Windows 7 blue-screens due to stdriver64.sys

Windows 7 blue-screens due to stdriver64.sys

I recently started getting blue-screens with stdriver64.sys. In doing my blue-screen debug, very little useful information was given:


SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED (7e)
This is a very common bugcheck.  Usually the exception address pinpoints
the driver/function that caused the problem.  Always note this address
as well as the link date of the driver/image that contains this address.
Arguments:
Arg1: ffffffffc0000005, The exception code that was not handled
Arg2: fffff8800970bbe8, The address that the exception occurred at
Arg3: fffff8800676d7f8, Exception Record Address
Arg4: fffff8800676d050, Context Record Address

Debugging Details:
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EXCEPTION_CODE: (NTSTATUS) 0xc0000005 - The instruction at 0x%08lx referenced memory at 0x%08lx. The memory could not be %s.

FAULTING_IP:
stdriver64+1be8
fffff880`0970bbe8 49              dec     ecx

EXCEPTION_RECORD:  fffff8800676d7f8 -- (.exr 0xfffff8800676d7f8)
ExceptionAddress: 0000000000000000
ExceptionCode: c0000005 (Access violation)
ExceptionFlags: 00000000
NumberParameters: 158383080
Parameter[0]: fffffffffffff880
Parameter[1]: 0000000000000002
Parameter[2]: 0000000000000000
Parameter[3]: 0000000000000000
Parameter[4]: 0000000000000000
Parameter[5]: 000000000022dba8
Parameter[6]: 0000000000000000
Parameter[7]: 0000000000000000
Parameter[8]: 0000000000000000
Parameter[9]: 0000000000000018
Parameter[10]: 0000000000000000
Parameter[11]: ffffffffffffffff
Parameter[12]: 000000000000007f
Parameter[13]: 0000000000000000
Parameter[14]: 0000000000000000
Attempt to execute non-executable address 0000000000000002

CONTEXT:  fffff8800676d050 -- (.cxr 0xfffff8800676d050)
Unable to read context, NTSTATUS 0xC0000147

DEFAULT_BUCKET_ID:  VISTA_DRIVER_FAULT

BUGCHECK_STR:  0x7E

CURRENT_IRQL:  0

LAST_CONTROL_TRANSFER:  from 0000000000000000 to 0000000000000000

STACK_TEXT:
00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 0x0

STACK_COMMAND:  .bugcheck ; kb

FOLLOWUP_IP:
stdriver64+1be8
fffff880`0970bbe8 49              dec     ecx

SYMBOL_NAME:  stdriver64+1be8
FOLLOWUP_NAME:  MachineOwner
MODULE_NAME: Unknown_Module
IMAGE_NAME:  Unknown_Image
DEBUG_FLR_IMAGE_TIMESTAMP:  0

BUCKET_ID:  INVALID_KERNEL_CONTEXT

I dug around on my support forums, and exception 7E has been related to loads of different problems: bad logitech mice drivers, cardbus adapters, audio drivers, failed USB drivers when it happens on awake from hibernate, etc.  Basically, any and all services seem to be known to cause it.  Also, having the module and image names completely unknown wasn’t very hopeful either.  I considered the idea of stepping into the memory location specificed until I found this write-up.  It mentions the program SoundTap as a very common source.  I had recently got Soundtap as part of a kit including the excellent Switch sound converter.  I uninstalled Sound Tap and sure enough – bluescreens went away.  Soundtap installs an audio driver to divert playback so you can do raw rips of anything you play on your pc (think sound ripper for youtube/shoutcast streams/shockwave players/etc).

So, it’s always a good idea to keep track of what you’ve changed on your pc and suspect even the unlikely things such as a simple software install.  That and googling for others with the same problems. 🙂

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