M Megalith New member Joined Dec 5, 2012 Posts 4 Dec 5, 2012 #1 Hi, all. I have a newly built Windows 8 system (Professional, 64-bit) that seems to hang from time to time when the system is in the process of restarting. It's even happened during the OS installation process. Based on my testing with different BIOS settings, the BSODs happen much less frequently when I'm running in IDE mode. In AHCI mode, the system tends to BSOD when I run something that involves analyzing or scanning the configuration of my drives in some way, such as SSD software or system information programs (Speccy). Even refreshing my drives on the Windows 8 installation menu would hang the system. I've tried using Intel's AHCI drivers instead of Microsoft's, but they make things much worse (random system freezes). Again, I encounter most of these problems when I'm running in AHCI mode, but since I've had a BSOD here and there even in IDE mode, I'm trying to get to the bottom of it. I will be posting the required files for analysis when I get home, but I remember that Blue Screen View revealed the offending driver to be hal.dll, and that ntoskrnl.exe is also involved. The stop code is 0x0000013. Two other things I'll note is that the BSODs seem to happen only after my system has been running for some time. For example, I had an installation program for some drivers that I was trying to run, but it would freeze my system unless I ran it shortly after Windows loaded up. The system also seems to restart and shut down faster if I do so shortly after logging in. The other thing, which might not be related, is that my network connection will die at times for no reason and fail to restore unless I restart the system. I thought it might be related to sustained usage of high bandwidth, but it happened last night when the most intensive thing going on was playback of a Flash movie. And, when I went to restart the system, it ended up hanging and going into a BSOD. I'm praying that it isn't a hardware issue, but it seems like it might be, since I've had problems as early as the Windows 8 installation process.