I normally don’t write blog posts about hardware. But this particular problem seemed blog-worthy.
The issue was around my wife’s PC. Her PC is almost 5 years old–it still performs incredibly well. That is one of the benefits of building a custom PC.
With her PC still running Windows 7 it was time for an upgrade. I knew I wanted to take her to Windows 8.1. I figured if I was going to do a full reload, why not upgrade to a solid state drive at the same time. Kill two birds with one stone. So I did.
Everything went well enough at first. The BIOS recognized the new drive. I threw in my Windows 8.1 DVD and the OS installed like a charm.
But then I started to encounter peculiar symptoms. The PC would randomly reboot every few hours.
I checked the Event Logs. Sadly, they were devoid of any real clues. Aside from the Unexpected Shutdown messages there was nothing else that would lead me in the right direction.
I quickly found no dumps were being created either. This was not good.
I disabled automatic restart and received the following error the next time it occurred.
Based on my research it seemed this error is fairly generic. To make matters worse the blue screen never got past 0%. [Read more…] about Avoid this pitfall when upgrading to a Solid State Drive