Windows 10: BSOD: Machine Check Exception (caused by hal.dll)

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  1.    12 May 2017 #11

    I did yesterday, and the pins on the CPU looked fine to me (I looked up pics on Google and compared), and also the socket looked fine (I compared it with pics of the same MOBO on Google as well). I use Gammaxx Deepcool 400 (it's pretty good, it keeps the CPU at 32ish° Celsius while it's idle)... I fear I cannot use that tool since my PC now won't even boot. I had submitted my specs when I registered to this site, but if you need them, I can just type them here:

    CPU: I5-6600K
    Motherboard: Z170 Pro Gaming Aura
    PSU: EVGA G2L 850W
    GPU: MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB
    SSD: Samsung 850 Evo
    Optical Drive: Asus Blu-ray BC12B1ST
    UPS: Cyberpower 1500 VA 900W
    Heatsink: Gammaxx Deepcool 400

    The case is a Full-Tower case and has plenty of space for air flow.
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  2.    12 May 2017 #12

    Is there a chance that if the heatsink is not making good contact, or it's somehow loose, that itself could be the cause of the crashes?
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       13 May 2017 #13

    The heat likely wouldn't move away from the CPU causing overheating if that would be the case, I assume you have placed it correctly last time you opened the case?

    Do you know where you dropped a screw on the motherboard?
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  4.    13 May 2017 #14

    Yes, I did. Sorry for taking so long to reply, I work a lot. So yeah, I did replace it the right way, but to me it doesn't feel as tight as the first time I placed it (when I built the computer), so I thought that maybe "making and not making contact" could make the processor (somehow) wanna stop working. Just an idea I had to try to explain what to me still makes no sense; I mean, it worked perfectly fine in Safe Mode for a whole week, until I decided to use the epsxe (Playstation 1) emulator. Now it won't even boot and freezes in BIOS.

    I do know exactly where I dropped the screw and where exactly made contact with the motherboard, I could take a picture and edit it, drawing an arrow pointing at the specific spot where the screw hit as soon as I get home, to then upload it into this thread, if that is possible.
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  5.    13 May 2017 #15

    I had similar situation to you. I was playing a game on the Windows 10 and the system was crashed. And I got reboot loop and blue screen frequently. Then, when I try to install a new fresh Windows 10 from DVD/USB, it causes blue screen error during install. And the errors are something different each time. e.g. "driver irql not less or equal " or "attempted execute of noexecute memory". I replaced the motherboard and RAM, but it still does not change anything. I suspect it's the problem of CPU or the power supply. But I currently do not have the CPU or PSU replacement to try. My machine was built 8 months ago, it's also quite new.
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  6. axe0's Avatar
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       13 May 2017 #16

    If you could post a picture of where the screw was dropped would be very helpful.
    I know I've dropped a few screws when I build (and rebuild) my system, but it dropped on places it could not damage things (on the motherboard).

    A BIOS freeze has a few causes, 2 things I would think of immediately are the PSU and motherboard.
    As a side question, do you get any beeps when the system POSTs?
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  7.    14 May 2017 #17
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  8.    14 May 2017 #18

    There is the pic. The screw hit somewhere around there. No, I get no beeps (would have mentioned it if I did, but I appreciate the question). Thanks for wanting to help me, and once again I apologize for the late replies... Could you take a look at the pins in the socket? They look messy to me now that I took a close look at them, and to me they kinda look different to the ones I see on Google Images, but I have zero experience regarding CPU pins, so I would like you to tell me if that is the problem.
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  9. axe0's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       15 May 2017 #19

    Could you make a sharper picture of the socket? When zooming I can't see it clearly.

    I'm not entirely sure, but I don't think it would cause issues if a screw would be dropped around that place.
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  10.    15 May 2017 #20

    I have been trying to upload a sharper picture since last night, and for some reason it just won't let me. Is there a limit per day or something like that? Anyway, I will keep trying, but if it still doesn't work, I will go back home (in few hours) and I will try from my laptop. Thanks for your patience and for your will to help me.
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