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Various BSODs on Windows 8 Pro

  1. #1


    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64 bit)

    Various BSODs on Windows 8 Pro


    Hi,

    I'm running Windows 8 Pro and I'm getting various BSODs. Sometimes they will occur when Windows boots. Sometimes they will occur at random. I have all the latest Windows updates installed and I'm using the latest drivers for all of my hardware AFAIK.

    My PC was fine up until I did the following: -

    1. I was using an external USB sound card (a Traktor Audio 6) and the on-board sound was disabled in the BIOS. I'm getting rid of the USB sound card, so I unplugged it from my system, re-enabled the on-board sound and installed the latest drivers for it from Realtek (R2.70, dated 22nd June 2012).

    2. I installed the drivers for a Native Instruments Z2 mixer (link to product, HERE) that's connected to my PC via a USB 3.0 port. This only came out last week, so the current drivers for it are the only ones available.

    The first few BSODs I got were all DPC Watchdog Violations. The most recent BSOD was a Quota Underflow. Unfortunately, I inadvertently deleted the dump files for all the BSODs aside from the most recent one which is included in the attached zip file, but I can provide more dump files if and when BSODs occur.

    If someone could tell me the name of the file(s) responsible so I can track down the cause, that would be great.

    Many thanks!

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  2. #2


    Fairfield County, CT
    Posts : 348
    Windows 7 SP1


    Welcome
    You have given use one Mini Dmp (One BSOD report). One report is very rarely sufficient to determine the cause of a BSOD. The next step, at this point, would be to administer a driver verifer to determine which driver is the cause of the problem. You can either take the test or wait for more BSODs (if any) and post, so we can determine if the test is truly appropriate.
    Verifying Drivers: Enable or disable the Driver verifier in Windows 8
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  3. #3


    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64 bit)


    Thanks for the reply.

    I did enable the driver verifier in Windows 8 after making this thread, but after enabling it and rebooting, my PC was painfully slow to use - it was borderline unusable - so I disabled it again. If I get any more BSODs I'll post up the dumps.

    That said, could you perhaps have a look at that dump for me please and let me know which file(s) caused that particular BOSD? I'd like to get some idea if it's related to the sound card drivers I installed last night, or the drivers for this new mixer I just bought.
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  4. #4


    Fairfield County, CT
    Posts : 348
    Windows 7 SP1


    That is a symptome of the Verifier. It puts stress on the drivers to cause the weak ones to BSOD. Again, at this point its your choice. If we continue to get BSODs, and the results are the same, the test will be necessary. I could show you the report, but the results are meaningless. It gives as a cause tcpip.sys. That is a lead driver from Microsoft. The lead drivers often take the blame for a BSOD, when it is actually one of the drivers that it controls.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64 bit)


    Thanks again. After a short burst of BSODs last night, it's been stable ever since I started this thread, but if it happens again I'll come back and post up more info.
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