The ol' Kernel Power issue still going. Help, please for the love of god.


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I'm new to posting here but have sifted these forums for months and read multiple threads here and other forums about this kernel power problem. I've been getting this error since I originally swapped my boot HD from a SATA to an OCZ agility 3 ( yes I've also read their forums and problems with it ) - I'll randomly be working, gaming, watching media and the screen will freeze and I'll have to force a shutdown via power button. It generally happens abot 95% of the time during gaming.

First off I thought it was the drive so I swapped it out for my old SATA and it kept happening ( not as much ) then I tried a new PSU went from a corsair 620 silver series to corsair 850 gold series as my video card used alot of power ( Sapphire HD5970 dual gpu ) this didn't work either. I tried a new card and now have a Sapphire HD7970 which uses way less power but the problem still exsists. Here are some cliffs on things I've tried :

1 : New PSU
2 : New video card
3 : Different hard drives
4 : Upgraded firmware on SSD
5 : Flashed to newest BIOS on motherboard ( Gigabyte X58A-UD3R rev 2.0 ) running FH
6 : Tried disabling HD audio devices ( read on another forum )
7 : Disabled turbo feature in BIOS on CPU ( read on another forum )
8 : Tried disabling HPET and tried running it in 64-bit ( read on another forum )
9 : Changed mouse ( old one got run down )
10 : tried different DVI cable
11 : Tried without HDMI cable from TV into card so it was just single display
12 : Tried lower graphic settings and multiple 3d settings

Sooooo after reading around various people state they have fixed their issues ( not many ) but there are no definitive answers on how to or why this happens. Below is a cut n paste from my most recent crash ( event viewer log ) - any comments, suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated. Does anyone running Windows 8 preview get this issue, does anyone know if it exsists in W8 or older OS's?

Log Name: System
Source: Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power
Date: 9/04/2012 1:45:06 p.m.
Event ID: 41
Task Category: (63)
Level: Critical
Keywords: (2)
Computer: donz-PC
The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="">
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power" Guid="{331C3B3A-2005-44C2-AC5E-77220C37D6B4}" />
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2012-04-09T01:45:06.098811600Z" />
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID="4" ThreadID="8" />
<Security UserID="S-1-5-18" />
<Data Name="BugcheckCode">0</Data>
<Data Name="BugcheckParameter1">0x0</Data>
<Data Name="BugcheckParameter2">0x0</Data>
<Data Name="BugcheckParameter3">0x0</Data>
<Data Name="BugcheckParameter4">0x0</Data>
<Data Name="SleepInProgress">false</Data>
<Data Name="PowerButtonTimestamp">0</Data>

Once more - Hardware :

Dell - U2410
Intel i7 950
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
Corsair PC3-10700H 667 MHz
Sapphire HD7970
Razer Lycosa keyboard
Razer Deathadder Black edition mouse
HDDs : 1x120g OCZ Agility 3 Sata 3 SSD, 3xWD Green 2TB 5,600Rpm drives.
Corsair AX850 PSU



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Microsoft Community Contributor
A Kernel Power problem is normally the result of and not the actual problem.

There does not appear to be a bugcheck code 0

Have you tested your memory? If you look at the BSOD forum, there is a sticky about how to do that and they suggest running the test for an extended period.

Could your system be getting hot?

Have you tried disconnecting the 3 "Green" hard drives for testing?

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