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I've been suffering random BSoDs for a few months now. Posting here because no other forum is giving any help anymore, see:

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/sho...php?t=18257714

Board has always had issues POSTing/power cycling, it's fairly common by the looks of google.

It started off on this new board about 3 days after I got it, random BSoDs with sound looping under load, usually 0x1E or 0x124. Presumed it was an unstable OC, went back to stock, worked fine for about a week or two. Then it all started again at stock, same stuff. Found a faulty driver, PxHlpA64.sys, and reinstalled windows. All good for a few weeks before the problem driver somehow installed itself again, and been a bumpy road since that.

That's what it's got down to now. Only things I haven't swapped about are PSU, board, CPU, HDD.

I'm BSoDing with different/random code every time, seems worse when WiFi card is in. Including:
0x000001E KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED (about 80% of the time)
0x0000124 WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR
0x0000116 VIDEO_TDR_ERROR
0x0000050 PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
0x1000009 BAD_POOL_HEADER
0x0000024 NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM (only twice)
0x000000A DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
0x000004E PFN_LIST_CORRUPT (this happened after I reset the BIOS, could not boot, took 5 attempts to get in)
0x000001A MEMORY_MANAGEMENT

Drivers blamed include csrss.exe, PxHlpA64.sys (removed), nvklkkdm.sys (or whatever it is), win32k.sys, USBPORT.SYS (that was an odd one), and more.

Now odd thing that's just happened, a few days ago, my brother's 9800GT blew up. I reflowed it then tested it for 6 hours straight. At one point artifacts showed up about 10 minutes in - thought the reflow failed. Closed it, reopened it, working fine.

Now that card is back up and running in his own PC, my old 8800GT is back in. And artifacts showed in ATiTool, same deal, closed it and reopened, working fine again.

Could the artifacts have been a false positive from ATiTool? The entire system nearly crashed and I only just managed to close ATiTool in time so I don't think it was. That, and the fact that it's more unstable with the WiFi in, makes me think something's not right with the PCI-E bus... tried enabling spread spectrum, no luck. ATiTool also hangs quite a lot.

Problem is, I don't want to deal with Asus and their ****ey 1-month turnarounds, because I can't go without a comp for that long. I bought the board B-Grade off overclockers and so their 14 day warranty has run out. There's an RMA sticker on my board... something tells me a faulty board might possibly have somehow found its way back on sale. But can I prove that?

If it's the board, ****it, selling the lot for a netbook. Don't get me wrong, I'm not new to building, I've built 15+ comps since I was 12 and repaired many more, though none I've built except my own have gone wrong. No PEBCAK I'm afraid

Basically yeah, running out of options, fairly sure it's the board. Any last ideas before I blow this thing up?

Cheers
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Finally got somewhere, tore the whole system right down, cleaned and dusted all parts and contacts down to the BIOS and CPU sockets, then reset CMOS. All completely stable... for now. Reapplying BIOS settings one by one.
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Try upping the NB (chipset) voltage, it seems the issue could be a bunch of random things but may be indeed related to the link between the video card & CPU
Or check your RAM... It may be affecting a lot of things
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Reseated all, worked brilliantly for nearly a week. And then suddenly, a wild BSoD occured.

Tried upping voltages, no luck. Anyone got any ideas? If not, this thing's being sold for a netbook.
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what was the error code for the wild bsod?
does anything show up in system manager/event viewer?
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