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DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION with 1080p video and various games

  1. #1


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    DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION with 1080p video and various games


    For a decent while now (several months, though I don't remember specifically), my graphics card has been crashing with pixelated graphics. Attached is a picture of what the graphics artifact looks like, though this is just from google. I can post a pic of my own computer once it happens again.

    I have a GTX 470, and when this problem started, I upgraded to the 275ish driver set. It mostly went away at that time, but a month or so later, it came back. It happens the most when I have been playing a game (minecraft or Guild Wars, specifically) on one monitor and watching TV on my other.

    Then the Windows 8 Dev Preview came out. There were few changes, at first, but I updated to the 290 driver set and it mostly went away. I installed the consumer preview somewhere in there, and it stayed fairly stable. Then it happened again a week or so ago, and it happened a lot. I cleaned out my computer with some canned air (took about 1.5 cans because I'd let it get disgustingly dusty) and the problem disappeared again.

    Now I'm running the Guild Wars 2 Beta, and (surprise surprise) it happens again. Now it's just from running the game, even without playing video on my other monitor (before, it would almost never happen unless I was playing video while gaming). It can happen within 5 minutes of loading the game, or after as long as an hour.

    Somewhere in all that, I started running EVGA Precision. It helped a lot, too. I'm still using it (and upgraded to Precision X yesterdayish), but it doesn't make much of a difference now. This doesn't seem related to overheating, because the card doesn't get above 70C-ish.

    tl;dr my games like to look like this v

    Attachment 5898

    I also attached the minidump collected by w8 file collector. Any ideas what's going on here?

    Thanks

    EDIT: It's worth noting that these events aren't necessarily 100% accurate, but get the gist of how they happened.

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    Hi,

    Video driver crashing. To fix -

    Delete these then reboot:

    Code:
    start             end                 module name
    fffff880`0b3db000 fffff880`0b3e2000   WinRing0x64   (deferred)             
        Image path: \??\E:\RealTemp_360\WinRing0x64.sys
        Image name: WinRing0x64.sys
        Timestamp:        Sat Jul 26 09:29:37 2008 (488B26C1)
        CheckSum:         00011908
        ImageSize:        00007000
        Translations:     0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4
    Code:
    2: kd> lmvm MRVW148
    start             end                 module name
    fffff880`04a24000 fffff880`04aa6000   MRVW148    (deferred)             
        Image path: \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\MRVW148.sys
        Image name: MRVW148.sys
        Timestamp:        Wed Aug 20 00:31:38 2008 (48AB9E2A)
        CheckSum:         0007DC6E
        ImageSize:        00082000
        Translations:     0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4
    If you need to replace the second driver shown, install from here:

    Marvell Technology Group Ltd.

    Also delete this driver then reboot:

    Code:
    2: kd> lmvm ctxusbm
    start             end                 module name
    fffff880`02fe1000 fffff880`02ffc000   ctxusbm    (deferred)             
        Image path: \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ctxusbm.sys
        Image name: ctxusbm.sys
        Timestamp:        Mon Sep 07 14:09:28 2009 (4AA54C58)
        CheckSum:         0001B7DB
        ImageSize:        0001B000
        Translations:     0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4
    Enjoy.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview


    Sorry, feeling a bit nubbish. Delete what, exactly? Video card drivers? I can test that if that's what you mean, but I've done clean installs before.

    Thanks for the quick reply.
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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    No, delete the files shown then reboot. While you're at it following the above, also uninstall the overclocking utility:

    RTCore64 RTCore64.sys Wed May 25 02:39:12 2005

    Yup, you're welcome. Have fun gaming...
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    Hm... I'm going to see what happens without uninstalling RTCore64.sys, because that is from EVGA Precision, and it seems unlikely that that would cause an issue. If it does happen again, I'll delete it, and keep this thread updated. With how often it's been happening, I suspect I'll know more by tomorrow.
    Thanks again
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    This isn't a "test" I set up for you and I am also not guessing.

    If you follow everything as shown, the machine will be well. Otherwise, there are no guarantees. With following, there is.

    Sure thing, yep. Very welcome.
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    I removed everything but rtcore, and it still failed. Then I removed rtcore and made sure everything was gone (it wasn't). Now it definitely is all gone. It still fails. I installed an older driver set (295), and it still fails. As far as I can tell, performance hasn't changed during all this.
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    Install this driver to update (latest is best to have instead of reverting):

    Code:
    nvlddmkm nvlddmkm.sys Thu Feb 09 21:02:58 2012
    NVIDIA GeForce 301.24 Beta 64-bit download from Guru3D.com (Edit: Fixed link)

    If there are any crush dumps with this, please post them. Otherwise, excellent job with removing the drivers with issues.

    I would also update the motherboard bios to latest, for good measure, because your drivers are now "clean".

    With a little side note: After bios update, I would temporarily disable virtualization in the bios. This is because you have a driver I have not seen yet (usually not a good sign) and this will disable it for the time being. Now yes, this part is a test, if it becomes necessary after all of the above is completed.

    Yep, almost forgot to mention - set Optimized Defaults in the bios and save, after the bios update. If there is no update, then still set it anyway.
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    Yup, still crashed. Taking it step by step; I'll look into updating BIOS tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blarghedy View Post
    Yup, still crashed. Taking it step by step; I'll look into updating BIOS tomorrow.
    The NVIDIA driver I linked to was not installed well yet. From the latest crash dump:

    nvlddmkm nvlddmkm.sys Thu Feb 09 21:02:58 2012 (4F347AD2)

    ---------

    Yes, it is very important to update bios to latest, set Optimized Defaults in it, and then also (temporarily) disable the virtualization.

    It definitely can not hurt to physically inspect the card for the fan to be working well under load.

    You have a rare type of thing going on, that very much is behaving like a software problem, but we have taken care of that already (minus the NVIDIA change still needed, and the virtualization driver I've never seen before, being disabled from the bios.)

    With following well, we can and will eliminate all possibilities.
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