I am having issues with a two-month old build. The system was stable, then I bought the SSD and put my OS onto it. Now it will sporadically hang (I can move the mouse cursor sometimes, other times not) and wake up after a minute or two, but usually it will hang for about a minute and then crash (BSOD).

The odd thing is I can't just hit the reset switch, because the SSD won't show up in the boot options until I actually turn the machine off and on again.

On top of all this, I am sporadically getting pretty sluggish performance, mainly in the form of unresponsive apps. First one app will stop responding and then slowly all of them will stop responding. Then all I can do is alt-tab and move the mouse.

Event viewer gives me after the BSODs:

Log Name:      System
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power
Date:          31/10/2011 4:29:53 PM
Event ID:      41
Task Category: (63)
Level:         Critical
Keywords:      (2)
User:          SYSTEM
The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly.

I have the following config:

Operating System
        MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1
        Intel Core i7 2600  @ 3.40GHz   57 °C
        Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
        8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 802MHz (11-11-11-28)
        ASUSTeK Computer INC. P8Z68-V (LGA1155) 60 °C
        SMBX2450 (1920x1080@60Hz)
        SyncMaster (1920x1080@60Hz)
        AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series (ASUStek Computer Inc)    52 °C
Hard Drives
        117GB Corsair Force 3 SSD (SATA-SSD)    128 °C
        977GB Seagate ST31000528AS (SATA)   31 °C
        977GB Western Digital WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B1 (SATA)  42 °C
        1954GB Seagate ST32000542AS (SATA)  32 °C
        625GB Western Digital WDC WD6400AAKS-65A7B0 (SATA)  38 °C
        E-MU USB-Audio/MIDI 1.0 Device

This is pretty infuriating. Do you have any ideas? I feel like the SSD is letting me down here, should I send it back and get a new one? To be honest I haven't noticed a significant difference between the SSD and an HDD (though maybe that is the effect of rose-coloured glasses, since this drive has been such a hassle since I installed it).

Thanks for any insight you may be able to provide.


This is a known problem with SSDs with firmware prior to 17th Oct 2011, that have a Sandforce controller.

Answer: Update your SSD firmware.

See this post in particular about the Corsair Force 3 SSD


Also see the answer to this question for more details as to what was going on, the same issue was present on the OCZ Vertex 3 drives.

Vertex 3 with Asus P8P67 Pro (B3) locks up

  • Thanks dude this is awesome. Gonna update right away! :D – eggonlegs Oct 31 '11 at 12:28

Given that this military SSD is designed for -55°C to +125°C, i would look into the 128 °C reported by your system.

  • 1
    there's no onboard sensor on the corsair force - 128 degrees is what is reported if there is no sensor. This is the official word from Corsair support. I was worried about that too! :D – eggonlegs Oct 31 '11 at 12:27

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.