BSOD on Windows 8 – SSD Issue?

Last night I got a BSOD with an error called DPC_Watchdog_Violation. I searched for it and many claim it might have something to do with my SSD and its firmware being old. I’m running a SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX240GG25 with firmware R112. Apparently it’s an old version so I decided to update it. I installed the toolkit and it told me the latest (as of February 8, 2013) is R211. I went ahead and created a USB boot disk from the utility.

I rebooted and when I got to the install screen I couldn’t use my keyboard. I’m using a Logitech K750 wireless keyboard. Then I thought maybe the driver isn’t supported if it’s a wireless keyboard. I plugged in a wired USB keyboard on a different port, restarted, and it was the same thing.

firmware interface

I ended up calling tech support. They told me to try and burn an ISO on CD. I didn’t want to waste a CD for a 10MB file but oh well I just want to update the firmware. Same thing with booting off the CD.

Then I switched USB ports again for my wired USB keyboard, and there it was. The patch installed in about 2 seconds. I rebooted and hopefully I don’t get the BSOD anymore.

FoxIt PhantomPDF and Windows 8

I’ve trying out the demo for FoxIt’s PhantomPDF software. I was able to install the trial version 5.4x. Today, I tried to use it and an update popped up. I told it to update it and I get the following error.


I Googled the error and didn’t find anything. I tried to right-click on the installer and see if I can run it as administrator but the option isn’t there. Is it not compatible? But how was I able to run it for about a week until this update. I have emailed tech support. We’ll see what they say.

I wish PDF support was built in on Windows like it is with Apple. I really don’t want to pay for Adobe Acrobat since all I need is to scan to PDF and print to PDF. Maybe I’ll check out Nuance.

UPDATE: So after looking around my file system, the folder is indeed locked. I tried to use command prompt as administrator to try to manipulate it and it won’t work. I ended up using Unlocker. I still wasn’t able to delete it (it’s empty) but I was able to delete it after restarting. Not sure what happened but now I’m able to install the newer version.

My Windows 8 Adventure

Windows 8 is here and Microsoft is offering multiple editions (again). I never thought I would be one of those who would buy the wrong version on accident but this time around I ended up making the mistake. Maybe this is why Microsoft releases so many different versions. Why can’t they be like Apple when they release OSX, there’s just the regular version (that covers new installations and upgrades) and the Server version. Very easy to distinguish between the two.

So the plan is to remove my RAID0 SSD (2x Kingston 120GB SSD). I decided to get rid of the RAID0 after I found out that RAID0 trim support can only be found in 7-series motherboards. I decided to get one Sandisk Extreme 240GB SSD drive. I was able to get it for only $120 a few months ago and it has been sitting around waiting for me to use it.

Below are some pics I took. You will notice two copies of Windows 8. The white box is the Windows 8 Full OEM version I got from Newegg. The other is the Windows 8 Pro from Best Buy.



I’ll take the blame for getting the wrong version from Newegg. I guess I just didn’t notice that the title didn’t have “Pro”. All I kept trying to look for is the full version and not upgrade. The best deal I found was the Best Buy one – for $70 – but the there is no clear way to tell whether or not it’s the full version or upgrade. The Newegg disc is what I used to install since it clearly says “Full”. I planned on returning the other copy at Best Buy. After installation and registering, I was trying to install the free Pro Pack but was unable to. After an hour of trying to figure it out, I checked the System Properties and did not see “Pro” in the Windows version. I double checked the box and it was the same thing.

I ended up re-installing with the Best Buy box and was able to install it as a full version. It’s weird the URL I posted above links to the product but it now says “upgrade” yet I was able to install it without any version of Windows on my hard drive. Anyways, it comes with both 32 and 64bit discs. Now I’m up and running and Metro is going to take some time to get use to.