Driver causing a BSOD, can I remove it?


  1. Posts : 138
    Windows 10 Pro - 15063 / 7 Pro
       #1

    Driver causing a BSOD, can I remove it?


    Hi guys,

    First off, I'd like to apologize if I may be posting in the incorrect section, as I wasn't sure what to classify this under.

    I've been getting some BSODs with the same error message: PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA.
    I looked into the issue by examining the minidump in WinDbg, and found a driver called bcmw163a.sys causing the issue.

    I would like to know if it is safe to remove this driver, and find out what the driver is.

    Any help is appreciated :)
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  2. Posts : 4,457
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708
       #2

    A little web searching (Bing worked better than Google, oddly enough) suggests that it's a driver for a Broadcom WiFi adapter. Got one of those?

    (I would have checked your motherboard specs, but Asus makes a number of X99 boards, if that's the one in question.)
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  3. Posts : 79
    Windows 10
       #3

    I would do a memory test - Usually page fault means bad memory ..
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  4. Posts : 138
    Windows 10 Pro - 15063 / 7 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    bobkn said:
    A little web searching (Bing worked better than Google, oddly enough) suggests that it's a driver for a Broadcom WiFi adapter. Got one of those?

    (I would have checked your motherboard specs, but Asus makes a number of X99 boards, if that's the one in question.)
    I was remiss in mentioning that I am using the secondary machine I use (a cruddy Alienware), my main PC (with the X99 mobo) has no issues... And it indeed, the secondary machine has a Broadcom Wireless Adapter

    So what do I do then? Disable it in Device Manager?
    Last edited by Michaelvas17; 24 Dec 2015 at 11:37.
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  5. Posts : 4,457
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708
       #5

    Michaelvas17 said:
    I was remiss in mentioning that I am using the secondary machine I use (a cruddy Alienware), my main PC (with the X99 mobo) has no issues... And it indeed, the secondary machine has a Broadcom Wireless Adapter

    So what do I do then? Disable it in Device Manager?
    You could disable it in the BIOS setup if you're not using it.

    If you are using it, there may be better drivers available.
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