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DISCUSSION AT: http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=450046 (continuation from http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=430541)

fix Edit

GenTech Computers had posted an unofficial BIOS update that resolved the BSOD issue on the G51J. (Note this is not the 207 on ASUS' support site). Use the 208 official BIOS which now incorporates the same fix: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/nb/G60JAS208.zip

Please note that either BIOS above should **not** be used on ANY other models - e.g. G51Jx, G60Jx, M60J - even though these models are suffering from the same issue.

what we know Edit

  • this is model-wide, G51J, G51Jx, and M60J
  • common stop code is 0x124/PCI-E (0x04 parameter 2) during one of the affected games below
  • the BSODs are random in timing, but only occur in the affected games
  • reported at the end of october '09, soon after launch (G51J)
  • first unofficial response from asus is "memory timings"
  • second unofficial response from asus is "nvidia problem"
  • third unofficial response is a BIOS fix
  • tech support said to update RealTek driver

affected games
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note to editors: if an affected game on here is already listed, bold it to indicate more than one report.

  • Alien Swarm
  • Allods Online
  • America's Army 3
  • Battlefield 2
  • Battlefield 2 - Project Reality Mod
  • Battlefield : Bad Company 2
  • Borderlands
  • Civilization IV
  • Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare
  • Call of Duty - World at War
  • Call of Duty - Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer
  • Civilization IV
  • Command & Conquer 3
  • Combat Arms
  • Crysis
  • DCS: Blackshark
  • Dragon Age Origins
  • Dragonica Online
  • Dungeons and Dragons online
  • Everquest 2
  • Fallout 3
  • Galactic Civilizations II
  • GTA IV
  • King's Bounty Armored Princess
  • Men of War
  • League of Legends
  • Oblivion IV
  • Rappelz
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Singularity
  • Star Trek Online
  • Team Fortress 2
  • StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
  • The Witcher (Enhanced Edition)
  • Skulltag (Online Doom Client), on exit occasional BSOD
  • Warhammer Online

unaffected games/engines Edit

  • EVE Online
  • Flight Simulator 2004 and FSX (only tried the demo) with Windows 7 (at all time, with this game or any other, be careful with the Power Schemes Setting, choose the "performance" scheme, otherwise GPU fan stops and CPU enters in a "slow" power saving mode... very frustrating! Took me a while to get it...) - Lolic
  • Gratuitous Space Battles
  • Halo 2 for Windows Vista
  • MapleStory
  • Mass Effect
  • Modern Warfare 2 Singleplayer
  • Nascar Racing 2003 Season
  • Source engine (Garrys Mod, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike Source, etc.)
  • Starcraft
  • Tomb Raider Underworld ---> over hours and hours with 3D !! ( on the Asus G51J - not the A1 )
  • Torchlight

what we tried and does not work Edit

  • uninstalling the razer copperhead drivers (source of the 0x8E driver-related BSOD)
  • uninstalling the creative drivers (source of random lockups, usually with Steam)
  • the newest (195.62/195.81) drivers from nvidia
  • the newest power4gear hybrid (1.1.26)
  • running games on win7 under xp compatibility mode
  • updating the BIOS to version 204, 205, 207 or 208
  • clean install of Windows 7 (including 32-bit version)
  • 1333MHz DDR3 RAM
  • disabling AA in games and Nvidia Control Panel
  • locking CPU multi at 12x

what we tried and confirmed working Edit

some speculations as to why this is Edit