Besides the obvious "ditch Win2k" answer, I'd like to try to
resolve a problem I'm having with my Win2kPro SP4 system.
I am getting a BSOD "Bad_Pool_Caller" when I visit certain
It started sporadically about a year ago. A minor annoyance
not enough to worry about at the time because it was so
infrequent. Actually, it started with only one web page in
that and the page would load ok. So whenever visiting that
one page, I just disabled JS for the duration and all was fine.
But recently, it's started happening to more and more sites.
It is repeatable. I can go back to the same web page and get
the same result. Disabling JS stops the crashing. But still,
it only happened maybe once a week.
Anyway, that was with Firefox 3.5.6. I recently upgraded to
8.0.1 for other reasons and now the BSOD is happening daily.
I had hoped for it to go away.
I've since enabled minidumps on crash so I can get more info.
It is always caused by Win32k.sys.
Sometimes, just before the crash I will get a popup from my
software firewall for an outbound connection request by
"Services and Controller App" to what turns out to be my DNS
server (I currently use OpenDNS). This may or may not be
related as it doesn't always happen.
Virus scan shows nothing, not that that is 100% reliable.
Any ideas of how to figure this out?
I want to avoid erasing and reinstalling Firefox (PITA) or a
flatten & rebuild. If those turn out to be the only options,
then I guess it'll be time to lay Win2k to rest. This system
is otherwise stable and very usable, and rebulding from
scratch would be a serious investment in time due to the
number of programs installed. In fact, I know one program
would be a loss unless a replacement install CD can be found.
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