Could BIOS setting cause BSOD?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by rll, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. rll

    rll Guest

    Ever since I had Best Buy do some upgrading of my Vista Ultimate computer,
    it has crashed almost daily, sometimes twice a day. The crashes occur
    regardless of whether the computer is in use or not. The result is a blue
    screen with the message Power State Driver Failure. That is the only part of
    the text I am able to read before the computer shuts down and restarts. One
    of the things Best Buy did was install a new graphics card. My power supply
    isn't the problem, by the way. I have a 600 watt supply. The new card is a
    PCIe nVidia. A couple of days ago, I installed nVidia's latest driver for
    their GeForce cards. I also decided to look at my BIOS settings for no
    particular reason. In the BIOS, there was a option to set the video from
    Onboard or PCI or PCIe. Mine was set on PCI, even though the card is PCIe. I
    made the correct selection in the BIOS and restarted. I have my fingers
    crossed here, but there hasn't been a crash since.

    Could this incorrect BIOS setting have been the source of my problems? Or
    was it the new nVidia driver? Or both? Or have a just been lucky? Any info
    would be appreciated.
     
    rll, Oct 8, 2007
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  2. The correct BIOS setting should be PCIe.
    Incorrect settings would definitely cause a crash.

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    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User

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    Ever since I had Best Buy do some upgrading of my Vista Ultimate computer,
    it has crashed almost daily, sometimes twice a day. The crashes occur
    regardless of whether the computer is in use or not. The result is a blue
    screen with the message Power State Driver Failure. That is the only part of
    the text I am able to read before the computer shuts down and restarts. One
    of the things Best Buy did was install a new graphics card. My power supply
    isn't the problem, by the way. I have a 600 watt supply. The new card is a
    PCIe nVidia. A couple of days ago, I installed nVidia's latest driver for
    their GeForce cards. I also decided to look at my BIOS settings for no
    particular reason. In the BIOS, there was a option to set the video from
    Onboard or PCI or PCIe. Mine was set on PCI, even though the card is PCIe. I
    made the correct selection in the BIOS and restarted. I have my fingers
    crossed here, but there hasn't been a crash since.

    Could this incorrect BIOS setting have been the source of my problems? Or
    was it the new nVidia driver? Or both? Or have a just been lucky? Any info
    would be appreciated.
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Oct 8, 2007
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  3. rll

    Curious Guest

    Also go in to system advanced settings and uncheck the option for automatic
    restart on a BSOD so that you can read the BSOD screen.
     
    Curious, Oct 8, 2007
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