My son has a brand new PC. ASUS motherbord Z170 Pro Gaming, Kingston RAM (2 x 8 GB), SSD 250 GB harddrive, Nvidia video card with 4GB on-board memory. The only thing carried over from the old PC is the old spinning harddrive as a number 2 harddisk.
The PC is just 4 days old. It was working perfectly: No errors, no hick-ups, no lacking and booted with express speed thanks to the SSD. There was a big smile from ear to ear on my sons face.
He played Mass Effect on the PC for 3 days (not 24 hours a day though) but on the 4th day it crashed in a big way with an error message that I never saw before. Any attempt to just restart the PC immidiately gave a multitude of different blue screen crashes either in the middle of a boot or a few seconds after login into Windows 10.
It was not possible to have the OS run long enough to even try launching a memory check or anything else before it just crashed again. Of course we started to look through blogs and debates on the net and most of them talks about driver problems where a driver tries to write into an address in the memory where it is not allowed to. However, we have not installed any new stuff or updated anything. It is a brand new PC. You could say yes we installed and updated everything on it given the fact that it is brand new.
How is it possible to run it for 3 days with no problem and then from out of nowhere it just decides to keep on crashing?
We eventually decided to reinstall Windows 10.
First we tried to boot from the install media and choose to repair -> crashes with blue screen and restarts endlessly
Then we removed the NVidia card (a huge "brick" I might add) from the motherboard and just run on the build in video card on the motherboard and tried repair again -> crashes with blue screen
Then we removed one of memory block from from the RAM-sockets and tried again to boot and/or repair -> crashes with blue screen
Then we swapped the one memory block in the machine with the one memory block we removed before and tried again -> crashes with blue screen
Then we disconnected the old secondary harddisk. That did not help either -> crashes with blue screen.
Then we swapped cable connection to the SSD to try another SATA3 port -> still crashes with blue screen.
Then we took out the wi-fi net card and booted again -> crases with blue screen.
Then I disabled the on-board sound card in the BIOS and tried again -> still crashes.
At this point we were getting desperate. We put the video card back into the machine and the wi-fi net card also because it obviously maked no difference. We started completely from scratch.
We booted the machine from install media and started the installation from scratch. We deleted every partition on the SSD harddisk and created new ones and continued the installation. It fetches allt he files and the installation seems to run fine. When the files are transferred the installation will say that it needs to restart to configure Windows. It counts down from 10 itself and restarts. It all looks fine that far.
At restart it says it will start to configure the OS but it seldom reaches even half a minute into the configuration before it crashes with an info-box-warning that says the installation could not continue. It does not say why not. There is just an OK-button and all we can do is hit ENTER to press that button. Then it restarts and we are back to the now wellknown dead-end circle of reboot and crashes with blue screen.
So actually we are at a point were we cannot even install a Windows 10 from scratch. If this is a driver problem then were exactly is there a driver that can cause this issue?
I also tried to disconnect the SSD and just connect the old spinning harddisk as primary harddisk and tried to install Windows 10 on that instead but it gives the same result.
What can I do?