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First of all I figured this is the right forum for this, although BSOD's can relate to any part of the computer. Reason I'm putting it here is because mobo is universal and I really have no idea what happened.

I've gotten BSOD's in the past for all the usual culprits, but just now I got a BSOD and the difference is this time I didn't do anything at all between last night and the next day. Didn't OC anything, didn't switch out any drivers, no hardware failures . . . nothing. Of course I'm very confused now, I figured maybe one of my drivers were out of date, but I have them all updated so I didn't think that was the issue. I checked video card, I have the newest driver for it, mobo I got the latest BIOS version (1014) that isn't Beta. My sound card . . . and anything else I can think of should be up to date as well.

I opened up in safe mode, disk defragged and did disk cleanup, then system restored to yesterday and I'm all set. I guess I'm just wondering why I'm all set if I didn't do anything at all between last night and today?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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after checking my administrative tools -- event viewer -- system log I found errors around the time that I tried booting up windows and acquired BSOD's. There were two BSOD's, but within the past hour or so there are about 10 different errors (marked w/the red X symbol). The source of the errors appear to be WinDefend, DCOM, and Service Control Manager.

The DCOM errors are telling me that when the computer attempted to load safe mode it couldn't (but that doesn't seem true because I did load in safe).

The WinDefend error tells me that WinDefend encountered an error trying to load signatures and it will attempt to reload to a good configuration.

The Service Control Manager errors say different things for each of them. For instance one of them tells me that a bunch of boot start or system start drivers failed to load, and they go ahead and list all of them, in which there are quite a few. The thing is that they are programs like AVG antivirus, ATITool, and all the rest are a little bit harder for me to distinguish what they mean. I didn't think that AVG even had a driver? lol. The rest of the Service Control Manager errors tell me some device attached to the system isn't functioning, but after checking all of my components are surely functioning, so I don't understand that one.

Usually BSOD's have to deal w/drivers (at least in my experience), but I'm totally lost on what drivers are needed on this one . . .
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Failing RAM will also cause BSODs.

I'd recommend testing with MemTest86+, just to rule that out.
    
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yeah I was thinking of running it, I haven't ran that in like a year lol. Only thing is why would it work after the system restore? Wouldn't failing RAM fail no matter what settings the computer is on?
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yeah I was thinking of running it, I haven't ran that in like a year lol. Only thing is why would it work after the system restore? Wouldn't failing RAM fail no matter what settings the computer is on?
Well, that's the funny thing about RAM (it's not called "Random Access Memory" by accident). All it takes is for data to go to a bad address, and down goes the house of cards.

RAM is typically the piece of hardware that is most prone to failure (in my experience). Even good RAM degrades over time, especially when pushed hard.
    
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oh problem, I have some software MemTest, but I don't believe I have Memtest86+. I noticed that all these 86+ versions are downloaded as an ISO file? What is that, and how would I use it?
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Well, that's the funny thing about RAM (it's not called "Random Access Memory" by accident). All it takes is for data to go to a bad address, and down goes the house of cards.
I agree completely, I just wish it wasn't the case because i'm sort of low on money, and I want a Wii soon haha (Super Smash Bros. anyone? lol). I didn't really want to have to get new RAM right yet . . . I wanted to save up for a new mobo/processor/RAM and possible PSU in one package.

I'll try to get Memtest86+ up and running, but someone has to explain this ISO thing to me? lol
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nm I got it to install, it was easy too . . . my bad lol

I'll do a test in about an hour to see what it tells me about my ram
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An ISO is like a zip file that can automatically be burned to a disk with out opening it.
You do have to select "ISO" as the file format and burn it as a saved image/ISO or the option for that type of file won't present it self in the burn process.

You may also have 2 other possible issues.
1. HDD
2. PS
The PS, if its under powering the HDD, the HDD will act as though it failing.
    
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thx for the info about ISO's, I figured it out last night . . . finally haha

well after running a scan on my computer for 2 passes my ram seemed to pass . . .

so I guess I can't say that the ram is the issue here . . .

maybe I BSOD from some kind of driver issue then?
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