Question Persistent BSOD DPC Watchdog Violation

Sep 18, 2019
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MSI PS63 8RC
32GB RAM
Intel i7-8565U
Win 10 1903

Was having persistent BSOD issue. Took it into store from which unit was purchased. They reinstalled Windows however that didn't fix the problem, so I was given a new unit under warranty, however this does the same. This leads me to suspect a software issue as the issue is encountered with both units, however Reliability History says it's a hardware issue. I've tried to go through the dump files and it would appear to be an issue with the USB eXtensible Host Controller (USBXHCI.sys). I disabled the controller in Device Manager but this hasn't helped.

Windows would appear to have deleted the minidumps?? They were there before.... I was running them through windbg. I'll attach the minidumps created next time the system blue screens before they... erm... vanish I guess.

Would appreciate if anyone could assist. @Colif @gardenman

Thanks
 
Sep 18, 2019
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Here are a couple of reports from Security and Maintenance if that's anything. The latter says it's a hardware issue, which confuses me, given this is happening on the brand new unit too, and I'm sure MSI wouldn't be selling this model if every unit was bluescreening every 10 minutes...

Source
Windows

Summary
Shut down unexpectedly

Date
‎9/‎18/‎2019 5:41 PM

Status
Report sent

Problem signature
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
Code: 133
Parameter 1: 0
Parameter 2: 501
Parameter 3: 500
Parameter 4: fffff803f5ce9378
OS version: 10_0_17134
Service Pack: 0_0
Product: 768_1
OS Version: 10.0.17134.2.0.0.768.101
Locale ID: 1033

Extra information about the problem
Bucket ID: 0x133_DPC_USBXHCI!Isoch_Stage_MapIntoRing

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Source
Windows

Summary
Hardware error

Date
‎9/‎18/‎2019 5:39 PM

Status
Report sent

Description
A problem with your hardware caused Windows to stop working correctly.

Problem signature
Problem Event Name: LiveKernelEvent
Code: 144
Parameter 1: 1023
Parameter 2: ffffef8030ce3870
Parameter 3: 0
Parameter 4: 0
OS version: 10_0_17134
Service Pack: 0_0
Product: 768_1
OS Version: 10.0.17134.2.0.0.768.101
Locale ID: 1033

Extra information about the problem
Bucket ID: LKD_0x144_1023_USBXHCI!TelemetryData_CreateReport_VEN_1B21_DEV_2142_REV_00_FW_180827700240
Server information: 688e2193-f424-45e4-933c-f4633287c53b
 

Colif

Win 10 Master
Moderator
seems your mentions didn't work. although i get lots a day and could be buried.

I would ask if you had latest bios except there is only 1 so I assume you do...
its not often I see a motherboard where there is only 1 driver for everything. Can tell its pretty new then.

Did you set system up for minidumps? its not an automatic process, it uses the memory.dmp file otherwise. If its not real big, you could give us that?

Try updating win 10 to 1903 - click 1st link here and download upgrade assistant , and run it- https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/software-download/windows10
 
Sep 18, 2019
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Hi,
Here's memory.dmp. Let me know if it's all in tact as it's a copy since win wouldn't let me upload the original. Only a gig.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1r4VGcpwZT6zrmewCCaWJ65U8xncyIrEr/view?usp=sharing

Yep, only had this particular unit for a day, so it is new

Minidumps are (or at least were) set up as I had gone through them with windbg not long ago. Don't know how where they've gone to haha

Already running 1903 (as I was on my old unit too).

Thank you for the reply :)
 

gardenman

Admirable
Herald
Hi, I ran the dump file through the debugger and got the following information: https://pste.eu/p/es6P.html

File information:MEMORY.DMP (Sep 18 2019 - 01:40:08)
Bugcheck:DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION (133)
Probably caused by:USBXHCI.SYS (Process: System)
Uptime:0 Day(s), 0 Hour(s), 31 Min(s), and 00 Sec(s)

Comment: 2 or more types of RAM are installed.

Motherboard: MS-16S1

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Sep 18, 2019
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Hi,
Thank you. I'll wait for additional answers.
Is the "2 or more types of RAM are installed" comment relevant to the issue? I have upgraded the ram on the unit. Does that mean it's an issue with that?
Thanks again
 

Colif

Win 10 Master
Moderator
most laptops end up with 2 different types of ram, unless you can take 1 stick out and buy a set, A lot of times you get 2 sticks from factory that don't match.
Gardenman's script always highlights that if it finds 2 types as it can be a cause.

is this a driver that comes with device?
Jun 26 2009synusb64.sysSuyin USB Webcam 64-bit driver (Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.)
as 2009 is way out when it comes to being a win 10 driver

nika6usb.sys - Native INstruments Komplete Audio 6?
https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/audio-interfaces/komplete-audio-6/
thats whats crashing the PC
I assume you know what it is

it was causing same error 3 years ago - https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/dpc-watchdog-violation-crashes/b27d17e9-3d2f-4267-b61b-d5dbdffbecfe?auth=1

its not the laptop, its the thing you plug into it. Explains why 2 new devices had same errors. I hate when peripherals are the problem, they are hardly ever thought of.
 
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gardenman

Admirable
Herald
I ran the dump file through the debugger and got the following information: https://pste.eu/p/Onjt.html

File information:091919-25171-01.dmp (Sep 19 2019 - 00:47:04)
Bugcheck:DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION (133)
Driver warnings:*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for nika6usb.sys
Probably caused by:memory_corruption (Process: System)
Uptime:0 Day(s), 5 Hour(s), 10 Min(s), and 43 Sec(s)

Cause of crash:
Apr 01 2015 nika6usb.sys Native Instruments Komplete Audio USB driver

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Sep 18, 2019
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Hi there
synusb64.sys is an anti-piracy licensing dongle for a program by Steinberg. Nothing at all to do with a webcam haha, I wonder why they name it that. I believe that driver is at its latest version. I’m very surprised that they haven’t updated it for 10 years...

That’s very interesting that it’s being caused by the Komplete Audio 6 driver. It is an audio interface running through USB. I believe the drivers for it are all at their latest version. Surprised they haven’t refreshed them since 2015.

So this looks like an issue with the driver for the interface but not an issue with the physical interface itself?
It surprises me that someone has had the issue 3 years ago but it’s obviously not an issue for every user of the interface, which is what makes me suspicious that it could be an issue with the hardware unit itself rather than he driver used by all units produced... could this be a possibility? Or is it a problem with the drive, not the hardware.

I’ll double check whether there are any newer drivers shortly.

Thank you all very much for your help.
 

Colif

Win 10 Master
Moderator
I could be wrong but if it was hardware we would be getting other errors like WHEA (Windows Hardware Error Architecture) but it could be its showing via the driver not working

You are right, the only driver on website is November 2015 - you could try reinstalling it
Have you ever run the device updaters? latest of those was 2018
https://www.native-instruments.com/en/support/downloads/drivers-other-files/
 

gardenman

Admirable
Herald
I ran the dump file through the debugger and got the following information: https://pste.eu/p/nTwa.html

File information:092119-10953-01.dmp (Sep 20 2019 - 21:57:27)
Bugcheck:DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION (133)
Driver warnings:*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for nika6usb.sys
Probably caused by:memory_corruption (Process: Cubase10.exe)
Uptime:0 Day(s), 0 Hour(s), 31 Min(s), and 30 Sec(s)

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Colif

Win 10 Master
Moderator
On the NI website, there are TWO versions of the product updater for Win listed.. The first time I tried to update my firmware, I just downloaded the higher number of the two (1.20, and 1.70)... WELL, it turns out that 1.70 updates the KA6 to version 37, but for some reason 1.20 updates the KA6 to firmware v48!! Once I figured this out, I was able to install the newest 4.20 drivers again and everything works (after a restart)- Windows playback, midi, device connection/recognition, and audio in/out.

So in conclusion, my particular problem was a firmware issue, keeping windows from communicating with the device if the latest (4.20) drivers were installed, where the hardware would HALF work with version 3.10 drivers, but not fully.

Thanks for the support. I will be copy/pasting our correspondence into the thread to help future users!!

-Aaron
https://support.native-instruments.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360006313578-Komplete-Audio-6-Driver-not-installing-on-Windows-10-en-us-

see if that helps, it explains the version number discrepancy you had
 

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