Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

various BSOD's appeared suddenly - nvlddmkm.sys ++

  1. #1

    Posts : 12

    various BSOD's appeared suddenly - nvlddmkm.sys ++

    Dear eightforums,

    I recently recieved my new laptop and preceeded to do a clean install of w8.1. There was no OS installed.
    Downloaded windows updates and drivers from the sellers webpage. Installed steam and played several days of hitch-free Metal gear solid V as well as many many hours of WC3. I also played several hours of dolphin emulator, and while playing all these games; no BSOD or similar issues occured. Moved laptop to livingroom and hooked it up to TV screen, launched dolphin emulator and played for 20 minutes; BSOD occurs.

    Ever since the BSOD's now didnt stop, ive done a total clean install on my OS disk, reinstalled updates and drivers. This did not help. I've also checked my power settings to be "performance", nothing to shut down etc. I've checked that both fans are spinning and reseated the ram. I've also tried a manual clean install with expanding the nvlddmkm.sy_ etc. from desktop from a new installer. I've also turned off fast startup. None of what i've tried has helped so far.

    As far as I can recall I did not install any new drivers or firmware right prior to the BSOD's occuring.
    The BSOD's are sometimes accompanied by 12-15 BEEPS(motherboard/bios beeps) and a complete hard shutdown.
    nvlddmkm.sys show up as the culprit in some BSODs, together with VIDEO TDR FAILURE.
    Some watchdog and videodxkernel has also appared, but not after latest reformat/clean OS install.

    Before updating drivers after latest clean install of w8, the beeping and flashing LED's would happen within 5-10 minutes of startup+chrome+downloaddrivers+idling. After drivers and updates completed the problem now only occurs in games etc.

    The only "new thing" ive done around the house is setting up a PowerLine adapter to my room, and im hooked up with a ethernet cable to that. But that cant be related can it?

    hope someone can help me out.


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    Posts : 2,059
    Windows 10 Home/ Windows 10 TP/ Windows 8.1 Pro/ Windows 7 Pro

    Hi steelix,

    Welcome to the 8forums

    I see you have Daemon tools installed
    Daemon tools, Alcohol 120% and Power Archiver Pro uses SCSI Pass Through Direct (SPTD), which is a well known cause for BSOD's.
    Please remove Daemon Tools and run the SPTD pass through remover.

    1. Uninstall Daemon Tools
    2. Download the SPTD standalone installer and follow these steps:
      • Double click the executable to open it
      • Click on the button shown below

    If the button is grayed out, like in the image, there is no more SPTD installation on your system, and you can close the window
    Last edited by axe0; 22 Sep 2015 at 11:36. Reason: Spelling correction
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3

    Posts : 12

    Hi axe0!
    Thanks for the reply.

    I had daemon tools installed previous to the BSOD's appearing in the first place. I did however still uninstall Daemon tools now, and tested with Metal Gear solid V; didnt even manage to see any intro/logo sequences; straight to BSOD video tdr failure nvlddmkm.sys.
    Ive tried with it installed and uninstalled, even tried to play games while getting BSOD on a clean install PC, without this causing the error to stop.

    As i was typing this; the computers fans boosted to maximum and then the beeping started before a hard shut down occured.
    Therefore added new dump log files.

    thanks again!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4

    Posts : 2,059
    Windows 10 Home/ Windows 10 TP/ Windows 8.1 Pro/ Windows 7 Pro

    Please try following
    • Open msconfig
    • Go to the tab services
    • Check 'Hide Microsoft services'
    • Search Nvidia Streamer Service and uncheck it
    • Click apply > ok
    • Reboot if asked
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5

    Posts : 12

    Thanks again for the reply.
    I tried doing as you said.
    I now tested Titan quest and Metal gear solid. Both games with and without daemontools installed. Either way resulted in crashes.
    I also noticed some different type of behaviour this time around:

    During titanquest, the game simply froze and i had to reeboot.
    During metal gear solid, the game triggered a BSOD(video tdr failure nvlddmkm.sys).
    I rebooted, and now metal gear solid was running super slow/low performance. I also noticed windows had not sucessfully started several programs(steam, nvidia control panel etc.)
    I reebooted; stuck for 15 minutes on command line blinking(just black screen DOS-like). Couldnt type.
    I reeboted by holding down the button; bluescreen occured; "system thread exception not handle nvlddmkm.sys" which happened twice
    Next automatic reboot led me to "windows didnt load correctly" and "windows system repair".

    I went in and look at system restore checkpoints. Only to have 1 restore point(i recently clean installed) where it says "Direct X installed". Affected programs to be removed was Titan quest and almost all my drivers. Titan quest is the only game I have installed, metal gear was just discovered from my HDD/NON-OS disk via steam. Is there something iffy about my laptop and directx maybe?

    After looking, but choosing NOT to restore; i exited out of windows repair and booted sucessfully to windows.

    Therefore, stopping the nvidia streamer service did unfortunately not work. It did prompt some "new behaviour" but Im not really sure if its related to the new BSOD's and etc I just recieved.

    Thanks again and hopefully something can be done to fix this problem.

    (added new logs)


    i can also add that ive been idling for 1 hour now in windows watching a movie without any issues.
    I can also add that im not using the newest nvidia driver, as I am a hundred percent sure that the driver im now on ran for many days without any issues prior to these BSOD's started happening. Reverting back to this driver seem to make the laptop more stable, the BSOD's however happen on both this driver and the newest.


    Last edited by steelix; 22 Sep 2015 at 11:39.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6

    Posts : 2,059
    Windows 10 Home/ Windows 10 TP/ Windows 8.1 Pro/ Windows 7 Pro

    Please check your manufacturer for driver updates for your GPU.

    Please monitor the temperature of the GPU when idle and when under load

    Please test your GPU by following the instructions below

    Diagnostic test

    Run Furmark to test your GPU. Furmark tutorial

    Note   Note
    Run Furmark for around 30 minutes

    Your GPU temperatures will rise quickly while Furmark is running. Keep a keen eye on them and abort the test if temperatures rise too high
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7

    Posts : 12

    thanks again.
    I downloaded the manufacturers driver, both for the integrated and the NVIDIA GPU
    Ran Furmark, which after about 7 minutes resulted in a BSOD with the same "video tdr failure".
    I monitored the temperatures and when it got to 85c i forced the fans to full, making it drop to about 82c. I then left it by itself; until it flickered up to 86celcius(the fans hadnt gone full power yet). Then the BSOD occured very very shortly after reaching 86.

    hopefully this might help someone figure out what is going on.

    adding the log again.

    thanks a ton yet again.


    Click image for larger version
    added some events from my bluescreen viewer. Most likely this information is already in the file generated by the tool, however i figured it couldnt hurt. I noticed the time on several of the drivers marked red, they all seem off and different to eachother. could this be an issue? also would upgrading to w10 have the possibility to redeem the issue?
    Last edited by steelix; 23 Sep 2015 at 05:46. Reason: added crashdump pic
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8

    Posts : 2,059
    Windows 10 Home/ Windows 10 TP/ Windows 8.1 Pro/ Windows 7 Pro

    Please clean your fans and the GPU (if needed), let your fans go at full power and do the test again.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9

    Posts : 12

    Quote Originally Posted by axe0 View Post
    Please clean your fans and the GPU (if needed), let your fans go at full power and do the test again.
    Thanks again for your answer
    The laptop is only 20 something days old. I have however opened it up and cleaned it. There was NO dust or anything anywhere by the fans.
    I noticed no difference from before and after. I also checked and both fans appeared to be spinning sufficiently.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10

    Posts : 2,059
    Windows 10 Home/ Windows 10 TP/ Windows 8.1 Pro/ Windows 7 Pro

    Are you using both your GPU's?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
various BSOD's appeared suddenly - nvlddmkm.sys ++

Similar Threads
Thread Forum
postgres user suddenly appeared as new user
Started up my computer with windows 8.1 and a new user named postgres was there. PostgresSQL is on my computer as well and I don't remember installing it. Why did it suddenly appear? Is this something I should remove? How would I do that? It's a relatively new Dell computer.
Software and Apps
So I got BSOD 3 days ago about this and i still cant found the solution to it My screen now got green and pink horizontal lines and small resolution and I hope now that either usasma or Brink saw this post and solve this problem This is my file :
BSOD Crashes and Debugging
Hello guys, I am not a great computer guy, so please forgive my rather amateurish description. This BSOD only started some time about a week ago, which became frustrating despite I am a casual gamer it was probably the busier periods a university student could have and nothing goes better...
BSOD Crashes and Debugging
BSOD when playing bf3 or bf4 nvlddmkm.sys
Hello guys, I'm still new here and i'm trying to find a solution to fix my bsod every time I play bf3 or bf4 I tried expanding nvlddmkm.sy_ to nvlddmkm.sys and copying the file to my drivers folder, I uninstalled the graphics driver ran driver sweeper and reinstalled the graphics driver this is...
BSOD Crashes and Debugging
BSOD (System_Thread_Exception_Not_Handled (nvlddmkm.sys))
Hello guys. I get BSOD when i play the games and try to install samsung usb driver. I searched that issue but i couldn't find a solution but i found out how to reduce it. I downclocked my gpu little. Now it is problem for me. Please help me.
BSOD Crashes and Debugging
I recently bought a new graphics card. I previously had nVidia GE Force 8400 GS 512 MB. Now I got nVidia GT 210 512 MB. The problem is that when I was installing the drivers for the graphics card, suddenly BSOD appeared. The error was : VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE (Nvlddmkm.sys) It did happen with my...
Graphic Cards

Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook