Unexpected system crashes and red screen of death (RSOD)

Having recently upgraded my system I kept finding that my computer would unexpectedly restart, games would crash out and after playing almost any game for 15-30 minutes I would get a Red Screen along with buzzing and then the computer would restart.

As with any issue the route cause and resolution might be different for you but I found that disabling XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles) completely resolved my issues.  XMP clocks upthe memory in your system, sometimes above what the manufacturer recommend so this would be classed as overclocking.

Other troubleshooting steps that you could perform if this does not resolve your issue

Check to see if any other components in your system are overclocked (CPU, GPU or Memory).

Check your system and component temperatures and ensure that all fans are running correctly.

Test your Hard Disk Drive using manufacturers or third party diagnostics software.

Test your Memory using manufacturers or third party diagnostics software.

Update the system BIOS

Update drivers (especially Chipset and GPU)

Star Wars X-Wing Alliance PC Game

Here is a collection of useful information when trying to get Star Wars X-Wing Alliance running on your PC

In newer versions of Windows you will need to install or turn on DirectPlay

This can be achieved using the following steps

Step 1

Go to “Control Panel” then “Programs and Features and then click on “Turn Windows features on or off”


Step 2

Expand “Legacy Components” then tick “DirectPlay” then click “Ok”


Realtek HD Audio Driver Revision History – Windows 8.1 x86 – x64 and Windows 10 x86 – x64

Realtek HD Audio Driver Revision History – Windows 8.1 x86/x64 and Windows 10 x86/x64

6.0.1.8447 –
6.0.1.8425 – 17/04/2018
6.0.1.8363 – 30/01/2018
6.0.1.8302 – 14/11/2017
R2.82 – 6.0.1.8186 –
R2.81 – 6.0.1.8036 –
R2.80 – 6.0.1.8004 –
????? – 6.0.1.7910 – 16/08/2016
????? – 6.0.1.7548 – 30/06/2015
R2.79 – 6.0.1.7541 –
R2.78 – 6.0.1.7512 –
R2.77 – 6.0.1.7503 –

PCIe NVMe SSD Slow Write Speed

Having recently purchased a Samsung SM961 PCIe MVMe SSD I was shocked to find that my write speeds were only 350MB/s.  I have the SM961 installed in a Lycom DT-129 PCIe card but I only have a x4 PCIe 2.0 slot on my current motherboard.  When I purchased the SM961 I was aware that my speeds would be impacted by the PCIe 2.0 slot but did not anticipate such poor Write speeds.  With it being an OEM product the SM961 also has no drivers supplied and at the time of writing this article Samsung and no other PC manufacturers appear to have posted optimised drivers.  I was aware that Windows 10 provides native NVMe driver support and expected reasonable performance from them.

Unhappy with the Write speeds I started to experiment and eventually found that if I disable windows write cache buffer flush in Device Manager then my Write speeds jump to just over 800MB/s which I can happily live with.

Here are my findings:

The default setting is for Write caching to be enabled and write-cache buffer flushing to be enabledTurnOnWindowsWriteCachebufferflush ASSSDTurnOnWindowsWriteCachebufferflush

I tested with write caching and write cache buffer flushing disabled

TurnOffWindowsWriteCache ASSSDTurnOffWindowsWriteCache

I then tested with write caching enabled and write-cache buffer flushing disabled.

TurnOffWindowsWriteCachebufferflush ASSSDTurnOffWindowsWriteCachebufferflush

I would be interested to hear for you so please do post your feedback or questions.

Disclaimer: Please ensure that you have and maintain a full backup of all your data before making any changes to your system.  These changes may make your system more susceptible to data loss should a power failure occur whilst your system is in operation.

 

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