoring data and installing programs. The system ran fine for a couple of hours last night and everything seemed fine.

Then this morning I started getting the blue screens again, although specifically the page_fault_in_nonpaged_area error. I've been running memtest since earlier this morning but I've yet to get any errors and my confidence in this issue being caused by the RAM is dwindling. I'm starting to think that I may have a bad SATA port on the motherboard, but I'm not not sure and I still haven't actually identified a CAUSE for the crashing so I have no real way of testing for stability other than to turn the system on, let it run, and pray. Although I suspect if it's a port issue it's one of the ports for my mechanical drives as the system ran perfectly fine off just the M4.

Once memtest goes for another pass or two I'm gonna start trying to test SATA ports. I suspect the RAM isn't the issue as my understanding of memtest is that errors usually present themselves in the first couple of passes, and since Sunday the crashes I've been getting occur within an hour or two of the system being on. Seems like memtest would have covered that block by now. It's also worth mentioning that I doubt heat is the issue. Even when I was overclocked my CPU temps were acceptable, and memory, HDD, and GPU readings are all normal. My temps are even lower now that I'm running stock.

I know it's kinda a vague problem, but any ideas as to what I can do to narrow things down and get this system stable again would be a huge help.

Edit: And sorry if this is the wrong section. I'm at such a loss for what the problem is I'm not even sure what section I should be posting this in.
Edited by Sir-Lucius - 10/11/11 at 10:40am
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Even though u didnt find HD errors it still sounds like an HD issue. If you can try using a different HD for a while.
    
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Yeah I'm really leaning towards it being a hdd. Memtest didn't find any errors and I've been running the system off the M4 and one of the F3's for a few hours now okay. I'm gonna try plugging in another drive shortly and see how long it stays up without crashing.
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