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Windows 7: Possibly driver-related BSoDs

29 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Possibly driver-related BSoDs


I'm new here and have a nasty BSoD problem going on. I've been searching for days for threads or info to help out but nothing's quite worked out.

I've so far managed to narrow it down (I THINK) to a driver in my Atheros WLAN card. A recurring theme in my BSoDs seems to be athrx.sys so I've tried to update it. The problem is that I can't get it to update.

When I find the new drivers from the manufacturer's website and then replace the old athrx.sys with the new athrx.sys it tells me the file isn't digitally signed. It's also weird that I seem to have to manually install it too since the driver comes in a zip file and just dumps all these weird files everywhere instead of doing anything helpful.

I guess I'm asking: If I'm right that it's this driver causing the BSoD then how do I install the new driver?

I would attach the minidump files but it says I need to be an administrator... I am the administrator but hey, what the hell...

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29 Jan 2011   #2

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29 Jan 2011   #3

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To further help you along.

I guess I'm asking: If I'm right that it's this driver causing the BSoD then how do I install the new driver?
Driver Install - Manual method

Download the driver and extract it to a folder.
Open the Device Manager
Right click the relevant device.
Choose Update Driver Software.
Select Browse My Computer For Driver Software.
Select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
Select Have disk...
Select Browse..
Navigate to the extracted folder and double click on the .inf file
Hit OK, then Next, and it will then install.

I would attach the minidump files but it says I need to be an administrator... I am the administrator but hey, what the hell...
Go to your C:\Windows\Minidump folder. Copy the .dmp files to a new folder on your desktop. Zip up that folder and attach to a post.

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31 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks for the replys.

I successfully managed to update the problematic driver. Oddly enough it just suddenly worked, detected the new driver and installed it after countless identical (but failed) attempts... maybe some change in security?

Anyway, hopefully this will have fixed the BSoD problem. I haven't had another one since (fingers crossed).
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