If your BSODs are software related, Driver Verifier can help by subjecting 3rd party drivers to a variety of stresses and tests to find improper behavior. Driver Verifier monitors kernel-mode drivers and graphics drivers to detect illegal function calls or actions that might corrupt the system.
If Driver Verifier detects a violation, it will flag (disable) the offending driver and force a BSOD. The additional info added to the memory dump file will hopefully yield clues.
2.Run Driver Verifier - - Windows 10, 7 & Vista -START | type verifier
- Windows 8.1 & 8 -Press WIN +X keys | select "Command Prompt (Admin)" | type verifier
Make these selections - 1. Select 2nd option - Create custom settings (for code developers) 2. Select 2nd option - Select individual settings from a full list 3. Check these boxes -
▪ Special Pool
▪ Force IRQL checking
▪ Pool Tracking
▪ Deadlock Detection
▪ Security Checks (new as of Windows 7)
▪ Miscellaneous Checks
▪ Power framework delay fuzzing (new as of Windows 8)
▪ DDI compliance checking (new as of Windows 8)
4. Select last option - Select driver names from a list 5. Click on the Provider heading - sorts list by Provider 6. Check ALL boxes where "Microsoft" IS NOT the Provider 7. Click on Finish 8. Re-boot
If you are unable to boot into normal Windows after VERIFIER_ENABLED BSOD -
... • Boot into SAFEMODE - tap the F8 key repeatedly during boot-up ... • Select "System Restore" ... • Choose the restore point that you created in step #1
To check Driver Verifier status -
--- select last option, 1st screen -or-
--- type verifier /query (in a cmd/DOS screen)
- To turn Driver Verifier off - verifier /reset then re-boot
To VERIFY Driver Verifier SETTINGS -
--- type verifier /querysettings (in a cmd/DOS screen)
- Driver Verifier needs to run for 24 hours minimum - even if the status screen appears clear.
If a VERIFIER_ENABLED BSOD occurs, please get the dump file from c:\windows\minidump, zip it up & attach to your next post.