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Windows 7: athrx.sys Atheros wlan card causes BSOD


28 May 2010   #1

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 
athrx.sys Atheros wlan card causes BSOD

For a few days now, I've been getting lots of BSOD's. These are caused by athrx.sys, which is the driver for my Atheros WLAN card. (error=DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL)
I run Windows 7 on an ASUS X59GL.
I've tried to use other drivers(newer, older, from Asus, from Microsoft Update...) but I keep getting the BSOD.
In attachment the latest minidumps.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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28 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome to SF!

Have you tried uninstalling the drivers completely using Driver Sweeper?

These old drivers could stand an update:
Code:
sncduvc.SYS  Mon Dec 29 04:14:26 2008
nvm62x64.sys Fri Oct 17 17:01:06 2008
agrsm64.sys  Mon Nov 10 10:01:35 2008
ASMMAP64.sys Sun Feb 04 14:52:56 2007
ghaio.sys    Mon May 30 05:34:05 2005
sncduvc.SYS  Mon Dec 29 04:14:26 2008
In particular, I am concerned about ghaio.sys. Go here: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Support-

Download the latest Asus PC Probe utility from there.

Now, the next step is a clean install. See this tutorial: Custom Install Windows 7

If that doesn't work, I suspect you may need to buy a new wireless card.

BSOD BUGCHECK SUMMARY
Code:

Built by: 7600.16539.amd64fre.win7_gdr.100226-1909
Debug session time: Thu May 27 17:00:13.866 2010 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 10:01:18.911
BugCheck D1, {fffff980366b5000, 2, 1, fffff88008ce3145}
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for athrx.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for athrx.sys
Probably caused by : athrx.sys ( athrx+83145 )
DEFAULT_BUCKET_ID:  VERIFIER_ENABLED_VISTA_MINIDUMP
BUGCHECK_STR:  0xD1
PROCESS_NAME:  System
จจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจ
Built by: 7600.16539.amd64fre.win7_gdr.100226-1909
Debug session time: Thu May 27 06:50:26.268 2010 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:06:54.312
BugCheck D1, {fffff9801308b000, 2, 1, fffff88004283375}
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for athrx.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for athrx.sys
Probably caused by : athrx.sys ( athrx+81375 )
DEFAULT_BUCKET_ID:  VERIFIER_ENABLED_VISTA_MINIDUMP
BUGCHECK_STR:  0xD1
PROCESS_NAME:  System
จจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจ
Built by: 7600.16539.amd64fre.win7_gdr.100226-1909
Debug session time: Thu May 27 06:42:29.082 2010 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:20:00.127
BugCheck D1, {fffff9801420f000, 2, 1, fffff880044d4375}
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for athrx.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for athrx.sys
Probably caused by : athrx.sys ( athrx+81375 )
DEFAULT_BUCKET_ID:  VERIFIER_ENABLED_VISTA_MINIDUMP
BUGCHECK_STR:  0xD1
PROCESS_NAME:  System
จจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจ
Built by: 7600.16539.amd64fre.win7_gdr.100226-1909
Debug session time: Thu May 27 06:21:03.912 2010 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:20:49.956
BugCheck D1, {fffff9801d095000, 2, 1, fffff88004299375}
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for athrx.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for athrx.sys
Probably caused by : athrx.sys ( athrx+81375 )
DEFAULT_BUCKET_ID:  VERIFIER_ENABLED_VISTA_MINIDUMP
BUGCHECK_STR:  0xD1
PROCESS_NAME:  System
จจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจ
Built by: 7600.16539.amd64fre.win7_gdr.100226-1909
Debug session time: Thu May 27 05:58:35.825 2010 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:05:29.869
BugCheck D1, {fffff980142a1000, 2, 1, fffff880044ee375}
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for athrx.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for athrx.sys
Probably caused by : athrx.sys ( athrx+81375 )
DEFAULT_BUCKET_ID:  VERIFIER_ENABLED_VISTA_MINIDUMP
BUGCHECK_STR:  0xD1
PROCESS_NAME:  System
จจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจ
You may turn Driver Verifier off now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jul 2012   #3

Win7 Pro 64 bit, WinXP Pro 32 bit
 
 

I just started getting the BSOD, it was directly cause by a Windows optional update. The moment the update installed, BSOD. As long as I kept my Atheros wireless adapter turned off, no issue. Turn it on, BSOD. The updates is "Qualcomm Atheros Communications Inc. - Network-Qualcomm Atheros AR5007 802.11b/g WiFi Adapter". There is no KB number or version number shown on the update. The software was released in June 2012, and the update was published July 4th or 5th. A simple fix was to turn off the wireless card before Windows loads and then do a system restore to go back to the previous driver (version 2.0.0.75) and then hide the update. Yes it is an old driver but it works without causing BSODs. BTW, OS is Windows 7 64bit...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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09 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Go to Device manager which you find in properties of computer, then go to network adapters, click with the left button of mouse in the adapter, properties,go to advanced and click in reversing controller.
It happened the same with me, i followed these steps and worked.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It worked for me too. I just rolled back the update, but it is still obnoxious having the update still there. Are there any fixes to this? Or is Microsoft working on a fix for this?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Same thing here, using the optional windows update caused the BSOD (blue screen of death) and the only fix was disable the wireless to finally allow it to boot and then roll back the driver and just hide the update later I guess.

I would expect better from MS than allowing their Windows Update to install something that leads to an instant BSOD on a pretty common laptop. Maybe I'm wrong and its a super rare issue but it seems like a lack of proper testing to me.

EDIT* I wonder if we should create a new post in order to alert the people at MS?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro 64, SP1
 
 
This worked for a laptop I worked on

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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