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KMODE_EXCEPTION bluescreen with SP4RP1

 
 
Gordon Fecyk
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      31st Aug 2005
I get a KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED blue screen in NTOSKRNL.EXE with the SP4
Rollup Package 1. After unsuccessfully trying to replace the pre-RP1 files
manually, I would up restoring my server's system volume from a backup.

Fortunately, I store my logs, e-mail and Active Directory on a different
volume, so I didn't lose anything I'd consider vital. SP4 and all patches
since, except for RP1, seem to work fine. When Microsoft recommends storing
your AD database on a different partition, this is why.

The only thing I can point to is an older Adaptec AAA-UDMA RAID controller I
run my server's hard drives from. The driver date is October 2001, and it
includes a security catalog[1], but Device Manager insists that it wasn't
signed by Microsoft. The device seems to work OK on SP4 but I once tried
hooking up another machine's HD with SP4RP1, which also crashed with
KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED, except in CDA1000.SYS (the RAID driver) instead
of in NTOSKRNL.EXE.

Great.

Only this is the first time I could finger a previously-working device being
at fault for breaking Win2K. It doesn't immediately make sense. What else
would cause an unhandled kernel mode exception in SP4RP1 that wouldn't
happen in plain SP4?

[1] Ironically, the .cat file contains but a single line: "Place Holder For
Windows 2000 Digital Signature for WHQL." I guess Adaptec never got around
to fully testing their kit.

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