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Windows 7: RAID Controller causes bluescreens, error BCCode: 51

26 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
 
 
RAID Controller causes bluescreens, error BCCode: 51

Just a quick backstory before I post the details.

I am currently living in Florida, and won't be back at home (Michigan) until the end of March. I built a computer to record TV shows, it's basically just standard hardware ($60 motherboard, some budget RAM sticks, an AMD Radeon 5570 video card, etc), with the Ceton InfiniTV tuner as its main component. Using a CableCARD from my cable service in Michigan, I can record up to 4 shows at once, and essentially use this computer as a giant DVR.

OS-wise, it's running Windows 7 Enterprise x64 with SP1. (Why Enterprise? I'm a TechNet member and have one of those Enterprise keys that can be activated 500 times, so I figured I'd use it for this. Why not, right?) All the TV recording functions are done through Windows Media Center.

Before about a month ago, it just had a couple of 2TB hard drives for storing my recordings. But given that I've had this computer for a couple years, the hard drives would fill up often and I had to keep moving my recordings to another computer. I had an external RAID storage device with about 12TB of combined storage, and stored my stuff on there. Until a few months ago, when I tried to add another hard drive to the array and the entire thing broke on me, due to it being a really cheap external enclosure.

After recovering what I could, I sold off the drives and got myself a set of 8 3TB Western Digital Red drives, as those are specially made for RAID storage. I figured it makes more sense to just store all of the files to the TV-recording machine, as that will ultimately save time in the long run when it comes to moving files around.

So I got myself a RAID card and some hotswap bays (so that my mother can easily swap drives out if they fail, since I won't be home most of the time) and set it all up.

However, ever since, the computer will blue-screen randomly and I can't figure out why.


The actual RAID hardware works fine. It sees all 8 hard drives, Windows shows the driver as working properly, and I can use the MegaRAID software to manage it. I've created a RAID5 array with 21TB, and can copy data to and from it. Using CrystalDiskMark, I can confirm that it has pretty normal read and write speeds for an array of that size.

When it does bluescreen, it gives me a "memory" error. As in, the main cause for that particular error is because of the memory. So I used both the Windows built-in RAM diagnostic, and Memtest x86+, and both of those came back fine with no errors. Considering that it never crashed before adding the RAID hardware, I would assume it has to 3do with the RAID card... but why? The drivers are installed properly and my computer can see the partition fine.

Here's some more info. The most recent bluescreen (Actually, this one shows as a registry error, not memory):
Code:
012613-47517-01.dmp    1/26/2013 3:55:14 PM    REGISTRY_ERROR    0x00000051    00000000`00000001    fffff8a0`0190b010    00000000`31ec7bdb    00000000`00000465    ntoskrnl.exe    ntoskrnl.exe+7efc0    NT Kernel & System    Microsoft® Windows® Operating System    Microsoft Corporation    6.1.7601.17944 (win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333)    x64    ntoskrnl.exe+7efc0                    C:\Windows\Minidump\012613-47517-01.dmp    4    15    7601    275,736
Here's one from the time before last, that shows MEMORY_MANAGEMENT like most of them:
Code:
012413-47439-01.dmp    1/24/2013 12:20:23 AM    MEMORY_MANAGEMENT    0x0000001a    00000000`00041287    00000000`00000030    00000000`00000000    00000000`00000000    ntoskrnl.exe    ntoskrnl.exe+7efc0    NT Kernel & System    Microsoft® Windows® Operating System    Microsoft Corporation    6.1.7601.17944 (win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333)    x64    ntoskrnl.exe+7efc0                    C:\Windows\Minidump\012413-47439-01.dmp    4    15    7601    275,736
If anyone wants the .dmp files, I'd be happy to upload them. Using Nirsoft's tool, I can see a ton of the bluescreen history.

But here's the really weird part. I have my computer set to automatically reboot when it bluescreens (you know, the default in Windows 7?), but yet it doesn't. My mom tells me that when it crashes, there is NOTHING on-screen (I've got a monitor hooked up to it so she can read off diagnostics if needed), that the light is green (meaning there's a signal, orange is no signal) but totally black. My friend suggested that the blue-screen itself crashed... is that possible? I've never heard of that.

If you guys could help me determine if this is some weird hardware defect, opposed to a driver or system problem, that would be appreciated.

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27 Jan 2013   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Hi,

Please use this tool to run some diagnostics and then upload it here for us:

http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...tructions.html

Regards,
Golden
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27 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Alright, here you go, a really huge amount of files from the utility.


Attached Files
File Type: zip drfsupercenter.zip (1.54 MB, 13 views)
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27 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

On another note, if someone could figure out how to make my computer automatically reboot (like it should) when it crashes, that would help me a lot. As it is, every time it goes offline, I have to call my mom back in Michigan and have her hit the reset button. I can only access the computer using TeamViewer or VNC, so I have no access to reboot it when it bluescreens.
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30 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Bump
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30 Jan 2013   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Sorry - I had missed that. I'll take a look this evening, but I might need to draft in some help on this.

Regards,
Golden
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31 Jan 2013   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

OK. Thats a mass of bugcheck codes, but 0x50 and 0x1A are the most common.

You said that you had already run MemTest86+. How long did you run it for> We recommend a minimum of 7 passes. If you didn't run it for that long, please do so again reporting back afterwards.

RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Also, please check to see that you have the latest RAID card driver installed and updated.

Code:
crash dump file: E:\Debug5\011013-45677-01.dmp
uptime: 14:21:39
This was probably caused by the following module: ntkrnlmp.exe (nt!KeBugCheckEx+0x0) 
Bugcheck code: 0x3B (0xC0000005, 0xFFFFF80002F9C382, 0xFFFFF8800A578A60, 0x0)
Error: SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION
Bug check description: This indicates that an exception happened while executing a routine that transitions from non-privileged code to privileged code. 
This appears to be a typical software driver bug and is not likely to be caused by a hardware problem. 
The crash took place in the Windows kernel. Possibly this problem is caused by another driver that cannot be identified at this time.
Code 0x3B could be a malware problem. Which anti-virus software is currently installed?

Regards,
Golden
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31 Jan 2013   #8
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Also, do some general USB troubleshooting. For the port, first, uninstall and reinstall the USB ports drivers.
  1. Right click on Computer icon > manage. It will open the computer management window.
  2. Click on "Device Manager" in the left pane, it will list all installed devices up.
  3. Expand "USB Serial Bus Controllers" by clicking on the triangle in front of it.
  4. Click on one item to select, then right click and uninstall.
  5. Do the same for all.
  6. Restart the computer.
  7. At restart, windows will auto configure the appropriate drivers.
And, Disable USB Selective Suspense too.
USB Selective Suspend - Turn On or Off

For the devices, first, detach all the USB devices other than the keyboard and mouse.
Then, Update the drivers for them all, including the keyboard and mouse, if any third party drivers are installed for them.

Update your ATI/AMD display driver.
You can get it from the link in our forum, Latest AMD Catalyst Video Driver for Windows 7, or you may go to AMD Graphics Driver and Software and opt for Automatically Detect and Install the appropriate driver for your card.
During installation, you may opt for advanced installation, and install the display driver only, not the Catalyst Control Center.

And then enable Driver Verifier to monitor the drivers.
Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable
Run Driver Verifier for 24 hours or the occurrence of the next crash, whichever is earlier.

information   Information
Why Driver Verifier:
It puts a stress on the drivers, ans so it makes the unstable drivers crash. Hopefully the driver that crashes is recorded in the memory dump.

How Can we know that DV is enabled:
It will make the system bit of slow, laggy.

warning   Warning
Before enabling DV, make it sure that you have earlier System restore points made in your computer. You can check it easily by using CCleaner looking at Tools > System Restore.

If there is no points, make a System Restore Point manually before enabling DV.

Tip   Tip

Let us know the results, with the subsequent crash dumps, if any.
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31 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Quote:
OK. Thats a mass of bugcheck codes, but 0x50 and 0x1A are the most common.

You said that you had already run MemTest86+. How long did you run it for> We recommend a minimum of 7 passes. If you didn't run it for that long, please do so again reporting back afterwards.
Just once. I've never seen the need to have more than 1 "pass" if there are no errors. But I'm happy to try it again...

Quote:
Also, please check to see that you have the latest RAID card driver installed and updated.
Yes, as far as I know it's the latest one.



If someone who's familiar with that RAID card could verify, there's a screenshot of the driver version.

Quote:
Code 0x3B could be a malware problem. Which anti-virus software is currently installed?
None. I don't ever download files on that machine, it's only connected to the Internet at all to download guide listings and to allow remote access. It's definitely not a virus problem, though, as I haven't had a single bluescreen since disabling the RAID controller... my money's on some sort of driver issue with the controller.

Trying Arc's suggestion about the USB stuff now.
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31 Jan 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Well THAT'S interesting. As soon as I tried to uninstall one of the USB drivers, it bluescreened!

Maybe it has something to do with USB instead of the RAID controller... which is just bizarre if you ask me! My motherboard has some USB 3.0 ports, which required the drivers from my motherboard's CD, everything else was installed when I installed the OS. Now I'm confused.

--EDIT--

Actually, I'm wrong. LOL. It's because I have a USB Wi-Fi adapter, so by removing all the USB drivers, it disconnected itself from the Internet.

I'll call my mom later tonight and have her do the rest of them, I suppose.
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