Random / Idle BSODS & Tips
Originally Posted by sporez
Ok guys got a very minor problem here. As you can see by the table in the OP I'm 12 hours stable on p95, however over the last month or so I have had two random BSODs while at idle.
There are the BSODs for reference.
Anyone have any idea what might be the issue? Other than that, the computer runs great
**If your sandybridge is giving you problems under light load or idle, then try disabling c3/c6, this usually applies to offset users, manual voltage users should try running C3 and C6 report on Auto.
A handful of users' have reported that even after priming 12hrs+ they have recieved random bsods, this does not really indicate that it's unstable
The error codes are not 100% and are not ALWAYS correct, with that said, stress testing in your main OS is not a good idea. If possible get yourself a spare HDD and load up windows and run all your stress testing on that. The idea of having another HDD is so that when your running your stress testing, background processes are at a minimum and should help indicate the main source of bsods, disabling the internet connection is also a good idea, same with any type of antivirus. Just remember too many bsods in a OS can cause the OS to become unstable ie corrupted file systems etc. With that said, if you pass 12hrs once you should be able to pass again, however, this does not mean go OCD stress testing.
In a situation where you are getting random bsods try the following:
- Try running C3 and C6 on AUTO with C1E and EIST Enabled.
- Clear CMOS (quick way - take the baterry out), load saved stable overclock, fresh windows install with pretty much nothing installed, no internet connection, nothing just a prime blend run. With minimum processes running and windows services, it would ba clear indication of stability without other 'things' such as a driver error, windows update, internet connection causing bsod.
- You could try the above or even a BIOS update, I stress that before you update, run stock setttings and then update the BIOS (**Don't update the BIOS on an overclock setting, you could risk bricking the mobo)
- Try Enabling all power saving features - C1E, EIST C3 and C6.
- Many have found that enabling SPREAD SPECTRUM reduces the voltage fluctuation. (Asus mobo's)
- Try using Manual voltage instead of Offset.
- Go to control Panel/hardware and sound/power options and select High performance Mode.
- Take the RAM out of the equation, underclock it if you have to and see whether or not it continues.
- Try a fresh OS install on a spare HDD or something, remember as explained before, too many bsods in the os = corrupt file system = unstable OS
- IF you have an SSD Read THIS, it might help solve your problems.
- Run Prime on it's own and leave it!!!!
- Flash video bsod/freezing? Read THIS (Disable Hardware Acceleration)
Hopefully some of these TIPS could help you against the dreaded IDLE/RANDOM BSOD and get your CPU stable. I'll add some more TIPS along the way.