This article is part of a continuing series on Blue Screen of Death errors. A Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) is the error screen you see when Windows has a major issue. It halts the PC and displays some very important information.
Depending on the error message you get, the steps you need to take are different.
DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION may appear under another error name, but with a code of 0×133.
DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION is very common if you have a Solid State Drive (SSD) in Windows 8. Many SSDs can’t handle Windows 8 correctly until you update the firmware on the drive. Firmware means memory and code on the device itself that controls it. The newer the firmware, the more likely it is to handle something new. (For example, if you own a Blu-Ray player, odds are you’ve updated it at least once through the Internet. That’s firmware.)
To update the firmware of your SSD, you first need to retrieve the model number.
Choose the manufacturer’s site, if available. In my case, I had a Crucial drive, and I was able to find clear PDF instructions and a file that auto-updated my firmware.
Once you perform this update and reboot, you shouldn’t get the error anymore.
We’ve been seeing this issue even on Windows 8 PCs that don’t have solid state drives. If your drive is more than 256 gigabytes, it’s likely it’s a traditional hard drive.
In this case, update all the drivers on your PC. Run Windows Update, and also try Driver Reviver to update all the drivers on your PC with one click.
Here’s a page on Microsoft’s website about this specific BSoD error. It’s pretty technical, but worth checking out if the above solutions don’t work.
Steve Horton has been working with computers for over 20 years. He's dedicated to helping people get the most out of their PCs, and likes playing cards and writing comics.
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