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DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION Blue Screen of Death

  1. #1


    Belgium
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 CP x64

    DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION Blue Screen of Death


    Hi all,

    While installing Windows 8CP I also flashed a modded BIOS and added a second HDD to my laptop. Now I find myself unable to find where this BSoD is coming from. I first thought it was the HDD, I swapped another HDD in my laptop and the BSoD is still there. (+The previous HDD is now working fine in another system).
    Another thing I tried is resetting the BIOS to it's default values. I also tried downgrading the IGP drivers back to the stock ones from Win8CP but the BSoD's still occur.

    Here's how it usually happens.
    -Mouse pointer becomes very slow to almost unresponsive.
    -Screen might go black giving a message about the Intel Video driver crashing and being restarted.
    -In event viewer I get what google says is problems with my WiFi card (Intel 6300).
    -Also in event viewer I get write problems to one of my HDD's.

    Sometimes the laptop can be stable for >24hours like today, and sometimes it crashes after 5 minutes or instantly after bootup.

    I'll attach 8 minidumps here. Have fun hunting for the bad driver (as I think that's the problem)!

    If more information is needed, please ask.

    ~Aeny
    Last edited by Aeny; 11 Mar 2012 at 11:27. Reason: Added minidumps, fixed typo's, added more info, updated system specs.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,851
    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    Hi,

    Please visit Intel.com and let it scan to update your system:

    HECIx64 HECIx64.sys Thu Sep 17 15:54:16 2009
    IntcDAud IntcDAud.sys Fri Oct 15 04:28:17 2010
    igdkmd64 igdkmd64.sys Fri Feb 11 14:16:32 2011

    There are failures in your storage drivers but they are new. I think VirtualBox caused them just by being installed, so you should uninstall that to test.
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  3. #3


    Belgium
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 CP x64


    Correct, I can say that yes: I have vbox installed. and yes, the crash does mostly happen when vbox is running. I'll do that scan thing from Intel and report back (Although I thought I had updated all my drivers to the lastest ones). Did you check all or just a few of those dumps? I still suspect the other disks is going bad.

    Thanks for the fast reply by the way.

    ~Aeny
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,851
    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    You're welcome.

    You can run this command on any disk you want, to see how it is and/or fix it:

    chkdsk /r X:

    where x is its drive letter.

    I checked the latest few which is all that's needed. My opinion is that VirtualBox is the cause. It's more of a gut feeling than anything.
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  5. #5


    Belgium
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 CP x64


    HECIx64 HECIx64.sys Thu Sep 17 15:54:16 2009 --> No newer driver available for my chipset.
    IntcDAud IntcDAud.sys Fri Oct 15 04:28:17 2010 --> Updated
    igdkmd64 igdkmd64.sys Fri Feb 11 14:16:32 2011 --> Updated

    BSoD's still not resolved. Any recommendation now how I solve this when VirtualBox is the cause? I'd uninstall it but I need it for school.

    The first thing I tried was chkdsk with all sorts of flags, it found bad clusters, but that might have been due to the BSoD (my vhd on the drive got corrupted too, a lot of work lost).

    ~Aeny
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  6. #6


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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    Uninstalling VirtualBox is the only way. Its drivers are loaded with Windows and that needs to be alleviated.

    This is IF it is the cause. I really believe it is.

    The rest is up to you to decide.
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  7. #7


    Belgium
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 CP x64


    I'll uninstall VirtualBox, reboot the laptop in 5 minutes and then it's basically gonna run untill it BSoD's again. It has to sleep every now and then to move to school and back, and between lessons. I think I can miss VirtualBox untill friday. I'll keep this thread updated.

    Thanks for the help.

    ~Aeny
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  8. #8


    Posts : 1,851
    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    Yes, please update the thread with the results.

    This way, we can automatically know if VirtualBox is incompatible with Windows 8 or not and proceed to help others in the correct manner should it ever be seen in crash dumps again in the future.

    Good luck!
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  9. #9


    Belgium
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 CP x64


    So my 1564 has been running for 1day 7hours 51minutes and 59seconds now without any BSoD or other previously mentioned symptoms. (see screenshot as proof of uptime).

    Attachment 4336

    So, can we conclude that VirtualBox and Windows 8 don't like eachother? Or do I need to run longer?

    EDIT:
    while I was posting this post I was getting one of the symptoms, I guess I'll keep her running until she BSoD's again.
    In event viewer I get: The IO operation at logical block address 6009d0 for Disk 1 was retried. (twice) Disk1 was just scanned with chkdsk /r a few hours ago and came back clean.

    ~Aeny
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,851
    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    Excellent. Thank you for the update.

    My conclusion is that it seems highly likely that issues are solved. And yes, longer is always better but seems extremely promising so far with your report.

    Thanks!
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