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Windows 7: Nvidia network drivers conflict causes Virtual Box issues

04 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
Nvidia network drivers conflict causes Virtual Box issues

I had some serious problems with nVidia network drivers (or so it seams).
Yesterday I decided to restart my system after 5 days of non stop running. After the usual Windows boot logo a black screen appeared for about 1 minute and the only thing visible was the cursor. After that the login screen appeared. I entered the password waited for about 1 minute (in both cases 1 minute is way too much) and then a BSOD popped out with error code 0x000000C5. Since I didn't install anything in the past week I had some trouble finding the source. In the end I realized it was a network issue since it booted up just fine after I unplugged the cable. I plugged in the cable while Windows was running and a few minutes later the same BSDO again, same error code. I tried to uninstall nvidia drivers without luck so I booted up in safe mode and removed all nvidia drivers (nforce & geforce) but again no luck. In the end I finally managed to do a system restore using a system restore created one day earlier by DirectX installation, anyother restore points were corrupted. The weird thing is I didn't install anything but I did uninstall Dark Sector since was unable to detect PhysX. (in fact the installer detected PhysX installed but the game didn't). After the system restore I uninstalled everything related to nvidia and reinstalled Geforce drivers and PhysX. When I tried to upgrade motherboard drivers (since I was running an older version) the same BSOD appeared during the installation. Now here's one of the problems: nforceware drivers don't appear in control panel but nvidia control panel installed with GeForce drivers detects the latest drivers installed. Tried to boot into safe mode to uninstall those drivers again but safe mode boot hangs on classpnp.sys. I forced a reboot and tried to boot into normal mode and disk check pops out saying the file system is corrupted and it cannot perform the check until I do a system restore. Since there weren't enough problems, system restore failed because a disk check action is scheduled and it has to finish first. Done a SFC /SCANNOW on boot using Win7DVD, entered safe mode reinstalled (cable unplugged) nforceware since I thought it was corrupted due to the BSOD and uninstalled it again. After that I managed to normally login and windows installed its own drivers. Again, nvidia control panel and driver check on nvidia website detects the latest nvidia nforceware installed but at least now the system runs just fine and event viewer is clean (almost). But I still have 2 more problems to solve.
In Event Viewer I got about 30-40 identical errors after 2/3 reboots:
"The Network List Service service depends on the Network Location Awareness service which failed to start because of the following error:
The dependency service or group failed to start."
Source: Service Control Manager
Event ID 7001
I noticed this while trying to see if I get anything in EV after booting up normally. However, I restarted the system a few times today and it didn't appear again. I was just hoping someone can tell me what this is. I goggled for this and all I could find were some topics about this and NetBIOS over TCP/IP. Also someone suggested that NetBIOS over TCP/IP is disabled and should be re-enabled but that's it.
Now, after uninstalling nvidia drivers I have a warning in Device Manager under Network Adapters: VirtualBox Bridged Networking Driver Miniport #2 and there is no #1.
Also, VirtualBox connection, under Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections simply disappeared. I tried uninstalling VirtualBox and reinstalling it both, in Safe Mode & normal mode without luck. I also tried uninstalling it from Device Manager and disabling it but it didn't work out.
I also tried adding this entry as suggested on stackoverflow forums without luck:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

Someone else suggested I should delete those 2 keys since this is the only thing it worked for him.
I tried doing so but without luck. I get an Access Denied error in both Normal and Safe Mode. I tried taking ownership over both entries but an unknown error message occurred. Last thing I tried was booting up using the PC Regedit Live CD but it failed since it was unable to detect the video card.
Any ideas?
I am running Windows 7 x64 SP1 Professional system with ASUS Striker II Formula & ASUS GeForce 285GTX.
I will upload the files for BSOD debugging shortly.
OK, I've uploaded the files. Sorry for posting this here but I didn't really know what's the right section for this.

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File Type: txt ntbtlog.txt (528.6 KB, 19 views)
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