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BSOD DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION all the time. Can't boot.

  1. #11


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    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    I have a few ideas in mind. I'll let them marinate for the moment.

    First, I'd like you to try something if possible.

    Can you boot into safe mode, open an elevated command prompt and then run this command until completion?

    sfc /scannow

    When done, it should say if it fixed stuff or not. I'm just curious for now if it indeed does fix stuff or says everything was already well.

    Let me know...

    You're welcome.

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit


    Oh didn't see there was a new post because of the second page. Sorry for that. But nope, I can't manage to get in safe mode. It's stuck before I can even choose that. But I got tired of it, so I plugged my laptop HDD back into my desktop and formatted my laptop's C drive. After that I made a DVD with windows 8.1 on it since booting from USB didn't work. Unfortunately, it also crashes if I try to install it with the DVD. -.- So yeah, my last option before returning it to the store, is plugging my laptop HDD back into my desktop and try to install windows 8.1 on it via my desktop. Don't know if that will work though. But I'll let you know.
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  3. #13


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    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    No, that is never the way to go about it. Windows needs and uses a wide range of drivers specific to each motherboard. That method is just asking for more trouble than its worth. (It's not impossible to work. Windows makes corrections after a spout of bsods from doing that - but it is just a true headache waiting to happen, no matter how successful the end result.)

    I would check that the laptop bios is set to Optimized Defaults, then save. Before doing that, you might even see if you can update the firmware somehow, like by booting to a USB key or something. (Should not be necessary, but just a step in the right direction is all.) Then simply try installing Windows.

    If there is an issue installing Windows like that, return the machine for a new one.
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit


    Well it was the last option I could do to be honost. And it worked, I could boot the laptop the first time without any problems. It configured the hardware automatically and I was able to log in etc. So I was like, nice! But then after installing windows updates and rebooting, same problem occured again: it's stuck on the same screen I posted at the start of this thread... Sigh.

    Bios is set to optimized defaults btw. And already tried updating the bios once, didn't fix it either. So I guess the only option left is to return it.. Out of warranty though. But hopefully they'll do something about since it's still the same problem as when I returned it the first couple of times while it was still in warranty.

    Will keep you posted.
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