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Windows 7: P5Q BSOD on Boot when installing Sound Driver on Win 7 X64

31 Jan 2015   #1
Misterfied

Win 7 X64
 
 
P5Q BSOD on Boot when installing Sound Driver on Win 7 X64

Hi, I'm at my wits end here. Re-installed Win 7 X64 about 20 times now! I'm getting various BSOD's after installing a fresh Win 7 X64 after trying to install sound drivers (and SATA drivers - see below) on a P5Q motherboard.

I've tried different versions of the drivers (Realtek HD Audio) from R271-R285 with no difference at all. Also tried the default Asus ALC drivers.

If I install an Nvidia graphics card driver (with HD Audio driver) same thing too, If I disable the onboard HD Audio and re-boot, I still get the crash!

The weird thing is, that I have been happily using Win 7 X64 for about 2 years prior to this with no problems at all! I just wanted to have a nice clean fresh OS.

The only thing I can think of that could be the cause, is possiby the motherboard is faulty, as at one time the onboard NIC packed up, and disabling it / re-enabling it in the BIOS made no difference. Then suddenly it started working again.

I was also triple booting XP Pro / Win 7 X64 / Win 8.1 X64. The sound drivers on the other 2 OS's work fine, no crashes or anything! I hear no sound problems or any other anomalies when using Win 8.1.

I've subsequently got rid of XP and now just dual boot Win 7 / Win 8.1.

The drive I'm installing Windows 7 X64 on is a Kingston V+220 (SVP200S). It is completely clean, formatted, zeroed, aligned and checked with AS-SSD, which reports its health at 99% and 8 years life left.

I also tried integrating all Windows 7 updates (all 180 of them to Jan 20th 2015) into the Windows 7 ISO (installed by USB btw), it makes no difference.

I know about the ATK0110 file. Installing the 2009 version makes no difference to the blue screens on boot.

I've tried installing sound drivers before AND after using the v9 and v10 Intel chipset .inf installer, with no difference.

I've tried installing in AHCI mode and Enhanced IDE mode. No difference other than BSOD messages. With Enhanced IDE mode I was getting a IRQ less than or Equal 0x0A error. In AHCI mode I'm getting STOP 0x7E error.

To re-iterate. The install goes absolutely fine. I set a system restore point, then install a sound driver and boom - crashes on boot. Do a system restore and all's fine again.

Surely if the motherboard was THAT faulty, Windows 8.1 would crash too?

Can anyone PLEASE help me sort this out as it's driving me crazy and I just don't know what to do next.


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31 Jan 2015   #2
Misterfied

Win 7 X64
 
 

Here is the BSOD screen after installing the official P5Q sound drivers from Asus (R2.55).
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31 Jan 2015   #3
Misterfied

Win 7 X64
 
 

I've just found that I get a STOP 0x7E error after installing the default SATA drivers (IMSM_V8901023) too.

I also tried doing a fresh install on another hard drive (there are 4 altogether including the SSD). It made no difference at all. As soon as the sound drivers were installed - BSOD on boot.
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31 Jan 2015   #4
Laith

Windows 10 Professional x64
 
 

Does the C: drive have enough space?
Try switching the video adapters.
Does the BIOS have the latest update?
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31 Jan 2015   #5
Misterfied

Win 7 X64
 
 

Thanks for the reply Laith.

The C: drives I tried have loads of space - 75GB+.

The BIOS is the latest that Asus made for this motherboard which is v2209. I also flashed an earlier BIOS to see if it made a difference (which it did not). So, I re-flashed the 2209 BIOS. Loaded defaults, then went from there.

I haven't tried changing the graphics card (yet). Do you really think this could be a problem?

Incidentally, I just tried a fresh install of Windows 8.1 Pro and the audio and video drivers install and run absolutely fine!

I just don't understand it. There seems to be some sort of incompatibility with the P45 Chipset and Windows 7 X64, but I also can't understand why it used to work fine until a brand new install?!
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31 Jan 2015   #6
Laith

Windows 10 Professional x64
 
 

Wait so it did fix? But if it is not switch video adapters.
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31 Jan 2015   #7
Misterfied

Win 7 X64
 
 

Nothing is fixed! Windows 7 X64 crashes on reboot after installing SATA or sound drivers.

Was leaving changing the graphics card as a last resort. I have a relatively new card installed (GTX 750 Ti). Luckily I kept my old GTS-250.
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31 Jan 2015   #8
Laith

Windows 10 Professional x64
 
 

Okay, run SeaTools for DOS and Windows.
SeaTools for DOS and Windows - How to Use
After you've done that run Driver Verifier.
Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable
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31 Jan 2015   #9
Misterfied

Win 7 X64
 
 

Hi Laith. What is the point of checking my hard drives when I've installed Windows 7 X64 to both SATA and SSD drives with the same result?

Also, how can I verify the sound drivers from Windows when I can't boot into Windows?!

The only way I can boot into Windows is by doing a system restore to the time BEFORE the drivers were installed.

The exact same sound drivers / SATA drivers work fine on Windows 8.1, so surely they're not at fault and surely not ALL of the Realtek drivers can be faulty?
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31 Jan 2015   #10
Laith

Windows 10 Professional x64
 
 

Thats why i said you should run Driver Verifier. Run Driver Verifier and skip seatools. If Driver Verifier BSODs on startup with the sound driver than it is badly coded or isnt compatible with windows 7.
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