Category Archives: Microsoft

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 –

Tpm.sys – Pre Service Pack 2 Revision History for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Small Business Server 2011 (SBS 2011)

Tpm.sys – Pre Service Pack 2 Revision History for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Small Business Server 2011 (SBS 2011)
02-Jun-2014 – 6.1.7601.22707 – Tpm.sys – x64 – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2920188 – Update to add support for TPM 2.0 in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
02-Jun-2014 – 6.1.7601.18491 – Tpm.sys – x64 – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2920188 – Update to add support for TPM 2.0 in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2