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Windows 7: BSOD : My computer does not seem to like Source games, especially HL2


12 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
BSOD : My computer does not seem to like Source games, especially HL2

My computer gives me BSODs after an amount of time every time I run Half-Life 2. It usually runs fine with Team Fortress 2 (even though even TF2 gives it occasional BSODs) but Half-Life 2 appears to be problematic.

I'm providing a text file of all the BSODs over the past roughly 24-48 hours or so. I got them all using BlueScreen View.

If anyone starts telling me to get rid of overclocking, please don't. I already removed EVGA Precision X from my computer and as for the processor - that was hardware overclocked by Origin ages ago and I don't have enough know-how to undo that, nor should I because I paid for my overclocking. If it comes down to be that then I guess I'll just have to not play Half-Life 2, which sucks, but it and sometimes Portal are the ONLY games that this happens so often on. Non-Source engine games never have the issues at all, I really don't get it.

Whether this issue does get fixed or not, I'll be sending my computer into Origin for getting looked at and cleaned up when I return to the US. Right now I'm in China and because of Origin not being a very big company they don't exist here - hence why I can't get any professional support here.

Thanks!
- Alex

System Details :

Manufacturer : Origin
Model : EON 17S (laptop) (from August 2011)
OS : Windows 7 Ultimate x64
CPU : Intel i7 Extreme 2920XM (4.1 ~ 4.8Ghz Turbo Mode)
GPU : Overclocked 2GB NVIDIA 580M GTX
Memory : 16GB Kingston Hyper-X Dual Channel DDR3 @ 1600Mhz
Storage : OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB
Storage 2 : 750GB 7,200RPM Hard Drive
WLAN : Intel Centrino Avanced-N 6230

Also note, my ethernet port is broken. Somehow it came loose from the motherboard. Will get that fixed later.

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12 Sep 2012   #2

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12 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Alright, well here's the .zip file.

Though I'm not sure if it's giving you guys all the BSODs or just the most recent one. When running the game, it gives me all kinds of different BSODs at different addresses.
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12 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Updated my specs in my profile - hope that helps.

Any input?
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12 Sep 2012   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

Hello Alexander and welcome to Sevenforums.

BSOD ANALYSE

Problem Device(s)

Problem devices can be found in your Device Manager. Search Device Manager in Start, and look for . Note that if the warning sign isn't there, select View on the top of the window, and end with Show hidden devices.

Code:
IOCBIOS    ROOT\LEGACY_IOCBIOS\0000    This device is not present, is not working properly, or does not have all its drivers installed.
I do not know what device this belongs to, but maybe you have more knowledge on it. Nevertheless you can disable it or update its driver.

Have you tried to reinstall that game? As far as I'm concerned, your crash dump indicated that wrong data came in the line.

Different culprits pointed towards your NVIDIA Graphics Driver. Driver Sweeper will ensure that you'd have a clean install at the end of the procedure, and by that no leftover files that'd bork the system.

* Make your way to Nvidia Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers and download the latest driver for your card, save it to your desktop for instance.
* Uninstall the Graphic driver you currently have and all its extensions (do not reboot yet)
* Download Driver Sweeper
* Get to safe mode (without network) and search for Driver Sweeper in your
* Select all the Nvidia components and analyse them
* Clean them, head into Windows without internet and install the driver you downloaded previously


Code:
STACK_TEXT:  
fffff800`00ba1118 fffff800`04084bbe : 00000000`00000000 fffffa80`0f95eb40 fffff800`00ba1890 fffff800`040b8160 : nt!KeBugCheck
fffff800`00ba1120 fffff800`040b7e2d : fffff800`04293770 fffff800`041d02f0 fffff800`0400e000 fffff800`00ba2038 : nt!KiKernelCalloutExceptionHandler+0xe
fffff800`00ba1150 fffff800`040b6c05 : fffff800`041d3ed8 fffff800`00ba11c8 fffff800`00ba2038 fffff800`0400e000 : nt!RtlpExecuteHandlerForException+0xd
fffff800`00ba1180 fffff800`040c7b81 : fffff800`00ba2038 fffff800`00ba1890 fffff800`00000000 fffffa80`00000004 : nt!RtlDispatchException+0x415
fffff800`00ba1860 fffff800`0408c842 : fffff800`00ba2038 fffffa80`10f94390 fffff800`00ba20e0 fffffa80`10f94390 : nt!KiDispatchException+0x135
fffff800`00ba1f00 fffff800`0408b14a : fffffa80`0f81b020 00000000`00000001 fffffa80`0d2c09b0 fffffa80`0fa9ec02 : nt!KiExceptionDispatch+0xc2
fffff800`00ba20e0 fffff880`0f2dbe49 : fffff880`00ec63e0 fffff880`0f282297 00000000`00000000 fffff880`0f484125 : nt!KiGeneralProtectionFault+0x10a
fffff800`00ba2270 fffff880`00ec63e0 : fffff880`0f282297 00000000`00000000 fffff880`0f484125 fffffa80`0d0927c0 : nvlddmkm+0xb4e49
fffff800`00ba2278 fffff880`0f282297 : 00000000`00000000 fffff880`0f484125 fffffa80`0d0927c0 fffff880`0f2db58b : Wdf01000!FxWmiIrpHandler::m_WmiDispatchTable+0x460
fffff800`00ba2280 00000000`00000000 : fffff880`0f484125 fffffa80`0d0927c0 fffff880`0f2db58b fffffa80`103b1330 : nvlddmkm+0x5b297
Best Regards,
Frederik.
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12 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you. I did find that in my device manager. I have no idea what that does, and it says that it's already been stopped. I will ask my manufacturer if they know anything about it before further action as I wouldn't like to remove anything that's meant to be there.

As for NVIDIA, I always keep the drivers up to date. I do this by right-clicking the desktop, going into my NVIDIA panel, and then going to Help >> Updates >> Check For Updates..., and it appears I am up to date. I have done entire system restores of just starting over, reinstalling all the drivers on my computer, only to have these problems recur.

Well, I recently finished Half-Life 2 and in HL2 Episode 1 and 2, they seem to go away. This might be a fault on Valve's end as well :P newer system specs probably haven't been tested very much on their older releases.

If my manufacturer can't figure out what it's for, I might just see what removing it from my system entirely does. I mean, it's broken anyway, right? In that case I don't see any good that could become of it - the existence of a broken driver could only cause problems the way I see it.
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12 Sep 2012   #7

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Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Looking up that device has shown that it's the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility, which would probably be advised that you keep that inactive and disabled (or uninstalled completely if possible).

I checked the Nvidia website and I saw that the latest drivers for your Nvidia GPU is from May 22, but the driver itself that's present on your PC is dated May 15. I'm not entirely sure if that's just because the driver was compiled earlier before it was released in the driver package publicly on the 22, or if we're dealing with a driver that had a new release shortly thereafter. If it's the latter case, then most likely it was because they found a common bug that need critical patching and so a new driver was released ASAP, and that very same bug might be causing your woes. Can you check your Nvidia control panel to see if your driver package is version 301.42 and that it was released on May 22? You did say that it didn't find any new updates, but sometimes it's better to check the website itself just in case.

As for the crashdumps, when I looked at it I was seeing some unusual things, such as memory access violations on what appears to be completely valid memory. If that's the case, then something is wrong with your CPU, motherboard or RAM. I cannot 100% verify this diagnosis as only kernel dumps (MEMORY.DMP in Windows directory) or larger have the data necessary to analyze this.

I personally recommend turning on Driver Verifier and sending us another crash or two just to be sure. If we are dealing with bugged out drivers, then that's more likely to catch it for us. Obviously send us new crashdumps should Driver Verifier cause your system to crash.
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12 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, I was just playing Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and it crashed again.

I'd happily give you ALL the data you need if you tell me how. I'll give you the dump files straight up.

I ran the SF Diagnostic Tool again. Attached is the data.

I am now running the Driver Verification tool. Will edit in an update.

Also, nice job on making your own software and so-forth for all of this. This site is more pro than I thought... I was thinking it was just a generic Win 7 forum, but I've been getting proven otherwise.

Edit : Could you tell me exactly what to do in the Driver Verification tool? So far I'm doing this :

Launch Tool >> Create Standard Settings >>

Automatically select unsigned drivers = "No unsigned drivers have been found."

Automatically select drivers built for older versions of Windows = "No drivers built for older versions have been found."

Automatically select all drivers on this computer = "No settings have been changed".

Edit 2 : I have uninstalled IOCBIOS from my system. Now shutting down. I live in China and it's 1:40AM here now. I will get back with any replies morning my time (like 8:00AM or so).

Thank you very much for your help!

- Alex
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12 Sep 2012   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Just follow the instructions from the article linked and that should get you through. Basically what you're doing is setting up which checks to make active, and which drivers you want to check. Since we aren't able to pinpoint a specific driver, we'll need to check all existing ones, but that does not include Windows drivers, so you'll want to manually select any and all drivers whose corporation is not Microsoft. After that's all set n done, restart the PC. If you get a boot loop afterwards, DV is doing its job and has found an early bug in a driver and is BSODing as a result. You can go into Safe Mode and turn DV back off, and then proceed to provide us the crashdumps.

Oh, and make sure that you are selecting the proper checks, otherwise we'll get false positives. The checks you want are anything except Low Resource Sim and Force Pending I/O Requests. IRP Logging also is worthless in our situation so you can leave that one out as well.
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12 Sep 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hey again, I'm back.

After removing IOCBIOS my system is behaving strangely, just plain slow and awfully hot in fact...even though no intensive programs are being run. My GPU is very hot even though no game is running. My fan behavior also seems to have changed. I also got a new BSOD I've never seen before. I'm uploading it for review now.

Also, the SF Diagnostic Tool was a bit strange this time. It did not display the same alert windows as before...so please tell me if something went wrong.

I also want to tell you that according to the NVIDIA panel my NVIDIA drivers are version 4.4.730.0

I want everyone to remember that my computer has been hardware overclocked. According to Origin my CPU was overclocked "using both Multiplier and Bclock". I really hope that the driver I removed wasn't actually important to the system.

Edit : I am now running the driver verification tool on ALL drivers. Be back soon, hopefully...
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