Windows 10: bsod win 10 clean install , old dell

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  1.    11 Nov 2015 #1

    bsod win 10 clean install , old dell

    hello, hope someone can help. upgraded a vista machine to win7, then updated to win10, then clean installed win 10. worked ok for a few days but now bsod every 20 minutes or so. I get watchdog violation.

    have updated bios and NVidia drivers plus everything else I can think of. still using avast.
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  2.    11 Nov 2015 #2

    What is the actual Dell Model number? There are many Dell Inspiron models, both laptop and desktop.

    Also specs including RAM and CPU.
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  3. axe0's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       11 Nov 2015 #3

    Hi happyhiker,

    Welcome to the 10forums.

    Please make sure your BIOS is loaded for optimal settings, if needed tweak a little for normal functionality. The 0x133(DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION) you get is mostly caused by BIOS problems.

    This is the Nvida Sata driver, please check for updates using the link below
    Driver Reference Table - nvstor.sys
    *** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for nvstor.sys
    *** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for nvstor.sys
    0: kd> lmvm nvstor
    start    end        module name
    86b80000 86ba5000   nvstor   T (no symbols)           
        Loaded symbol image file: nvstor.sys
        Image path: \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\nvstor.sys
        Image name: nvstor.sys
        Timestamp:        Mon Apr 21 20:33:58 2014 (53556496)
        CheckSum:         0002FEE4
        ImageSize:        00025000
        Translations:     0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4
    Please also make sure the cables are properly connected, if necessary reseat everything but make sure it is done properly.

    Please fill in your system specs
    Please follow this tutorial and download the tool. The tool will give you detailed information about your system specs, please fill in your system specs more completely including PSU and cooling system.
    How to fill in your system specs:

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  4.    11 Nov 2015 #4

    Thanks I have updated specs a bit. I will complete using tutorial but System BSOD after posting message and now won't boot up :-( I May have to restore.

    I didn't understand the make sure bios is loaded bit. How do I do that, doesn't it just load on power up ?
    I will reset all cables and try to fix OS and then fill in specs, but i assume if bios restored system will just do the same thing?
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  5.    11 Nov 2015 #5

    oh dear. Got watchdog violation whilst trying to reset pc, thats not very promising is it?
    Help where do I go from here?

    Maybe I should have stuck with vista - I bet you don't see that sentence written much...
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  6. axe0's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       11 Nov 2015 #6

    Boot in your BIOS and search for an option called 'load optimal settings'
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  7.    11 Nov 2015 #7

    so stilling getting bsod- watchdog violation even during win10 setup now. Gone into bios setup I can see boot priority settings, power management etc, but nothing to do with optimal settings. Where is it normally ? Am I bound to have one? CPU management just has AMD quite mode.

    Can it be a hardware issue ? As there is no software now...
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  8. axe0's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       11 Nov 2015 #8

    I can't tell where it normally is, for every desktop motherboard manufacturer it is different and I have a laptop what means that my BIOS options are very limited.

    Have you by the way tried to update the Nvidia sata driver?
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  9.    11 Nov 2015 #9

    Thanks for the replies, i can t boot to windows so i can't update sata driver. But as i can't even get passed boot up is it even using the sata driver yet ( I dont really understand how the drivers load for HDD I assume the bios knows how to do the i/o?)
    -Sata is the HDD right ? Don't know why nVidia have a driver for it ?

    so currently i've tried a reset pc and it wouldn't work, so i've totally reinstalled windows but got a watchdog violation on bootup after install. So with no drivers beyond win10 clean install i still get watchdog..

    In the bios I have no optimal settings. I do have a restore defaults instead of save. But I don't think I ever changed the defaults. BIOS says Pheonix AwardBIOS CMOS setup - so i assume i'm in the right place. Please help as I just have a big brick at the moment.
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  10. axe0's Avatar
    Posts : 13,725
    Windows 10 Pro
       11 Nov 2015 #10

    Please try booting in safe mode
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