GPU giving BSOD after forced shutdown


Nov 18, 2015
Hello! I think I just killed my GPU but I'm not absolutely certain. I'm hoping maybe you guys could help me determine if this is more of a software issue then dead hardware. Firstly the shutdown is because I keep putting my fan speeds too low while gaming, causing it to overheat and forcibly shutdown.

The only thing I've tried so far is reinstalling the display drivers from safe mode to no avail. Once installation is done and I restart I'm able to reach the welcome screen. However the screen flickers and shows faint, black scattered lines, then it continues to desktop where it flickers more, is darkened, unresponsive and has missing icons/graphics. This is shortly followed by a BSOD.

Is the graphics card dead? Or could this possibly be something else? Here's the report from BlueScreen viewer. If there's anymore information I can provide let me know.


i5-2500k @ 4.3ghz
Sapphire 7970 3GB
Corsair HX850 PSU
G.skill 8gb DDR3 1600
Crucial M4 256GB SSD

(Sorry I don't see an option to add a file, so I'm posting it here)

Dump File : 071416-13712-01.dmp
Crash Time : 14/07/2016 12:50:53 PM
Bug Check String :
Bug Check Code : 0x00000116
Parameter 1 : fffffa80`07cb4010
Parameter 2 : fffff880`03eacc9c
Parameter 3 : 00000000`00000000
Parameter 4 : 00000000`0000000d
Caused By Driver : dxgkrnl.sys
Caused By Address : dxgkrnl.sys+5d1f0
File Description : DirectX Graphics Kernel
Product Name : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company : Microsoft Corporation
File Version : 6.1.7601.23418 (win7sp1_ldr.160408-2045)
Processor : x64
Crash Address : ntoskrnl.exe+6f400
Stack Address 1 :
Stack Address 2 :
Stack Address 3 :
Computer Name :
Full Path : C:\Windows\Minidump\071416-13712-01.dmp
Processors Count : 4
Major Version : 15
Minor Version : 7601
Dump File Size : 614,080
Dump File Time : 14/07/2016 12:51:40 PM
the error means the graphics hardware failed to respond after a timeout (i think it is 2 seconds by default)
the system tried to get the system to reset the hardware and that also failed to respond.

this could be a failed GPU but you should check for other common causes of this same problem.

I would go into BIOS and reset it to defaults and try to boot again. (removes any bios overclock, rescans hardware and assigns interrupts)
I would also remove any overclocking software.

you might pull your graphics card and look for any charred connectors on the card PCI/e bus and on the supplemental power connectors.
if you find a problem you sometimes can just clean them with a pink pencil eraser and they start working fine again.