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BSOD error, about an hour in

By Hypocyber
Oct 22, 2011
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  1. Hi, experiencing some trouble, my PC keeps crashing, about an hour in with the error codes:
    STOP: 0x0000007E (0xC000005, 0xAD88EAF6, 0xF7946A7C, 0xF7946778)

    athuw.sys (AD88EAF6 base at AD7C10000)


    I've read microsoft's solution to the 0x7e error and none of them have helped. My hardware is fine, I've tested it all... I would format my pc but I don't have the disk.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    I believe you included the cause of your issue in your post. athuw.sys is a TP-LINK 150Mbps Wireless Lite-N Adapter Driver.
     
  3. Hypocyber

    Hypocyber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    could you please tell me how to fix the problem though? Thanks.
     
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Tell us about your TP Link. Is this a USB wireless adapter that yopu plug into your system to access the internet? Can you link us to a product page so that we can see it for our self?
     
  5. Hypocyber

    Hypocyber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I don't have a TP Link wireless adapter....

    I have a NETGEAR N150 Wireless USB Adapter WNA1100

    Put I've installed the driver for it and it's working fine, but my system still crashes....
    Start-up is fine too...
     
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    I want you to do the following:

    How to find and post your Minidump Files:

    My Computer > C Drive > Windows Folder > Minidump Folder > Minidump Files.

    It is these files that we need (not the folder). Attach to your next post the five most recent dumps. Notice the Manage Attachments button at the bottom when you go to post the next time. You can Zip up to five files per Zip; if you only have one or two you don’t need to zip them, just attach as is. Please do us a favor and don’t Zip each one individually.


    * It is now past 1:00 a.m. in the morning and I need to get to bed but I will look in later today and read your dumps for you.
     
  7. Hypocyber

    Hypocyber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I only have two.
     

    Attached Files:

  8. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Both dumps cite the same driver athuw.sys as the issue. And interestingly this driver is also a part of the Atheros Wireless Network Adapter. Did you build or buy this system?
     
  9. Hypocyber

    Hypocyber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I bought it.
     
  10. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Okay, go to the manufacture's website, find your exact model and update the latest drivers for networking, wireless, etc.
     
  11. Hypocyber

    Hypocyber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Downloaded and installed them, and it's still crashing with the same errors.
     
  12. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    This could be a sign that the NIC card itself is bad.
     
  13. Hypocyber

    Hypocyber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Are you sure that it's a network problem, what about the other errors?
     
  14. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    What other errors? Both dumps specifically cite athuw.sys which is a wireless driver as the cause.
     
  15. Hypocyber

    Hypocyber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay... Well is there anything I can do, it's still crash... Should I disable the drivers? If so could you tell me how? Thanks.
     
  16. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Can you connect to the internet via your router through an ethernet cable?
     
  17. Hypocyber

    Hypocyber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No, I'm at University, using the Wi-Fi with my USB Adapter.... There is no ethernet socket...
     
  18. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Go to My Computer and then find the Control Panel. Then go to the Add/Remove icon, left click to open, find your Netgear wireless adapter and uninstall. Then reinstall.
     
  19. Hypocyber

    Hypocyber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I've done that, it's made my connection faster, but not solved the crashed.
     
  20. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Hmmm, attach your most recent dumps.
     
  21. Hypocyber

    Hypocyber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I only have the same 2 that I sent previously...
     
  22. Hypocyber

    Hypocyber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    They are the same though, no new ones.
     
  23. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    I am beginning to think it is the USB adapter itself.
     
  24. Hypocyber

    Hypocyber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well, the thing is i can't remember whether the problem occured previously to buying the adapter, ill take it to a repair place.
     
  25. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    So, any results?
     

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