This blog is mostly for me to remember what I did to fix the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) problem with my new laptop.
First of all I HATE Windows with every fiber of my being. However, I have a CNC machine and the best design software in the world comes from Vectric which is Windows only. So I bought a cheap laptop. An Acer Aspire 5 A514-54-501Z from Walmart. Not sure when it happened, but probably after an update or installation of some program but I started getting the dreaded BSOD with only a KMODE Exception Not Handled. The computer would boot loop with the BSOD every time but if I did a hard shutdown and restart it would boot however, then it would start without Wifi Drivers. The next reboot would clear it up.
That’s too much frustration. Googling the KMODE error basically just said “It”s probably a driver issue” with no more details. Since it seemed the Wifi driver wasn’t getting loaded after a BSOD I guessed it was that one. I did a Search For New Driver in Device Manager and it said I had the latest. Yeah. Not true. Seems there was a new Wifi Driver put up about 2 weeks ago. Probably for the BSOD issue. My device showed as this in the Device Manager
Wireless LAN Driver (MT7921)
And since I updated it I have not had any more issues. So if you have one of these Acer Aspire 5’s Windows Update doesn’t fix this and neither does the Acer Care app pick up on a newer driver. You gotta go old school on this driver issue.
Anyway, I did the hard detective work on this one so you don’t have to.