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DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION during install

  1. #1


    Philadelphia
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION during install


    I see a lot of examples of this error message being posted, and it seems they are all after the install, once the system has been up and running.

    I'm getting it during my install process, so I can't blame other software or even drivers. I have a new build that will install Windows 7 perfectly fine. Only the motherboard and HSF are new, all the rest are known working parts. Windows 7's install completed, accepted software installs, ran benchmarks, etc.

    I tried installing Windows 8 from three sources that are known to work. A real upgrade disc from Microsoft, a downloaded .iso from TechNet that works fine, and a USB flash drive made from the same .iso image. All three sources have been used on other systems. Each time, I can format the drive in DISKPART, and get through the initial part of explanding files. Then, it prompts me to restart. The countdown occurs, and I get a long pause, roughly 30 seconds, and then a message that an error occurred. It says to look online for DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION, and upon restart, I'm told that errors occurred and I have to restart the install.

    I'm completely at a loss for what to try here.

    Intel i7-2600 (stock)
    16 GB Patriot Viper 3 memory
    Intel DZ77GA-70K
    Crucial M4 256 MB SSD
    Nvidia GTX 470

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  2. #2


    look for a firmware update for your SSD...
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  3. #3


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Forgot that detail. I have the latest firmware update for my SSD, and the latest BIOS loaded for my mobo. Did this before installing Windows 7, which went on without issue.
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    must be a corrupt driver...just for funsies,...go to pcpitstop.com and run the Overdrive free scan...
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  5. #5


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I have no drivers loaded. This is during a clean install.
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    seems the only thing in common with all three attempts is the hard drive...
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  7. #7


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I have other SSDs to try, but it seems very strange that the drive accepts Windows 7 without issue, yet it won't even finish a Windows 8 install. I had the drive, with updated firmware, in my previous system running for months without any problems, too.
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