1.    28 Apr 2017 #1
    Join Date : Apr 2017
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home

    What's going on with my PC?


    Salutations,

    Ya'll might of noticed that I'm new here, so I apologize in advance if this is an inappropriate place to post my question. Anyways, three days ago my computer had been acting erratic. Programs, that I would normally have no problem running, would crash, hang, or not start up at all. The following day, problems escalated. I've experienced a few BSODs caused by system thread handling, or kernel programs (I apologize for the tacky terminologies; I'm not a computer whiz), which I attribute to some corrupted drivers and third-party programs I have installed prior to my predicament (several months prior). The last few BSODs I've encountered were a bit concerning since it was related to ram (memory management).

    I decided to run command prompt and scan system files to validate any system files that may have been compromised. The scan had confirmed my suspicion. Next, I ran Windows Memory Diagnostics. Did a standard run on all modules...twice. Both times, the test had detected hardware problems. Shortly after, I opened up the case, took out all the modules and re-inserted them again just to make sure they were snug in the slots and connected to the mobo. Did one last standard run. Hardware problems detected...I decided to run an extended test overnight wit 15 passes. Unfortunately, the test had stalled during the first pass at 21%. I decided to give it another 30 minutes, to which the bar had not progressed at all, so I did a cold restart and decided to run the test again, but encountered BSOD within minutes of logging in--related to ram. Tried starting up the computer again and got the same result. At this point, I was pretty burned out from work and school and decided to give up my efforts for the day. I started up the computer one last time and allowed it to idle.

    Today, I came home from work to a blue screen. I guess my computer had crashed from idling the day prior? There were several options listed on the screen (e.g. system restore, restart, backup, etc). I just decided to turn off the computer and deal with it later.

    About an hour ago, I had booted my PC back up. I was ready to leave the house to buy some new ram, but then decided to give the ram one last go. I ran Windows Memory Diagnostics twice (standard, 2 passes) and both times nothing came up...strange. Then, I ran command prompt to validate system integrity once again...to my surprise, nothing had come up (contradictory to the first time I did a system scan).

    TLDR: my PC had miraculously fixed itself, but I don't know how.

    I've had this happen to me once before...many months ago. However, the culprit, at that time, was just loosely connected memory modules (I didn't snap them into place).

    Any ideas? I did another system scan a few minutes ago and everything seems to be fine. Perhaps one module had gotten loose? Advice on the matter?
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  2.    28 Apr 2017 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 94
    win10 home

    Have a look at Reliability History and if the red flags only give the option---check for a solution----then RIGHT click on it,then left click on ---view tech details---.This brings up a data page and the ---Bucket ID --- line should tell you the cause.The top two lines;
    problem event name
    code
    give more usable info.
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  3.    29 Apr 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Serbia
    Posts : 10,428
    W10 Insider + Linux

    Windows native RAN testing is not thorough enough, to make sure better run: MemTest86 - Offical Site of the x86 Memory Testing Tool before you make final verdict. Let it run overnight if you can.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

 

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