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I have searched pretty extensively for a solution to this issue without resolve, so I was hoping that someone here could help me.

Problem: After having used my new PC since May of this year, I started get this BSOD STOP 0x000000F4 immediately after the Windows loading screen about a week ago. I run a dual boot between Linux and Windows, and Linux runs fine (what I'm typing on now).

To remedy I have tried the following:

  • Clearing CMOS
  • Updating BIOs to latest version
  • Putting RAM in different slots
  • Running memcheck and Windows Memory Check without detectable issue
  • Running full SMART diagnostics on my harddrive to detect any flags that would indicate pre-failure status.
  • Unplugging and plugging back in all SATA connections. The harddrive is correctly in the master SATA controller port.
  • Running Windows 7 Repair; doing system restore
  • Deleting the pagefile.sys file

To be clear, I cannot even get into Safe Mode. Apparently Windows was not configured to create minidumps upon realization of a BSOD, so I have no reasonable debug information to use to diagnose the issue. Even if I did, I'm not aware of any utility I can use on linux to look at windows symbol dumps.

My hardware:

  • ASROCK P67 Extreme Mobo
  • Intel Core i5 2500K
  • Samsung Spinpoint - 1 TB
  • EVGA nVidia Geforce 560 Ti

As I said, I was running on this setup for about six months before this happened. Nothing has changed on either the hardware or software level.

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Have you scanned for malware using a boot cd?...superuser.com/questions/100360/… –  Moab Dec 15 '11 at 2:07

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Try checking your memory speed in BIOS - it could be set to a speed that doesn't match your actual memory. I had this problem with a P67 board. BIOS was setting the speed at 1333 but the memory was 1600. Failing that, try swapping the memory out for a different stick to try and rule out faulty RAM.

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For a dump view utility use Nirsoft Blue Screen Viewer. As for the rest... you have covered good stuff. Any chance you have tried a Windows Repair?

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Yes. Microsoft apparently removed the option to run a repair install in favor of their startup repair tool, which is useless. I cannot view any Minidumps because my computer was never configured to produce them, and I can't figure out how to change this through the Recovery Console. –  SirensOfTitan Dec 15 '11 at 0:13

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