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Stop error, driver_power_state_failure

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Hello to all.  Thanks in advance for your help.  My audio studio is down right now, therefore:

All of a sudden (the last s/w installed was last friday, no drivers), yesterday when xp booted, Win complained that there was "limited virtual memory".  My pagefile is static (same min/max size).  I changed the drive for the pagefile.sys, and went to re-boot.  I got a stop error stating: driver_power_state_failure, whil win was shutting down.  I reset my pc.  

I researched the web, and tried everything I could think of.  changing drives for the pagefile, system restore from safe mode, everything.  Finally, I did an OS repair from the windows cd.  Now, I still get the "limited virtual memory" message, windows starts with no pagefile (I have 1.5 gigs ram), but the stop error is gone.  Instead the machine does not shut down properly, it simply re-boots even when requesting windows to shut the machine down.  I'm also noticing that, in device manager, I'm seeing a flag on my floppy drive.  The message says "This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use". What the !#!!#.  I researched the web again.  I found some stuff about pace locking driver, tpkd.sys, but this driver is not on my machine.  

The only uncertified drivers on my machine are for my m-audio delta audio card, which I've been using very happily for a long time.  Also have a Promise Ultra133 ide controller, whose driver isn't certified, also which has been running for a long time.

This post is my last ditch effort before doing a complete re-format/re-install of win xp.  Ouch!  I'm mystified by this one.

Please help if you can.

Thanks
John    
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by:LucF
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Hi jdharris5954,

0x0000009F: DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE
http://www.aumha.org/win5/kbestop.php#0x9f

A driver is in an inconsistent or invalid power state. Typically occurs during events that involve power state transitions, such as shutting down, or moving into or out of standby or hibernate mode.

Troubleshooting STOP 0x9F Error Messages in Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=246243

Troubleshooting a Stop 0x9F Error in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315249

Your best bet might be to start with Sigverif.exe to see which drivers are suspect for you. As you said you have two uncertified drivers, please start with either finding another driver, or try a driver rollback.

Greetings,

LucF
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by:jdharris5954
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Thanks for your reply.  I've already performed these workflows to no avail.

I did run sigverif, and the only uncertified drivers are one's that I know to work.

Again, thanks.

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by:LucF
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>>and the only uncertified drivers are one's that I know to work.<<
Have you tried different drivers?

>>Now, I still get the "limited virtual memory" message, windows starts with no pagefile (I have 1.5 gigs ram)<<
Have you tried putting up a pagefile? That you have 1.5GB of RAM doesn't mean you don't need a pagefile, you'll need at least 2MB for critical paging and a lot of softwares don't like running 100% in conventional RAM.

LucF
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by:jdharris5954
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Yes.  Tried different drivers, and have tried to create pagefile.  Windows acts like it accepts my pagefile settings, but I still get the same result the next time I login to windows.

I appreciate the suggestions though.

-John
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by:LucF
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Could be you have a corrupted pagefile, try booting into recovery console and remove the pagefile from the disk, then boot windows again, see if that works better.

LucF
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by:jdharris5954
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Thanks again.  

I did a restore from recovery console prior to doing the os repair.

Also, there does not seem to be a pagefile.sys file anywhere in sight (yes, I'm viewing hidden files).

-John
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by:jdharris5954
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OK. I feel like an idiot.  Problem solved.

Thank you LucF for your input.

I piece of software I installed over the weekend DID place a PACE Interlok tpkd.sys file on my system.  There is another thread on this site that deals with that situation.  I downloaded a new tpkd.sys from www.paceapp.com and all the problems disappeared.  Amazing that this one older driver file could raise such havoc.

I'm sorry if I wasted anyone's time.  

-John

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by:LucF
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Not a problem at all :)

Great to hear you solved your problem John.

Take care,

LucF
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