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Windows 7: High interrupt/DPC; culprit found, now what?

27 Feb 2015   #1

High interrupt/DPC; culprit found, now what?

Gigabyte GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H, AMD Phenom II X3, Win7Pro64Sp1
I'm having two weird problems, that may be related, or maybe not. Some background... I built this machine five years ago, and recently decided to upgrade to an SSD, and to clean things up by reloading Windows, getting all current AMD drivers, and loading only the apps I care about. The install went well, but as I began using it, I noticed that about once an hour, the active window would freeze, with the message "not responding" on the title bar. Windows was still alive, as I could bring focus to other windows, although sometimes a second window would freeze as well. My only recourse was to wait... 20, 30, sometimes 40 seconds... and then operation would return to normal.

Process Explorer reported that one of my CPU cores was constantly spending 60% or more of its time handling interrupts and DPCs. Interestingly, whenever a window was frozen, this process would drop to nearly zero.

I ran Windows Performance Analyzer, and saw that one CPU core was spending over 60% of its time on interrupts, except for exactly once per second, when CPU DPC usage would spike way up for a few dozen microseconds, coincidental with CPU interrupt usage dropping to zero.

High interrupt/DPC; culprit found, now what?-dpcsummary.jpg

Getting a summary table at the point of the DPC spike showed that almost all of it was due to Usbport.sys.

High interrupt/DPC; culprit found, now what?-dpc-summary-table.jpg

Getting a summary table from when the interrupt usage was high (away from the previously described spike), showed that almost all of the interrupt usage was split evenly between storport.sys and wdf01000.sys.

High interrupt/DPC; culprit found, now what?-interrupt-summary-table.jpg

I updated my usb drivers in accordance with Microsoft security bulletin MS13-081. DriverView reports version 6.1.7601.17514 for storport.sys, version 1.9.7600.16385 for wdf01000.sys, and version 6.1.7601.18328 for usbport.sys.

As a test, I booted into Safe Mode, and the problem persisted, even without manually starting any programs.

At this point, I have no idea what to do or try next. Any advice would be very appreciated.

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27 Feb 2015   #2

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit

have you done a brief look thru of the processes that are running as well as the programs that are running when that happens to see what possibly is causing it to spike? If not i would do the simple thing of checking those 2 things first and report back to what u find.
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28 Feb 2015   #3


Matt... Thank you for replying, but I'm not clear what you are asking. The problem starts immediately upon boot, and even occurs when I boot into safe mode. I just did a boot into safe mode, and grabbed these screen shots, with the hope that they will answer your questions.

High interrupt/DPC; culprit found, now what?-processexplorersafemode.jpg
High interrupt/DPC; culprit found, now what?-servicessafemode.jpg

While grabbing these shots, I did notice that the CPU usage for the interrupt/DPC process was not always high. I actually had to wait about 10 seconds before hitting "print screen" in order to show you a value greater than 10. It does suggest to me that while the problem still exists in safe mode, it is not as prevalent as when I do a normal boot.

I'm having a hard time understanding what storport.sys and wdf01000.sys are doing. They are supposedly drivers, but I cannot find them anywhere in Device Manager.

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