Windows 10: Driver power state failure 00000000`00000003 Solved

  1.    10 Jul 2016 #1

    Driver power state failure 00000000`00000003


    So I have a new build which I put together about 3 weeks ago. At first I was running on integrated graphics it was stable enough. Last week I received a MSI Gaming X GTX 1070. Since then the system has become fairly unstable. It will either just cut out all together or give a BSOD with the driver power failure message on it and then reboots.

    I tried to decipher the crash logs but couldn't make sense of it! Things I have tried are:

    • Uninstalling chipset and graphics drivers. Have tried 3 different versions of geforce drivers but with same result.
    • Restored bios to "optimised defaults". When I first built pc I stupidly ran the 5 way optimisation that is part of the Asus AI suite 3. This overclocks the pc automatically. After realising my mistake I have tried to since undo all the changes it made. Even today used the CLR_CMOS function on the motherboard. It hasn't changed the crashing so hopefully unrelated/#

    Next thing was going to try is a complete fresh install of windows and perhaps just load up the minimum of drivers and try installing in stages to see if can isolate the problem.

    Any advice would be appreciated! I have attached logs as per the bsod posting instructions. And if it helps all see this link for pc spec. Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core, GeForce GTX 1070 8GB, S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower - System Build - PCPartPicker

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  2. Posts : 5,879
    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.192
       10 Jul 2016 #2

    You have Driver Verifier enabled. Please disable it unless asked to turn it on. Follow directions here:
    Part Three: Disable Driver Verifier

    Driver Verifier is a diagnostic tool built into Windows 10, it is designed to verify both native Microsoft drivers and third party drivers. Driver Verifier's verification process involves putting heavy stress on drivers with the intention of making bad, outdated, incompatible or misbehaving drivers fail. The required result is a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) which will generate a crash dump for debugging purposes.
    Machines exposed to Driver Verifier will run very sluggishly due to the stress being applied to the drivers.

    Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable in Windows 10

    Pay close attention to
    and make sure the correct boxes are checked.

    It is not advised to run Driver Verifier for more than 48 hours at a time. Disable Driver Verifier after 48 hours or after receiving a BSOD, whichever happens soonest.

    Always create a Restore Point prior to enabling Driver Verifier.

    What we're looking for is a BSOD with a mini dump that will tell us what driver caused it.

    The latest dump indicates a problem with your Nvidia driver.
    fffff801`2067a228  fffff801`b32e767dUnable to load image \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\nvlddmkm.sys, Win32 error 0n2
    *** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for nvlddmkm.sys
    *** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for nvlddmkm.sys
    Test some more after you disable Driver Verifier.

    As stated above:
    Driver Verifier's verification process involves putting heavy stress on drivers with the intention of making bad, outdated, incompatible or misbehaving drivers fail.
    It also can make good drivers fail at times so turning it off is the first step.
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  3.    11 Jul 2016 #3

    Thanks very much for your reply, Ztruker!

    Hadn't ever heard of driver verifier but went ahead and tried to turn it off. When I started it up via windows and tried to delete settings as per guide it said no changes were going to be made and all options were selected as no when go into settings. I tried the method by rebooting into recovery mode and disabling from there.

    As a test yesterday I uninstalled all graphics drivers and left just the microsoft standard display driver and it stayed up for over 10 hours.

    I have now reinstalled the latest geforce drivers 386.69 so will keep my fingers crossed it actually manages to stay up for more than a few hours.

    Thanks again for your help!
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  4.    11 Jul 2016 #4

    Crashed after 2 hours with nvidia drivers . Have tried using DDU to remove all graphics drivers as was using iGpu initially but still no good. Going to try a full reinstall of windows and take it from there.
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  5. Posts : 5,879
    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.192
       11 Jul 2016 #5

    How did you try to disable Driver Verifier?

    Did you get here?

    Attachment 89656
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  6.    12 Jul 2016 #6

    Yep I got to that stage and when I said to delete settings it said there were no changes to be made. The reinstall of windows has seemed to solve the problem. The sytstem has been stable with nvidia drivers loaded for 18 hours now. I think a combination of the crazy auto overclocking and asus motherboard bundled software was causing an issues as well. Have just installed drivers with no bundled motherboard bits and all is working fine.

    Thanks again for your help!
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  7. Posts : 5,879
    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.192
       12 Jul 2016 #7

    Definitely a strange problem. I'm glad the reinstall helped.
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