Random BSOD - ntoskrnl.exe. IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

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    Random BSOD - ntoskrnl.exe. IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL


    Hello all. I have been getting these random BSODs related to ntoskrnl. I have passed Windows Memory Diagnostic and Memtest. I can't seem to see a pattern for triggering the BSODs. I have done a full reset of Windows. I have used BlueScreenViewer to Google threads related to each crash, hoping I would see some advice. I haven't found anything that gives me direction. I am hoping someone can look at my minidumps and give me some advice

    I have uploaded the system information and the last few minidumps.

    Thanks!
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  2. philc43's Avatar
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    Hello redcloud111

    Thanks for posting on TenForums

    I would begin by upgrading your motherboard BIOS. There have been several improvements since the version you have installed and it would be worth checking to see if this makes a difference. If this does not work you will need to look into memory corruption as the next most likely cause.
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  3. Posts : 7
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    Thanks. The computer is only a month old. I assumed they had installed the latest bios. I see that the latest one says:

    - Support the latest 9th generation CPU

    Should I choose this or the prior one? I don't have a 9th generation CPU.

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    Thanks!
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  4. philc43's Avatar
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    Go for the most recent - it may have other improvements that they don't document.
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    Thanks. Just flashed. I am now reapplying my overclock settings. Hopefully all will be well. If that does it, I really should kick myself. Thanks!
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  6. philc43's Avatar
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    Be wary of overclocking! That is one guaranteed way of encouraging BSOD events. Let it run at normal default settings first and then try overclocking if you must.
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    Good idea. I am not pushing the overclocking at all, though. I have an 8700k I run at 4.8 and I keep my DRAM below its capabilities. I also am not pushing the 1080ti to its limits. So, heat never seems to be an issue. If those numbers are causing windows to crash, then I would be very confused.
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  8. philc43's Avatar
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    The 8700k recommended maximum turbo frequency is 4.7Ghz so I would stick to that if I were you. The recommended memory for that CPU is DDR4-2666, even though the motherboard will cope with higher speed RAM the CPU integrates best at 2666MHz
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    4.7? So, you think if I continue with the BSODs I should drop it to this? That won't be a problem. I am not super clear on how to achieve 2666mhz for the RAM, though, if that is optimal. I can't remember the exact settings in the BIOS I set for the RAM, but CPU-Z is saying the DRAM frequency is 1799mhz. I also see the NB frequency is just under 4400mhz. Should I lower these settings in the BIOS? The guys who set this up for me suggested these settings.
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    My advice is always to change a little at a time so try the new BIOS first and I usually advise reset to optimised default settings when you do this. Then explore the other changes for overclocking one at a time. When making changes make photos of all the BIOS screens so you can always go back to what you had before.
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