So you’re overclocking or tweaking your system and you get that ‘dreaded’ blue screen of death; but what does it exactly mean? A BSOD or blue screen of death is essentially what it says on the tin, a blue screen that points to a specific cause or vague one in my cases which has been caused by a fatal error within the operating system. Basically when it can run safely anymore, this is the operating systems protective mechanism kicking in to prevent any potential damage to your files, components and of course, the operating system you’re using…but what do the codes actually mean?
I have compiled a list of most common BSOD codes encountered while overclocking, but if in doubt, please check your motherboards manual…if you haven’t got that, you can usually download them from the relevant product page from the official website of the manufacturer.
Common BSOD Codes when Overclocking – Including what to do to try and mitigate them!
0x101 = increase vcore
0x124 = increase/decrease QPI/VTT first, if not increase/decrease vcore…have to test to see which one it is
on i7 45nm, usually means too little VVT/QPI for the speed of Uncore
on i7 32nm SB, usually means too little vCore
0x0A = unstable RAM/IMC, increase QPI first, if that doesn’t work increase vcore
0x1A = Memory management error. It usually means a bad stick of Ram. Test with Memtest or whatever you prefer. Try raising your Ram voltage
0x1E = increase vcore
0x3B = increase vcore
0x3D = increase vcore
0xD1 = QPI/VTT, increase/decrease as necessary, can also be unstable Ram, raise Ram voltage
0x9C = QPI/VTT most likely, but increasing vcore has helped in some instances
0x50 = RAM timings/Frequency or uncore multi unstable, increase RAM voltage or adjust QPI/VTT, or lower uncore if you’re higher than 2x
0x109 = Not enough or too Much memory voltage
0x116 = Low IOH (NB) voltage, GPU issue (most common when running multi-GPU/overclocking GPU)
0x7E = Corrupted OS file, possibly from overclocking. Run sfc /scannow and chkdsk /r
If the particular code isn’t above, you can visit here for the most comprehensive BSOD list on the internet – http://www.aumha.org/a/stop.php#0x9c
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