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Windows 7: BSOD Driver Power State Failure :/ (going on a full year now, lol)

22 Mar 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
BSOD Driver Power State Failure :/ (going on a full year now, lol)

Hello everyone, and thanks for reading

I got my alienware M17xR3 about a year ago now, since I received the P.O.S. I have had plenty of power from my machine like I was expecting, but I have also been having issues I've been attempting to debug on my own, namely the graphics card being shipped with a corrupted bios (LOL) and my connection issues with random networks I use that other people have zero issues with.

But to get to why I am here now.

Since I have had this computer I have been getting driver power state failure BSOD's about 1-3 times in the same day, about once or twice a month. It's one of the most bizarre things I have seen a bugging computer do. When it is working, (I'm still not sure if the GfxCard is, lol) I can render videos at incredible speeds, get smooth fps on many games and generally never get a hiccup. I can even do both at the same time when it wants to.

I can get this BSOD at anytime my computer is on.
I have had it happen thirty seconds after startup. All i loaded was chrome.
I have had it happen five hours into a gaming session with friends as well.
It does not seem to care how much it is doing, it just seems to crap on it self every once it a while.
It really sucks when programming and when typing papers, haha...

This is my first attempt for help on this issue, thanks in advance for any support

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22 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Here is the SF Zip.
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22 Mar 2013   #3
x BlueRobot


BugCheck 9F, {3, fffffa800985ea10, fffff80000b9c3d8, fffffa80077c6e10}

Unable to load image \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\nvlddmkm.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for nvlddmkm.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for nvlddmkm.sys
Probably caused by : pci.sys
0: kd> lmvm nvlddmkm
start             end                 module name
fffff880`0f49e000 fffff880`10192000   nvlddmkm T (no symbols)           
    Loaded symbol image file: nvlddmkm.sys
    Image path: \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\nvlddmkm.sys
    Image name: nvlddmkm.sys
    Timestamp:        Tue Oct 02 19:21:13 2012 (506B3099)
    CheckSum:         00CD4613
    ImageSize:        00CF4000
    Translations:     0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4
Your graphics driver is outdated and is causing problems, please update with the latest WHQL driver from here:
  1. Download Driver
  2. Start Type: Device Manager
  3. Expand Display Adapters
  4. Right-Click Driver Name, Uninstall
  5. Reboot
  6. Run Driver Sweeper
  7. Reboot
  8. Install Downloaded Driver
Driver Sweeper will scan for any left over files from the old driver, old driver files can cause conflicts with new driver installations. Create a System Restore point beforehand, in case any problems or issues arise.

Driver Sweeper:
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22 Mar 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

You're awesome.
I have zero idea how to really read an entire index of crash reports. lol
I kind of figured it was something with the gfx card.
I'll try this out.

I see on the driversweeper page that there are multiple options for Nvidia.
Do you recommend all of them available?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2013   #5
x BlueRobot


I would just do the Display option, and your welcome.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


Haha, Windows is so dumb sometimes.
I'm currently uninstalling my GfxCard and now it's trying to find the drivers for it.. -.- lol
I'll just keep trying. I'll get back to you in a few hours

Thank you again!
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22 Mar 2013   #7
x BlueRobot


I will look forward for the results
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Mar 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Alrighty, I did everything as instructed, it took a while to find safe mode, F8 was doing nothing lol.
Ended up pressing everything from F3-F11 a lot. haha. It worked.

Currently, I am still able to boot. So that's good.
I'm gonna try playing a bunch of HD videos and playing some graphics intensive Vidja Games.

Thanks again
I'll let you know if it continues to happen
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23 Mar 2013   #9
x BlueRobot


Thanks for the update, hopefully no other problems will happen
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Mar 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I'll mark it as solved for now :P
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