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XP BSOD watchdog.sys and nv4_disp.dll


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larrybrains

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I recently reinstalled windows xp and keep getting a BSOD, usually while streaming video. The details of the BSOD are watchdog.sys or nv4_disp.dll have stopped working. Here is the whocrashed analysis.

Analysis
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Crash dump directory: C:\WINDOWS\Minidump

Crash dumps are enabled on your computer.


On Mon 10/4/2010 5:52:23 PM your computer crashed
This was likely caused by the following module: nv4_disp.dll
Bugcheck code: 0x1000008E (0xC0000005, 0xBD098B60, 0xAB9C4BB8, 0x0)
Error: KERNEL_MODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED_M
Dump file: C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini100410-02.dmp
file path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nv4_disp.dll
product: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 258.96
company: NVIDIA Corporation
description: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 258.96



On Mon 10/4/2010 6:58:16 AM your computer crashed
This was likely caused by the following module: nv4_disp.dll
Bugcheck code: 0x1000008E (0xE0000001, 0xB3871925, 0xAAB4C400, 0x0)
Error: KERNEL_MODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED_M
Dump file: C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini100410-01.dmp
file path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nv4_disp.dll
product: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 258.96
company: NVIDIA Corporation
description: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 258.96



On Sun 10/3/2010 4:06:49 PM your computer crashed
This was likely caused by the following module: nv4_disp.dll
Bugcheck code: 0x1000008E (0xE0000001, 0xAF11F925, 0xACB4C8BC, 0x0)
Error: KERNEL_MODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED_M
Dump file: C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini100310-01.dmp
file path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nv4_disp.dll
product: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 258.96
company: NVIDIA Corporation
description: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 258.96



On Sat 10/2/2010 4:58:16 AM your computer crashed
This was likely caused by the following module: nv4_disp.dll
Bugcheck code: 0x1000008E (0xE0000001, 0xAF32C925, 0xA68E08BC, 0x0)
Error: KERNEL_MODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED_M
Dump file: C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini100210-01.dmp
file path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nv4_disp.dll
product: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 258.96
company: NVIDIA Corporation
description: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 258.96



On Thu 9/30/2010 7:13:16 PM your computer crashed
This was likely caused by the following module: nv4_disp.dll
Bugcheck code: 0x1000008E (0xE0000001, 0xA8847925, 0xA587B8BC, 0x0)
Error: KERNEL_MODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED_M
Dump file: C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini093010-01.dmp
file path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nv4_disp.dll
product: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 258.96
company: NVIDIA Corporation
description: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 258.96



On Sun 9/26/2010 10:49:29 PM your computer crashed
This was likely caused by the following module: nv4_disp.dll
Bugcheck code: 0x1000008E (0xE0000001, 0xA9AB9925, 0xA6C9F320, 0x0)
Error: KERNEL_MODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED_M
Dump file: C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini092610-02.dmp
file path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nv4_disp.dll
product: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 258.96
company: NVIDIA Corporation
description: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 258.96



On Sun 9/26/2010 8:30:08 PM your computer crashed
This was likely caused by the following module: nv4_disp.dll
Bugcheck code: 0x1000008E (0xE0000001, 0xA8A3A925, 0xA75968BC, 0x0)
Error: KERNEL_MODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED_M
Dump file: C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini092610-01.dmp
file path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nv4_disp.dll
product: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 258.96
company: NVIDIA Corporation
description: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 258.96




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Conclusion
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7 crash dumps have been found and analyzed. Note that it's not always possible to state with certainty whether a reported driver is really responsible for crashing your system or that the root cause is in another module. Nonetheless it's suggested you look for updates for the products that these drivers belong to and regularly visit Windows update or enable automatic updates for Windows. In case a piece of malfunctioning hardware is causing trouble, a search with Google on the bug check errors together with the model name and brand of your computer may help you investigate this further.



I am using display driver version 258.96. I have tried pretty much every other driver out there as well as a fresh install of xp and I still get the errors. The whocrashed analysis only shows nv4_disp.dll but I have had mostly BSOD's that show watchdog.sys as the problem file.

I can run games like L4D2 for hours without any crashes, and can run for days without any crashes using streaming video and whatnot, but then on occasion I will get the bsod, usually when I start opening a lot of folders or start streaming video on youtube or vimeo or anything like that. I have been running this system for ages without this problem, it only started after formatting and reinstalling windows.

System specs

Windows XP Pro SP3
AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.01 GHz
3.00 GB of Patriot DDR2 Ram
Asus M2N-E Mobo
BFG 8800gt OC 512mb






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Edited by larrybrains, 04 October 2010 - 12:40 PM.

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Did memtest. It came up with 2 errors on pass 3 and an error on pass 5. I didn't let it finish as it's apparent there is errors and if I did replace ram, I would just get all new ram as it is not super expensive.

Does this mean that this is a bad ram issue?

Does it make sense that its a bad ram issue if a game can run for hours without crash, but streaming video crashes it right away?
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I would just like to add that I believe I solved my problem, even though it would appear nobody on this forum cares. It seems like it was a problem with Flash. The crashes were happening while streaming video. I disabled hardware acceleration on flash videos. To do this, open a youtube video, right click on it, go to settings, and then uncheck "enable hardware acceleration" and then close it. DONE. This should apply the setting from now on and you shouldn't have to do this on any other video ever again and it does not seem to affect performance of the playback, load times and what have you. Thanks for the complete lack of assistance in solving this problem.
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larrybrains,
You're a "God-Send"! I am so thankful you kept posting and following up on this issue though no one else seemed to care. I just searched on this issue as I am having the exact same problem you described. Google landed me on your post. I was was ready to get a new Video Card and replace all my RAM to see if that would fix it. Your remedy worked like a charm. Thanks, now I feel assured I'll have my fill of holiday season streaming football games.
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Disabling Hardware Acceleration is Flash was a challenge since it locked up with the Watchdog.sys BSOD as soon as I hit the video. I booted in safe mode (Flash Video worked there), then disabled it and am now GTG. I still think it's a driver issue so will pursue that angle. Just know it's not ram or vid card.

As for Larrybrains' comment about "no one caring," and "thanks for nothing" in his post: Dude: this is a free service. You can't expect everyone to drop what they are doing and help you with your issues. Keep the sarcasm to yourself. It just makes you look petty. I for one appreciate EVERYONE who takes the time to try to help out on this and other forums. That's why I left my post here.
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Unchecked the box as mentioned here.
Unfortunately, I'm still experiencing the BSOD.
Any other suggestions? I agree that I don't think it's a RAM item.
Thanks, guys.
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hi everyone, im having the same problem here with bluescreen of death, watchdog.sys is also in there too, whenever i watch streaming websites the computer goes into a non responding mode, a couple of beeps later from the built in speaker on my tower, i then get the bosd!!, this doesnt happen all the time, but it has happened at least 5 times to me now. and again like most people are saying, it only started happening after reformatting my computer, before it was fine and i had never even heard about watchdog.sys!!!. i've tried unticking hardware Acceleration in flash player, and sadly its made no difference to the hangs and bosd im getting, someone must know something as its driving me crazy. i can play call of duty black opps all day and not get 1 single problem, but i can be on youtube and a get a bosd just like that ????
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Download WhoCrashed from the link in my signature below
This program checks for any drivers which may have been causing your computer to crash....

Click on the file you just downloaded and run it.

Put a tick in Accept then click on Next
Put a tick in the Don't create a start menu folder then click Next
Put a tick in Create a Desktop Icon then click on Install and make sure there is a tick in Launch Whocrashed before clicking Finish
Click Analyze
It will want to download the Debugger and install it Say Yes
WhoCrashed will create report but you have to scroll down to see it
Copy and paste it into your next reply







http://www.resplendence.com/downloads
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ok will try whocrashed just been playing black opps for over 4 hours... no crashes! please follow this youtube link as this guy's pc is doing the same scenario as my computer.


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Can you post the WhoCrashed log and that will tell me a lot about what is going on.
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i will do rshaffer61, i installed who crashed lastnight, but ive already deleted my dump files. as soon as i get another BOSD i will post on here the information. like as ive said, it doesnt happen that oftern, but is getting on my nerves this watchdog.sys BOSD. i do think its to do with adobe flash player clashing with nvida drivers, thats what i read on other websites. we are sure not alone on this problem, i've seen loads of post's.
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While you wait for that then do the below please.

Download BlueScreenView
No installation required.
Double click on BlueScreenView.exe file to run the program.
When scanning is done, go Edit>Select All.
Go File>Save Selected Items, and save the report as BSOD.txt.
Open BSOD.txt in Notepad, copy all content, and paste it into your next reply.

Thanks to Broni for the instructions and program
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ok i have just downloaded "bluescreenview" but how do u scan?? i see no option...
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Read the instructions above it walks through everything step by step.
Double click on BlueScreenView.exe file to run the program.
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sorry, i have followed your step by step instructions, but i see no option to scan within bluescrrenview v1.35
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