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Windows 7: DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE Bluescreen with ntoskrnl.exe

18 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE Bluescreen with ntoskrnl.exe

I have been getting this BSOD in bursts ever since I got the computer. I can always tell when it is coming, because my computer lags significantly when it is imminent. For example, the main menu screen of the video game Chivalry: Medieval Warfare normally runs @60 FPS on my comp. However, it is much slower when the BSOD is near. It has gotten to the point where I load up the main menu of the game after every boot, because if it is running @~10 FPS, I know my comp will BSOD.

The BSOD almost always happens within 4-8 minutes of booting the computer. It seems that whenever I boot, there is like a 30% chance that it will BSOD with this error. If it boots cleanly, it will never BSOD with this error. FYI: By "booting cleanly" I mean that my laptop doesn't have the lag and makes it past that 4-8 minute threshold where it usually BSODs... AKA it is functioning normally.

When the computer is laggy and I know a BSOD is imminent, I have two options. I can either:
  1. Let the computer BSOD and restart automatically. Often times, this results in my comp rebooting with the problem again and then blue screening again. I sometimes can go through a cycle ~1-5 BSODs like this before it boots cleanly.
  2. I can perform a hard-shutdown, and then start the computer. This is more reliable on achieving a clean boot. I can't just shutdown the computer through the start menu because when I do this, I get to the "Shutting Down" screen and I am stuck there for what I think is an indefinite amount of time. I have left my computer in that "shutting down" stage and it either BSODs from there or stays there (for up to an hour in one test before I got mad and shut it off).
Using BlueScreenView, the problem is always listed as DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE with ntroskrnl.exe. I have tried most of the standard fixes - driver updates, rolling back drivers, updating windows, etc. I haven't updated the BIOS, but this error has been happening since the day I got the comp, and it has been almost 2 years since then.

I am supposed to be the student IT help guy at my university so it really pains me that I can't figure this out, lol. PLEASE LET ME KNOW OF ANYTHING YOU GUYS FIND!!! THANKS!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jun 2013   #2

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The display driver is failing the power stare there.
Irp is active with 4 stacks 2 is current (= 0xfffffa8006fc3cc8)
 No Mdl: No System Buffer: Thread 00000000:  Irp stack trace.  
     cmd  flg cl Device   File     Completion-Context
 [  0, 0]   0  0 00000000 00000000 00000000-00000000    

            Args: 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
>[ 16, 2]   0 e1 fffffa800807b1f0 00000000 fffff8800f1cf4a4-fffffa800a681bf0 Success Error Cancel pending
           \Driver\ACPI    nvlddmkm
            Args: 00000000 00000001 00000001 00000000
 [ 16, 2]   0 e1 fffffa80095aa040 00000000 00000000-00000000    pending
            Args: 00000000 00000001 00000001 00000000
 [  0, 0]   0  0 00000000 00000000 00000000-fffffa800a0e4900    

            Args: 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
And the driver version is old.
fffff880`0f08b000 fffff880`0fd7f000   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 23:51:13 2012 (506B3099)
    CheckSum:         00CD4613
    ImageSize:        00CF4000
    Translations:     0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4
Install the suggested WHQL only.
  • Uninstall All nvidia items in Control Panel > Programs and features
    • 3D Vision Control Driver
    • 3D Vision Driver
    • Graphics Driver
    • HD Audio Driver
    • PhysX
    • nvidia Update
    (Are you using nvidia chipset drivers? If so, dont uninstall anything other than those are listed).
  • Now follow Drivers - Clean Left over Files after Uninstalling
  • Boot normally now. Go to Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers, Download 314.22 WHQL. While installing, Select Custom (Advanced) install. In the next page, follow this settings:

Let us know how it is working.
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 DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE Bluescreen with ntoskrnl.exe

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