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Fresh Install - Disk Errors and DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8

    Fresh Install - Disk Errors and DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION


    Hello all!

    I am having problems with Windows 8 that SEEM to be stemming from the disk. This is a fresh install on an SSD that previously worked fine. My error log is always full of messages like this: http://i.imgur.com/pxlF2.png before it actually freezes. Any ideas as to what could be causing this? The computer is more or less unusable in this state...

    I have attached the zip with all minidump info.

    Thanks in advance

    Cheers,
    James

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  2. #2


    Fairfield County, CT
    Posts : 348
    Windows 7 SP1


    Welcome
    This appears to be a problem requiring a HotFix. Windows 8 is new and bugs have to be worked out.
    Here is the explanation with a Vista fix
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968675/en-us
    I would contact your supplier and as for additional information and help.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    The supplier is me since it is a homebuilt computer!

    Does the dump show this specifically? The disk errors seem to show up when there is a large amount of I/O activity to my primary drive (the SSD). It seems to crash only when there are a lot of them in a row.

    Since there is no hotfix for what you described, do I just have to wait it out? The system really is unusable as it is right now :/
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  4. #4


    Fairfield County, CT
    Posts : 348
    Windows 7 SP1


    You may actually have a hard drive problem. Go to the website of your HD manufacturer and take the HD test. Report back with the results. That I/O is often caused by HD.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Alright, so I ran a disk check on it overnight - no problems found! The drive is an OCZ Vertex 3, and I believe that it has the newest firmware on it. Again, it seems to only happen when there is a large amount of IO to the drive. I can force the BSOD by copying a large folder (Battlefield 3 program files ~16 GB) to an external drive. Works fine for a while, then the disk errors start appearing in the syslog, followed by a freeze and BSOD a few seconds later...
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  6. #6


    Fairfield County, CT
    Posts : 348
    Windows 7 SP1


    Forget chkdsk, go to the website of your HD manufacturer and check it there. If your computer has a diagnostic test, check from there.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Sorry, not chkdsk, but I used a copy of Geeksquad's MRI tool to check every sector on the disk. OCZ don't offer their own diagnostic tool.
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  8. #8


    Fairfield County, CT
    Posts : 348
    Windows 7 SP1


    Go to event viewer and take notice if an explanation is given for the I/O. I/O means input output error, it usually refers to hardware. It is usually the hard drive, but can be any hardware. Printer, etc.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    The image that was in the OP shows the exact error message: http://i.imgur.com/pxlF2.png
    The events surrounding these are not related in any way to the disk. Note that Disk1 is the SSD where the OS is installed.
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  10. #10


    Fairfield County, CT
    Posts : 348
    Windows 7 SP1


    Did you have any externals connect, CD, DVD or even thumb drive?
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