PC locks up forces restart, drivers updated, fresh windows 10 install, BSOD errors (PFNLISTCorrupt, Page Fault nonpaged area)

Ok, let me start by saying I work in IT and I thought I had seen everything before I ran into this problem that I can not solve for the life of me. I will start with my PC specs and then go into problem detail:

custom built:
GPU- GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
CPU- i5-3350P Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 69W Quad-Core
PSU- 650W ATX 12v Crossfire
SSD (OS and programs)- Sandisk 240GB
HDD - Seagate SV35 series 500GB 7200rpm 16mb cache
RAM- 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 SDRAM
MOBO- Intel DH77EB LGA 1155

Problem:
This all started when I upgraded from my HDD to SSD. About once a month or so I would get a random BSOD with my HDD and I noticed that it was starting to slow down as this PC is about four years old so I figured I would invest in an SSD since I was going to have to reinstall windows most likely to get rid of the BSOD's on my HDD. So I bought a new SSD and reinstalled a clean version of windows. In the process of doing all this I decided to upgrade my BIOS firmware (mainly because it wasn't recognizing my keyboard before windows splash screen) which fixed that problem. After everything was installed and all my programs were back on the clean install about two or three times a day, at no specific time or specific program open, my PC would freeze and lock up completely. my keyboard and mouse were unresponsive and I would hear the last second of sound repeated in my headphones very loudly. the monitors displayed the last image right before the freeze happened. The only way to fix the problem was to do a hard reboot. Let me also say that while my PC is running everything seems to be working smoothly. I don't see any lag or any issues running multiple programs. Runs fine.

Along with those type of freezes that happen two or three times a day. I also get BSOD's about once every other day. Seems to be a different error message with each one. A couple of the error message I have received before are "PFN LIST CORRUPT" and "PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA". Based on my research both of those are related to my page file.

Steps taken to resolve with no success:
- Some research has mentioned that freezing is usually caused my bad drivers. So, I went to the device manager and made sure everything was updated. I had no yellow squares telling me any drivers were having any issues but I still went through and "update using the internet to search" on every single device. A couple found updates but nothing out of the ordinary.

-Returned my SSD and replaced it with a new one. When this all started I just assumed I had received a bad SSD but after replacing it with a new one the same problems are happening.

-Based on my research those BSOD errors listed above are related to my page file. Since I have 16GB of ram and never reach that limit I tried disabling the page file. Didn't fix the issue.

-cleaned the entire PC of dust with an air can. Overheating was never a problem as this was custom built and it has more fans then I can count and is located in an open area. Also, I installed some programs to check the heat of components (MSI Afterburner) and everything seemed to be running normal

-checked the event viewer. there are no error messages related to when my PC freezes. The only error message at the time of the freeze are telling me the machine shut down unexpectedly. nothing out of the ordinary.

-Ran the Memtest under Administrative Tools. No errors.

-Ran Memtest86 for 8 passes. No errors.

Conculsion:
I have not yet replaced any hardware but that is the only next logical step in my mind. But that is part of why I am posting here. To see if there are any other suggestions before I start doing that. I don't even know what parts to replace first because it could literally be any of them and with my luck I would replace every part in my PC before I found the one causing the problem which I DO NOT want to do. I'd rather just build a new PC.

The freezes can happen anywhere from once an hour to right back to back. Yesterday my PC ran for 12 hours straight with no freezes but today I have had 4 freezes in 4 hours.

Any suggestions would help. Thanks.
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  1. The windows memory diag program isnt that good. Its not thorough

    Get memtest from here either burn the ISO or create a bootable flash drive then boot from it

    If any errors come up replace the ram. Test one stick at a time.

    If there are errors, you'll know which stick is faulty

    The PFN_LIST_Corrupt stop error usually points to faulty ram
  2. Your error is almost certainly due to the faulty SATA controller that shipped with some motherboards from that era .

    There was a recall and many boards were replaced under warranty .

    The fix is to replace the mb , but you may also be able to run my swapping to a slower or faster SATA port on the board
  3. Outlander_04 said:
    Your error is almost certainly due to the faulty SATA controller that shipped with some motherboards from that era .

    There was a recall and many boards were replaced under warranty .

    The fix is to replace the mb , but you may also be able to run my swapping to a slower or faster SATA port on the board



    I have tried multiple sata ports on the motherboard. It also works fine with the HDD so that is not the problem. Sorry I didn't include that as part of the resolution steps I have taken in the original post.
  4. Paul NZ said:
    The windows memory diag program isnt that good. Its not thorough

    Get memtest from here either burn the ISO or create a bootable flash drive then boot from it

    If any errors come up replace the ram. Test one stick at a time.

    If there are errors, you'll know which stick is faulty

    The PFN_LIST_Corrupt stop error usually points to faulty ram



    I will try this out and let you know what results I get. Thanks for the help.
  5. FredWrex said:
    Outlander_04 said:
    Your error is almost certainly due to the faulty SATA controller that shipped with some motherboards from that era .

    There was a recall and many boards were replaced under warranty .

    The fix is to replace the mb , but you may also be able to run my swapping to a slower or faster SATA port on the board



    I have tried multiple sata ports on the motherboard. It also works fine with the HDD so that is not the problem. Sorry I didn't include that as part of the resolution steps I have taken in the original post.



    The higher transfer speeds of the SSD my be causing the fault , while the slower speeds of the hard drive do not because the controller is not stressed as much
  6. Outlander_04 said:
    FredWrex said:
    Outlander_04 said:
    Your error is almost certainly due to the faulty SATA controller that shipped with some motherboards from that era .

    There was a recall and many boards were replaced under warranty .

    The fix is to replace the mb , but you may also be able to run my swapping to a slower or faster SATA port on the board



    I have tried multiple sata ports on the motherboard. It also works fine with the HDD so that is not the problem. Sorry I didn't include that as part of the resolution steps I have taken in the original post.



    The higher transfer speeds of the SSD my be causing the fault , while the slower speeds of the hard drive do not because the controller is not stressed as much



    That is possible. I tried the SSD on a 3.0 port and a 6.0 port and still getting the freezes on both. Like I said though, I just want to try everything else that is possible before I start replacing the parts. But yes, I suspect the mobo is the problem. It would be the first thing I replace.
  7. Paul NZ said:
    The windows memory diag program isnt that good. Its not thorough

    Get memtest from here either burn the ISO or create a bootable flash drive then boot from it

    If any errors come up replace the ram. Test one stick at a time.

    If there are errors, you'll know which stick is faulty

    The PFN_LIST_Corrupt stop error usually points to faulty ram



    Ran Memtest86+ and came back with no errors. I only did one pass. I ran it on all four sticks of memory just to see if there were any errors at all. If it came back with any I would have ran them one at a time to find the faulty stick.

    Sidenote: the CPU was running between 39C-44C while memtest was running. I assume that's pretty normal.
  8. It needs to run longer than 1 pass
  9. Paul NZ said:
    It needs to run longer than 1 pass


    Ok I will try that later. It was taking a while to run. But that BSOD isn't my main problem I have only gotten the PFN List Corrupt one time. My main concern is the freezes that force restarts. As I said, the BSOD's don't happen that often. Any suggestions on what could cause the freezing issue? Could the RAM cause PC freezes as well?
  10. Cant tell you until you test each stick for a few hrs whether the ram is causing it. But its probably one of the causes
  11. Paul NZ said:
    Cant tell you until you test each stick for a few hrs whether the ram is causing it. But its probably one of the causes


    I let memtest run all night. It did 8 passes with no errors. Any other ideas?
  12. UPDATE on original Post: Another BSOD this time with the error message "Kernel Security Check Failure". I am starting to think that my hardware is too old for Windows 10 and the OS is the cause. It seems to be some sort of driver error but I don't know where else to check since they are all updated. I have read that other people are having this issue. Sadly I don't have the product key or CD for windows 7 so I can't revert back.
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