BSOD, no new hardware or software changes, Win 7


I started getting the blue screen of death yesterday. Here's the setup:

  • Dell Precision laptop
  • Main hard disk is an SSD
  • No recent hardware or software changes, except I did Windows update yesterday morning.
  • Happens even if no external hardware plugged in
  • Can go an hour or two before it happens
  • There are no recent files in Windows/minidump

When the crash happens the Windows Startup Repair utility runs. If I click details it says: "Root cause found / Boot configuration is corrupt / Partition table repair / Result: failed, Error 0x490"

I'm thinking this might be a startup issue after the crash, and not really a root cause. But it does point to a disk problem, maybe, maybe not.

Can anyone tell me how to diagnose and repair this issue?

Edit, more info:

The blue screen flashed by quickly, but the stop code appeared to be 0x000000F4.

There are only old files in c:\windows\minidump

When it happened, the system got slow, the mouse pointer was replaced by a spinner, the video flashed, slowly application windows disappeared, then finally got the blue screen. This time it happened right after I tried to send an email, so it could be network-related, but I'm still thinking disk problem.

Edit 2

The dump from smartctl for the SSD:

The dump from my second hard disk:

asked on Super User May 1, 2013 by user237815 • edited May 1, 2013 by user237815

4 Answers


Check your windows update history to determine if you have this update installed:

it was issued at the beginning of April, and has since been pulled back by MS due to the BSODs you mention.

Here is the MS support information on the problem:

short answer, remove the KB2823324 update if present.

answered on Super User May 1, 2013 by Frank Thomas

The smartctl output for your SSD tells you what is the problem:

==> WARNING: This drive may hang after 5184 hours of power-on time:,14544.html
See the following web pages for firmware updates:

The first referenced page tells:

Crucial has recently offered a firmware update 0309 for its Crucial m4 SSD series drives. The update is in response to issues brought to Crucial's attention for BSOD occurrences with the SSD, causing the system to require a restart. Based on Crucial's review, the issue was related to a few drives and only affected the system after 5,000 hours of actual "on-time" use. Following the initial reboot, the system then requires subsequent restarts after each additional hour of use.

You have firmware version 0009, which is affected by the problem, and 5674 power-on hours. So you need to go to the Crucial firmware update page, download the firmware updater and install the update (the current version for your model seems to be 070H). It would be best to power off and restart the computer before starting to do this, so that you get a full hour before the next hang (getting a hang during the firmware update might brick your SSD).

answered on Super User May 1, 2013 by Sergey Vlasov

When Windows gets BSOD, it usually will display code. Look for STOP Code when next time your Windows gets BSOD and paste it in your question.

Also this TechNet Post might give you some insight about code and their meaning.

answered on Super User May 1, 2013 by JackLock

What type of SSD is it? I had a very similar issue with an OCZ drive in a dell laptop - had random blue screens and lock ups - turns out the SSD was faulty and had to be RMA'd.

The stop code was related to memory and not storage so it was difficult to find the problem.

answered on Super User May 1, 2013 by leinad13

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