5 months ago
Ok so strange issue. Did a major upgrade recently:
ASRock ATX Motherboard (B450 PRO4) (upgrade) Patriot VIPER 4 Series 3000 MHz 8 GB (upgrade) Ryzen 5 2600 (upgrade) Corsair RM550x (upgrade)
Exisiting: Antec P180 case Samsung 830 SSD series (256 GB) Palit GTX 1070 8GB Coolermaster Hyper EVO 212
Everything worked fine for a few weeks, then windows wouldn't boot correctly and kept going into automatic repair which was unable to fix the issue. Clean installs failed - sometimes I would get to the desktop but system would crash and automatic repair cycle would repeat. Memtest passed (4 passes) without errors.
I replaced the samsung SSD with a new NVME drive (Crucial P1 500 GB) but still didn't work. So after a lot of reading I figured the SATA/M2 controller on the board was faulty. I RMA'd the Mobo for a new one (same model). Install worked perfect and everything seemed fine for about a week and now the same issue has occurred. Each time I try a clean install I consistently get as far as the windows setup (keyboard/account preferences etc.) and then system crashes.
I ran memtest again (booted from USB) for 2 hours and passed without errors....
What to do? I can still RMA the board for a different model entirely.
UPDATE!! So I tried installing windows with the Ethernet cable plugged out and it worked perfectly (stable for hours). A few mins after plugging the Ethernet cable in the system crashes....
So I can only assume the issue it is caused by either a driver update or something is happening when windows activates. My copy of windows 10 is legitimate. Note I see the following during automatic repair: "Automatic repair couldn't repair your PC" Log File: D:\Windows\System32\Logfiles\SRTTrail.txt
Any thoughts on what to do?