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Finding a corrupted driver

By ShadeZeRO
Sep 27, 2005
  1. Finding a corrupted driver cpc please check out

    hey, I was wondering, how would I go about trying to find a corrupted driver??

    I have minidumps, and I a lack of knowledge in verifier.exe...
     
  2. ShadeZeRO

    ShadeZeRO TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have several minidumps if you need them. I suppose they would help because all bsod are related to bad drivers.
     
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    I`m sorry, but that is not always the case.

    ShadeZeRO. Are you receiving any error messages? If so what do they say?

    What exactly is happening when your computer crashes?

    As much info as possible will help us to help you.

    Regards Howard :) :)
     
  4. ShadeZeRO

    ShadeZeRO TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok well, i get alot of 0x50, 0x8e, and other random bsod:

    • IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL 0xA
    • PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA 0x50
    • PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA 0x50
    • SPECIAL_POOL_DETECTED_MEMORY_CORRUPTION 0xC1

    Those are the main ones, and once in a while I get the 0x24, but thats once every long so often.

    Full system specs (I mean FULL)
     
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Cpc2004 is the forum guru around here, when it comes to reading minidump files.

    I`m sure he will take a look at your minidumps when he gets time.

    The fact that you`re getting various bsod`s, could be due to faulty ram.

    Test your ram using the Memtest86+ programme from www.memtest.org.

    Let the programme run for at least seven passes. If you don`t have a floppy drive, there is a pre-built iso version, that you can burn to cd, and then boot from that.

    Regards Howard :) :)
     
  6. ShadeZeRO

    ShadeZeRO TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I used memtest all night a few days ago, over 55 passes, 0 errors.
     
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Take a look at this article HERE

    It shows you how to use the driver verifier to diagnose your drivers.

    Regards Howard :) :)
     
  8. ShadeZeRO

    ShadeZeRO TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thats what I used, tho, it helped with my cpu lag, but I still dont kinda undsterstand it..-_-

    but for all I know it might be a hardware problem, i just dont know it, cuz i dont know what my minidumps mean.

    CPC Please check :wave:
     
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    The fact that your ram has passed memtest, doesn`t always mean that it`s not a ram problem.

    Post some more minidumps, if you can, and wait for cpc2004, or send him a pm.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  10. ShadeZeRO

    ShadeZeRO TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, more mini dumps.
     
  11. cpc2004

    cpc2004 TS Rookie Posts: 2,044

    Hi

    Everyday I receive 5 to 6 new cases. I have over 20 opened cases on hand. After investigation, the culprit is faulty ram. Some faulty ram can pass memtest.

    The debug report of your problem
    Mini092805-11.dmp 8E (c0000005, 805d6675, f55d0b84, 00000000) nt!RtlCompareUnicodeString+2b
    Mini092805-12.dmp 0A (89bac548, 00000002, 00000001, 8051e129) nt!ProbeForWrite+0x39 -> nt!MiRemovePageByColor+8b
    Mini092805-13.dmp 8E (c0000005, bf8029cd, b39216f8, 00000000) win32k!PhkFirstGlobalValid+16
    Mini092905-01.dmp 0A (865ee7b8, 00000000, 805346ab, 00000000) nvcoafl51+f8f -> nt!ExRemoveHeadNBQueue+63
    Mini092905-05.dmp 0A (8e292a74, 00000002, 00000001, 804ff3a6) USBPORT!USBPORT_DM_TimerDpc+20d -> nt!KiInsertTimerTable+4e
    Mini092905-06.dmp 0A (8e24d2fc, 000000ff, 00000000, 8053196a) win32k!GreAcquireSemaphore+18 -> nt!ExAcquireResourceExclusiveLite+36
    Mini092905-07.dmp 8E (c0000005, bfa22a17, b2572cc8, 00000000) ati2cqag+10a17
    Mini092905-08.dmp 8E (c0000005, bf813756, ba13b248, 00000000) win32k!ESTROBJ::vCharPos_H3+15a

    Suggestion
    1. Reseat the memory stick to another memory slot
    2. Downclock the ram
    3. Clean the inside the computer case
    4. Make sure that the ram is compatible to the motherboard
    If it still crashes, diagnostic which memory stick is faulty
    1. Take out one memory stick. If windows does not crash, the removed memory stick is faulty.
    2. If you have only one memory stick, replace the ram
     
     
  12. ShadeZeRO

    ShadeZeRO TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you, I'm filing for RMA now at the corsair forums.
     
  13. cpc2004

    cpc2004 TS Rookie Posts: 2,044

    What is the meaning of RMA?
     
  14. ShadeZeRO

    ShadeZeRO TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have a lifetime warrenty with my ram. I can send it back to the manufacturer anytime, and they will fix/replace the modules if they EVER messup. This process is RMA...

    My ram used to be :hotbounce now its :hotouch: haha, i love the smilies here.

    Is there a chance it could be my motherboard?
     
  15. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    RMA=Return Merchandise Authorization.

    Unfortunately yes there is a chance that it`s your mobo.

    However, hopefully it won`t be. Once you get the new ram I guess you`ll find out :p

    Regards Howard ;)
     
  16. cpc2004

    cpc2004 TS Rookie Posts: 2,044

    Hi,

    Some problem owners confirm the solution of their problem. Base upon my past record, over 90% of similar cases are faulty ram and no confirmed case is related to faulty motherboard for memory corruption. A few cases are reported to overheat or PSU. I hope you can report your solution after your problem is fixed.
     
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