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Today when starting my computer up i have encountered a BSOD saying
nv4_mini.sys "driver_unloaded_without_cancelling_pending_operations"
I have tried doing a windows repair install. By loading from Windows XP CD

-To setup windows xp now press Enter
-Then pressed R to repair current install
-It went through the whole process and then after is asked to restart windows (where it goes to the next step of install) It still comes up with the BSOD and never reaches the next step of the install

I am assuming my only option is a clean install of windows correct? I have searched and googled the problem but nothing came up frown.gif
I have never encountered this problem before and my system has been stable for months and have passed for over 24 hours of stress testing with safe temps/voltages, so I highly doubt this is from the overclock.

Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated! ! !
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the chkdsk /r command was unsucessful?

Have you tried booting in safe mode and unistall the nvidia drivers?
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I cannot boot in safemode frown.gif So i just installed windows on a different hard drive and i will try saving my data from the other one frown.gif
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Have you tried system restore?
If you can't boot into windows, you probably will have to perform a clean install... :/
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post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by Schnupper;12635148 
Today when starting my computer up i have encountered a BSOD saying
nv4_mini.sys "driver_unloaded_without_cancelling_pending_operations"
I have tried doing a windows repair install. By loading from Windows XP CD

-To setup windows xp now press Enter
-Then pressed R to repair current install
-It went through the whole process and then after is asked to restart windows (where it goes to the next step of install) It still comes up with the BSOD and never reaches the next step of the install

I am assuming my only option is a clean install of windows correct? I have searched and googled the problem but nothing came up frown.gif
I have never encountered this problem before and my system has been stable for months and have passed for over 24 hours of stress testing with safe temps/voltages, so I highly doubt this is from the overclock.

Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated! ! !

Unfortunatly a clean install may or may not help. The problem is being caused by the Nvidia driver.

The best approach to this problem would be to load up your Windows cd, and press "R" to enter the recovery software. This will take you to a DOS style interface.

Once your've gone into this, locate the nv4_mini.sys file which is normally located at C:\Windows\System32\Drivers given that your installation is at C:
and rename nv4_mini.sys to nv4_mini.sys.old or nv4_mini.sys.bak so long as you change the end part.

To get to this type: cd C:\Windows\System32\Drivers
Then rename the file by typing: rename nv4_mini.sys nv4_mini.sys.old
Then type: Exit

When your computer restarts, you should be able to get straight into XP. Unless you have other issues on your drive. All you need to do after that is download the newest drivers for your graphics card from the nVidia website.

The problem seems to occur from SP2 onwards. Annoying, but thats M$ for you.
post #6 of 7
I'm not active in this forum, but I was having a severe problem during In-Place Reinstallation of Xp SP3 (from the original CD-ROM media).
During the XP setup process, nv4_mini stops the interim reboot and there's no way around it, within the upgrade procedure.
A hideously horrible thing to see ( the BSOD ) when you're trying to fix your computer and sinking more and more time into this miserable situation.

I was trying to boot from alternate media and still be able to mount the local hard drive ( C: ) and be able to manipulate its files.
I reached for the latest version of Hiren's BootCD (for some reason, an old version booting mini-Xp fell into the Windows setup routine)
and while I used its Mini-Xp GUI environment I was able to apply the very helpful nv4_mini.sys suggestion listed above ( from Key2sanity ).
C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\nv4_mini.sys
( Before that, I tried doing Autoruns (within this mini-Xp boot environment), analyzing the C:\ profile, turned off any NVidia items ...
but that doesn't get around this included Windows driver loading action. )

After renaming the offending file ( nvr_mini.sys ) and rebooting on the internal C:\ volume again
(whereupon it asked for the installation media, since I was still in the midst of the upgrade),
the Xp setup procedure continued w/o complaint.


Thanks for the tip ! Larry
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Thanks for posting this information!! It worked Great for me!!! thumb.gif
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