Getting BSOD only when playing Dark Souls (CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED)

Tony Pajamas asked on

I can launch the game and play just fine, but after a while there's a guaranteed crash with a "CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED" message.  It doesn't seem to happen under any other circumstance.  I've uninstalled and reinstalled the game to  different drive and the problem persists.  I don't have any restore points to go back to and I really don't want to reinstall windows.

Memtest doesn't show any errors.

Chkdsk didn't come up with anything.

SFC didn't find any problems.

WhoCrashed seems to think the main problems are either ntoskrnl.exe or ntdll.sys.

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Patrick Barker replied on


The majority of the DMP files are of the CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED (ef) bug check.

This indicates that a critical system process died.

However, I can see you've also enabled Driver Verifier, leaving a few

This is the bug check code for all Driver Verifier I/O Verification violations.

BugCheck C9, {21f, fffff88009377174, fffff9800c20ee10, 0}

^^ The 1st parameter of the bug check is 21f which indicates a driver has not filled out a dispatch routine for a required IRP major function.

Unable to load image \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\ScpVBus.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for ScpVBus.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for ScpVBus.sys
Probably caused by : ScpVBus.sys ( ScpVBus+b174 )

^^ XInput Wrapper for DS3 and USB Dual DS2 Controller driver.

Either update this driver to the latest version, and if that doesn't work/or uninstall the software as it's causing conflicts.



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Tony Pajamas replied on
Well I've uninstalled the driver and it still happened, so I went ahead and reformatted and reinstalled Windows.  The blue screens still occurred after the fresh install so I scanned my hard drive with HD Tune and it showed a bunch of bad sectors and warnings in the SMART status.  I've since replaced the drive and there hasn't been a crash since, even when using the supposed problem drive.
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