• BSOD and message Driver_Power_State_Failure . . . . is there a fix?

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    Can anyone advise on how to fix this BSOD and message Driver_Power_State_Failure that ocassionally appears on my trusty Windows 7 Pro 32bit Lenovo/IBM T42p laptop.

    It usually happens when it has drifted or drifts off into ‘Sleep’ mode.
    I don’t see it happen I just return at some point the same or next day and the blue message is on the screen.

    Any idea’s why it happens and what can be done to fix it.

    Thank you in advance of your assistance.

    Gordon (UK)

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    • #2467585

      Is the system using ESU (or ESU bypass) patching or is it EoS (Jan 2020)?
      Either way, as my first course of action is to run within cmd prompt (as admin):

      sfc /scannow

      to eliminate underlying file integrity violations especially if the OS is on an ageing HDD although that’s not to say SSD’s are immune. Will probably take a while….follow with a system restart when complete.

      Issue still there? look through the following checklist to try:

      Keeping IT Lean, Clean and Mean!
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        The ESU update process I use the the bypass workaround, somme small program that can install any Windows 7 update for Microsoft Updates Catalog.
        However I have only used the security only updates so as to not install some other software or driver that I don’t need or that will messup my sytem until recently my Windows 7 system is / was stable.
        No new hardware has been added either and there are no drivers showing up with yellow markers so on the surface all looks good.

        Is the ‘drivers verifier’ command line tool safe to use and not likely screw things up?
        It is a pity the DISM tool does not work with Windows 7.

        Have looked at the MiniTool Tips list and my Wireless was set as per the recommendation maximum and the PCI Express Link State Power Management setting is currently set to ‘Off’ and I have has not tried changing that yet as I have no idea what that feature does anyway.

        Any other thoughts?

        Thank you and best regards,
        Gordon (UK)


      • #2467850


        Problem culprit discovered and issue solved.
        Windows update must have side swiped the Lenovo Fingerprint Reader driver as when the machine came out of sleep-mode or started up it was sometimes unable to find the Athentec FpR hardware and crashed.
        The Think Vantage driver g1f914ww v6.0 build 8102 would still not function correctly when reinstalled so I removed it and installed an earlier version g1f714ww  v5.9.9 build 7282 which, touch wood, has since continued to work just fine. Hoorah!!

        Thank you for the Minitool tips link, it put me on the right track.



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    • #2467759

      The SFC /Scannow tool returns a message to the effect that:

      ‘Windows found errors but could not correct all of them’.

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