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A Fatal Hardware Error Has Occured. AMD Northbridge.

Question asked by emeraldacid on Mar 26, 2016
Latest reply on Nov 10, 2018 by sarvr1n

So, full admission this is the third time I've had to make a thread for this issue. Past threads have been locked or something similar to prevent replies with no actual solution to the problems, so a lot of this OP will be cut and paste. Anyways, Ever since I built this computer in August last year, I've been having  random and unpredictable computer crashes. They aren't blue screens, but it's still an issue because it forces a reboot to get out of the crash, and that causes issues with other things that I deal with, such as internet caches dumping themselves every time, and graphical settings being reset. The actual error message is:

 

A fatal hardware error has occurred.

 

Component: AMD Northbridge

Error Source: Machine Check Exception

Error Type: HyperTransport Watchdog Timeout Error

Processor APIC ID: 0

System

 

-Provider
[ Name] Microsoft-Windows-WHEA-Logger
[ Guid] {C26C4F3C-3F66-4E99-8F8A-39405CFED220}

 

EventID20
Version0
Level2
Task0
Opcode0
Keywords0x8000000000000000
-TimeCreated

 

[ SystemTime] 2016-03-26T04:14:22.454402600Z
EventRecordID11690
-Correlation

 

[ ActivityID] {6A20B03F-C35F-4F5F-B22A-9A3EA4F54308}
-Execution

 

[ ProcessID] 1464
[ ThreadID] 1924
ChannelSystem
ComputerEmeraldPC
-Security

 

[ UserID] S-1-5-19
-EventData

 

ErrorSource3
ApicId0
MCABank4
MciStat0xfe00000000070f0f
MciAddr0xdf326168
MciMisc0xc00a0fff01000000
ErrorType7
Length928
RawData

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407CF89B7184EB3C41F732CB57131FE6FF5E89C91C54CBA8865ABE14913BB30B747B41587D1010200000000000000000000000000000000000000000000005801

0000C00000000102000001000000ADCC7698B447DB4BB65E16F193C4F3DB000000000000000000000000000000000100000000000000000000000000000000000

0000000000018020000800000000102000000000000B0A03EDC44A19747B95B53FA242B6E1D000000000000000000000000000000000100000000000000000000

0000000000000000000000000098020000080100000102000000000000011D1E8AF94257459C33565E5CC3F7E80000000000000000000000000000000001000000

00000000000000000000000000000000000000007F010000000000000002040000030000200F6000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

000000000000000000000000000000007000000000000000000000000000000200F6000000804000B32983EFFFB8B17000000000000000000000000000000000000

0000000000000000000000000000B3F8F31CB1C5A249AA595EEF92FFA63C03000000000000009E07C0E607000000686132DF00000000000000000000000000000

00000000000000000000000000001000000020000003CD438BA1587D1010000000000000000000000000000000000000000040000000F0F0700000000FE686132

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I've been trying to solve or get help with this for months upon months but nobody seems to know what the actual cause is. Google searches show that this has been a recurring problem for AMD users since Windows Vista, and to this day there is no solution. I've tried multiple suggestions both from users here, as well as many other help related forums, but none have worked. To date, I have tried:

 

Updating Drivers: didn't work (Drivers were already fully updated)

Uninstalling and reinstalling all drivers and chipsets fresh: didn't work.

Removing and re-seating the GPU: didn't work.

Using many different power outlets in case the power was dirty: didn't work.

Cleaned out the entire inside of the machine: didn't work.

Multiple different fan settings and orientations to disperse heat differently: didn't work

Stress tests and mem tests: didn't work. (Everything came back as working fine)

Sfc /scannow, chkdsk c: /F /B /X, DISM /Online /Cleanup-image /RestoreHealth, DISM /Online /Cleanup-image /AnalyzeComponentStore, ran DDU in Safe Mode, none of these worked.

 

The only thing I can even think of left is a Hardware issue, but there have been so many different claims of cause that I wouldn't know where to start. Bad PSU, GPU, CPU, Montherboard, Memory, pretty much everything. What's more, I have zero funds to go about just replacing parts on a whim, so if I'm going to replace a part, I need more info to be certain that I'm fixing the right part. The closest thing to "likely" that I've considered as a purchase is the PSU, since mine runs unusually hot for some undetermined reason (127*C at its recorded hottest, but it's constantly fluctuating between 50-110 on HWMonitor), while the GPU and CPU are running within acceptable temperatures.

 

My machine specs are:

 

Radeon R9 270X GPU

ASRock 980DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard

AMD FX-4350 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor

16G of Memory

600W Power Supply

Windows 8.1

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