I have a fairly beefy desktop - even though it's over four year old now. AMD Phenom II X4 940 on a Gigabyte MA78GM-US2H motherboard with 8GB RAM. I upgraded the system drive to an Intel 520 SSD and now use a very recently purchased 2GB Seagate mechanical drive for storage. I'm running Win8 64bit.
I'm getting recurring crashes which manifest themselves in a variety of ways:
- Mostly, within a short time of boot the machine simply restarts itself (sometimes I get a minidump and sometimes I don't)
- Occasionally it just goes blank or freezes in the app, or freezes with a crazy raster pattern
- Even less frequently it does the polite Win8 blue screen with the 'Windows has encountered a problem' and there's a an error message there but it's blurry and goes by too fast (something about ACLs though...)
Once it gets past these problems it's very stable (i.e. runs for days if you don't reboot). The Event Viewer gives the same description for all the crashes i.e. the very unspecific Event ID 41 with the helpful:
"The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly."
Today I got three in a row and with the actual Win 8 blue screen (minidumps attached). I don't read minidumps (I'd love to spend time figuring it out, but I'm supposed to be a writer and should get on with that...)
Prior to October 26 I was running dual boot Win7 and the Win 8 preview (off two different system SSDs). Now it's just Win 8 RTM, BUT I did the upgrade from Win7 and didn't reformat (the upgrade is so smooth and keeps all the settings wonderfully).
Back at my dual boot stage I messed with BIOS and IDE versus AHCI, etc. in order to be able to reset SSDs and get them working. (I'm pretty sure it's now in AHCI mode). I also flashed the BIOS prior to the final Win 8 upgrade.
Any help interpreting the minidumps much appreciated. My sense is that it's more to do with BIOS and drivers than Win8 and was probably lurking in my Win7 config too. One final possible clue is that I sometimes get that 'AMD Data Change...Update New Data to DMI' message on boot and sometimes I don't...