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Windows 7: BSOD driver power state failuer after unsuccessful shutdown

02 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
BSOD driver power state failuer after unsuccessful shutdown


as you can see I'm new here but I decided to join and share my problem in hope of finally finding a solution. I searched the web and this forum about this particular BSOD event but none was like mine and solutions mentioned were very complicated to follow so I decided to open my own thread. I hope I opened it in the right section of the forum.

So as the title says I have BSOD driver power state failure happening daily on my ASUS N53SV laptop. It worked perfectly, without this or any other error for over a year and then it started. What always happens is after some period of working on my laptop I normally go to shut it down (before sleep, etc) and since it happened so many times now I already noticed a pattern. Usually (for the first year of use) when I press shutdown, the laptop shuts down in a matter of seconds, shutdown sequence starts right away. But now, when I press it, for about 5 seconds nothing happens, then the Force close window appear but there are no applications still running. After that it goes to shutting down screen and stays there. Usually I don't force turn off and I just let it be like that so when I come back to use it I find the laptop rebooted and an error window saying: "Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown". Once I actually sat in front of my laptop for about an hour and then it finally turned off, rebooted right away and there was the blue screen. After that it boots normally. Now the reason I'm explaining this so thoroughly is because on other similar topics I see people already attaching their minidump files and event logs. Thing is, I'm not that smart when it comes to computers and since the laptop is under warranty I don't think this is my problem to solve. However, the laptop was checked and "fixed" and when I got it it was back on its factory settings. So I went and did some usual things that I do with a new computer such as installing Microsoft SE as AV software and also installing Spybot S&D. Then for about 3 days all I do is install a bunch of Windows updates including Service Pack 1. After that I install the newest drivers for my Intel graphics and wifi and then the newest drivers for my nVidia GeForce GT 540m graphics card. Everything seems to work fine and then it starts. I don't know if it means anything but when the shutdown sequence "hangs" my nVidia graphics card is activated so that might be an indication of problem. My laptop specs are: intel i7 2630qm, 8GB ram, Asustek Comp. Inc. motherboard, Intel HD3000 integrated graphics and nvidia card I mentioned before and Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit version that was already installed on my laptop when I got it.

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1050

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 9f
BCP1: 0000000000000003
BCP2: FFFFFA800C434910
BCP3: FFFFF800045893D8
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 768_1

Files that help describe the problem:

This is the error message that I "wake up to every morning". If you need me to do anything like attaching some files please instruct me on how to do it as I mentioned I'm really not good at this. Again I'm sorry for posting such a long description of my problem but I figured it's the best thing to do and every little detail might help you guys help me. Thanks in advance.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Nov 2012   #2

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Windows 10 Home 64Bit

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Start by updating the sound card drivers. But first uninstall/remove older ones.
Driver	c:\windows\system32\drivers\rtkvhd64.sys (, 2,52 MB (2.647.528 bytes), 23.2.2011. 18:15)
Click on the Start ► Control Panel ► Programs ► Uninstall a program ► Uninstall everything related to; Realtek. REBOOT.

Delete remnants of its drivers/older drivers using Driver Fusion/Sweeper REBOOT

Get latest drivers from here OR from

Scroll down, download and install the 64bit driver version for your laptop.

Reduce the items at start-up. Nothing except antivirus is usually required.
Let us know the results.
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04 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Ok so I uninstalled the realtek hd audio drivers, basically it was the only thing that I was able to find that was related to realtek then I deleted the entry with driver sweeper and finally I downloaded and installed the newest drivers for 64bit windows. I also unchecked many things in startup and services tabs in msconfig that I basically knew I could..some other stuff by Intel and such I didn't change. In the process, first two reboots were unsuccessful and I had to shutdown my laptop by holding the power button. Other two went fine.

I also downloaded the blue screen viewer so here are some things that I think could be useful (if you didn't know that from the minidump files)
Caused by driver: ntoskrnl.exe
Caused by address: ntoskrnl.exe+7efc0
File description: NT Kernel & System

I will post the results after some testing time..probably very soon..the best test will be the shutdown before going to bed this night. Thanks.

edit: I guess this isn't good...everything was fine until I tried to use google+ hangout with my friend. I don't know if it's directly connected with hangout but it happened when I tried to use it. Basically I lost sound completely. No warning, no indication, volume icon on the bottom says that sound is on but there is no sound. It happened before and reboot was the only way to fix it.
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05 Nov 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit

You need to enable driver verifier.
Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable
Run Driver Verifier for 24 hours or the occurrence of the next crash, whichever is earlier.

Let us know the results, with the subsequent crash dumps, if any.

And, can you remember it, is it started crashing after you updated the graphics driver?
This information will be highly helpful here for us.
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05 Nov 2012   #5

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

A quick perusal of the .zip contents
- hosts
15320 lines
# This list is Copyright 2000-2008 Safer Networking Limited
# End of entries inserted by Spybot - Search & Destroy

I would revert to a default hosts file,

navigate to C:\Windows\Dirvers\etc
ren hosts hosts-ds0
copy hosts-ds0 %userprofile%\downloads\hosts
edit %userprofile%\downloads\hosts
select all lines
paste the following into the now empty file
# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
#          # source server
#              # x client host
# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.       localhost
   ::1                localhost
and save - make sure the file is hosts, not host.txt - there should be no file extension, just a filename of hosts

copy hosts C:\Windows\Drivers\etc\

Locate and run Asus Liveupdate from your start menu. Apply and report all updates being offered
Download from Asus if not found in start menu (last offering in downloads\utilities)

Asus N53SV overview page
ASUS offering refund services for notebook product affected by the Intel® Sandy Bridge issue

Click on the above link and run the verification tool

Intel® on January 31, 2011 announced the detection of a design error in the new Sandy Bridge-based Intel® 6 Series support chip, also known as Cougar Point. The shipment of existing Sandy Bridge products has been suspended by Intel®, and the production of an updated support chip has commenced. The design error affects only the support chip, and not 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors such as the i5 and i7. In order to guarantee the quality provided to our customers, we’re voluntarily offering refund services for notebook product.

Notebook refund service period:
Customers may make sales return claims within two (2) months of the invoice purchase date

ASUS is also offering a special verification tool that allows users to quickly check whether their Notebook is affected by this issue.

Affected notebook models:
G73SWN43SL | N43SN | N53SN | N53SV |N73SV

You might not be affected by this or you might not qualify for the above. If the verification tool reports yous system as "qualifies for refund" you'll know this might be causing issues on your machine.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Nov 2012   #6

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

Please use the "Easy Specs" link in my sig to update your system specification on SF forums - thank you.
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05 Nov 2012   #7

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

I also suggest unticking everything on the startup tab in msconfig
in the start menu search box, type msconfig
and then enter
select the startup tab
and untick (clear) all checkboxes
SpybotSD TeaTimer
Google Update
FancyStart daemon
ASUS WebStorage

I would also suggest replacing Spybot with an alternative: MSE, avast, AVG are all free and provided adequate protection.
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05 Nov 2012   #8

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

Version 215
BIOS 215
1.Show system serial number on setup menu
2.Add New CPU function support
3.Update CPU microcode
4.Fix sometimes system can't boot after press power button.
5.Update EC firmware
2012.02.10 update

Version 214
BIOS 214
1.Fix PCIE TV Tuner no function bug
2.Fix USB keyboard no function in DOS.
3.Optimize Realtek 8111E LAN module
2011.08.18 update

Version 213
BIOS 213
1.Change EC firmware
2.Restrict system memory frequency
3.Change Intel VGA VBIOS to 2117 , and adjust timing for Samsung 15’6 FHD panel
2011.07.26 update

BIOS 209 - version on system
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05 Nov 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

ok thanks guys for all these replies..@ARC I will run the driver verifier. It says in the tutorial that there could be many BSODs in the process. Should I stop and report to you after the first one or after 24 hours period? As for the other question, I really can't tell precisely since updating nvidia drivers and intel graphics drivers is one of the first things that I've done. I updated nvidia drivers form version 266.1 or something similar to 306.97. As for Intel drivers I let intel check for new versions automatically and then I downloaded the newer version.

@Slartybart so far I've unchecked more things in startup tab in msconfig. I also downloaded the BIOS version 215 from Asus downloads. Should I try to install it? Asus Liveupdate says there is no need to update the environment. The host part I didn't get very well but I will try to find the files that you mentioned and change them as you said.
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05 Nov 2012   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit

After the first one, you stop and report us back. If needed, we will suggest to run it again.
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