Windows 10: Alternating BSODs: Video Scheduler Internal Error & Watchdog Violation

  1.    2 Days Ago #1

    Alternating BSODs: Video Scheduler Internal Error & Watchdog Violation

    Hello helpful people,

    I have had massive BSOD problems for a week now, and after spending every single evening trying to solve it by myself I am reaching my humble limits.

    The story goes like this:
    For no apparent reason (meaning i hadn't installed anything or made any changes to the system before) my system started crashing with a Video Scheduler Internal Error when playing Dota 2 (I had played a couple of games before that day, and it started crashing after i took a break for an hour or so). After that, it kept crashing a short time after restarting (less than 5 minutes), which made problem solving very difficult.
    I tried all the "simple" tips and tricks I found via google, mainly driver updates and downgrades, updating Windows etc. but none of them helped.
    Finally I desperately tried a reinstallation of Windows. The only change being that i now get a second kind of BSOD, which is a DPC Watchdog Violation. Both BSODs now appear in irregular order. I again tried driver updates etc., but it proves difficult because of the short time span I get between crashes. I can't for example install a new Geforce driver because the system crashes every time somewhere during the installation.
    An interesting (to me, maybe expected for someone who knows more) aspect is that I'm completely fine in Safe Mode.

    Among the attached mini dumps should be some of either kind of BSOD. I would be super thankful for any kind of help or even just hints at solutions. Please let me know if I missed any important information!

    A very sad Simon
    Alternating BSODs: Video Scheduler Internal Error & Watchdog Violation Attached Files
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  2. Posts : 3,278
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1709 Build 16299.371 and W10 Insider Builds 17134.1 and 17643
       2 Days Ago #2

    Hello Simon,

    Welcome to TenForums

    Safe mode will not use the graphics drivers so there might well be a clue there. However, you have done just about all you can to work on the graphics drivers. Did you try using the method shown below?

    The best way to do this is to uninstall everything of Nvidia using Display Driver Uninstaller and install new drivers from your Graphics card manufacturer or from the NVidia website. When you do this be sure the "clean install" box is checked and only install the Graphics driver and the PhysX driver.

    If this does not work can you try another graphics card (maybe a friend can help)? There could be a fault with your card.
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  3.    2 Days Ago #3

    Hi Phil,

    thanks for the quick answer!
    I have tried clean new installations of the graphic drivers before reinstalling Windows and it didn't solve it (even though I didn't use that tool you mentioned). Now, I got the latest nVidia driver ready for installation waiting on my desktop but unfortunately my system crashes every time i try to install it somewhere between 30 and 50%. It feels like the less I stress the laptop, the longer it makes it without crashing (we are talking about 10 minutes at best). But apparently, installing a driver is too much stress and it crashes every time. In Safe Mode I can't get through the installation either, the Setup tells me that there is a problem with the installation and quits, no further information given. Probably because there is no Internet connection in Safe Mode?
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  4. Posts : 3,278
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1709 Build 16299.371 and W10 Insider Builds 17134.1 and 17643
       2 Days Ago #4

    If you have a wired network connection you can specify a Safe Mode with networking in order to try installing a driver in safe mode.
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  5.    1 Day Ago #5

    Thanks for your reply!
    I tried connecting to my router via cable and started in safe mode with networking, but I can't get a connection to the internet. I updated the relevant adapter drivers but same story. As this is getting a bit off topic, the question is, would you suggest that I invest my time into searching for a solution for that connection issue in order to then maybe be able to try the driver installation or should the whole problem be tackled directly, maybe through analysing the dump files?
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  6.    19 Hours Ago #6

    I hope it's ok if i push this up a bit, also got new information:
    I managed installing the lates Geforce Driver, hooray! Even though I didn't do anything differently, I guess I just got lucky and my system didn't crash during installation (unlike the last 10-12 attempts).
    None the less, I still got both BSODs afterwards, one each. I have no idea what to do now
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  7. Posts : 3,278
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1709 Build 16299.371 and W10 Insider Builds 17134.1 and 17643
       10 Hours Ago #7

    Since the bsod points to the graphics card have you tried cleaning the fans and heatsink? Try reseating the graphics card or try it in another slot if there is one. As I suggested at the beginning, see if you can replace it with another one to test the theory that the card may be faulty.
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