DRIVER VERIFIER DMA VIOLATION error in Windows 10 [FIXED]

Milan Stanojevic
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  • Every PC requires drivers in order to work properly with hardware, and if your drivers are outdated or just not compatible with Windows 10, you’ll probably get a Blue Screen of Death error.
  • Several users reported that installing the latest chipset drivers fixed the problem, so be sure to download chipset drivers first, and then download drivers for all other major hardware components.
  • BSoD are useful because they prevent hardware damage. Come to our BSoD troubleshooting Hub if you need any assistance with other BSoD errors.
  • Don't look for the computer technician's number yet. Try to fix the problem yourself by reading our articles from the Windows 10 errors Hub.
     
How to fix DRIVER VERIFIER DMA VIOLATION error in Windows 10

BSoD errors are one of the most serious errors that you can encounter, and it’s common for these errors to crash Windows 10 and restart your PC in order to prevent damage.

These types of errors can be serious, therefore today we’re going to show you how to fix DRIVER VERIFIER DMA VIOLATION error.

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How can I fix DRIVER VERIFIER DMA VIOLATION BSoD error?

  1. Update your drivers and install the latest Windows 10 updates
  2. Run the Hardware Troubleshooter 
  3. Run the SFC scan
  4. Run DISM
  5. Update your SSD firmware
  6. Update your BIOS
  7. Perform System Restore
  8. Reset Windows 10
  9. Check for faulty hardware

Fix – DRIVER VERIFIER DMA VIOLATION Windows 10 error

Solution 1 – Update your drivers and install the latest Windows 10 updates

Every PC requires drivers in order to work properly with hardware, and if your drivers are outdated or just not compatible with Windows 10, you’ll probably get a Blue Screen of Death error.

To fix these problems, it’s highly recommended that you download and install the latest drivers, and you can do that by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X on your keyboard to open Power User Menu and choose Device Manager from the list.
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  2. When Device Manager opens, locate the driver you wish to update, right click it and choose Update Driver Software.
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  3. Select Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows 10 will now download and install the best driver for your PC.
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Many users tend to download their drivers manually since Device Manager doesn’t always download the latest drivers.

To download drivers manually you just need to visit your hardware manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your device.

Bear in mind that you’ll have to update all drivers on your PC in order to fix this error.

Several users reported that installing the latest chipset drivers fixed the problem, so be sure to download chipset drivers first, and then download drivers for all other major hardware components.

We have to mention that it’s also important that you download the latest Windows 10 updates if you want to keep your PC stable and error-free.

Windows 10 has few minor issues with certain hardware and software, and sometimes these issues can cause errors such as DRIVER VERIFIER DMA VIOLATION to appear.

To fix these errors it’s important that you use Windows Update and download the latest patches.

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Microsoft is frequently releasing new patches, and many of these patches bring new features, security improvements and various bug fixes related to both hardware and software, so be sure that you install them.

Update drivers automatically

Searching for drivers on your own can be time-consuming. So, we advise you to use a tool that will do this for you automatically.

Using an automatic driver updater will certainly save you from the hassle of searching for drivers manually, and it will always keep your system up to date with the latest drivers.

Tweakbit’s Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus) will help you update drivers automatically and prevent PC damage caused by installing the wrong driver versions. 

After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best-automatized solution.

Here is a quick guide on how to use it:

  1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updaterdriver updater starting window
  2. Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
    scanning proccess of Tweakbit driver updater
  3. Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the Update driver link next to the driver name. Or simply click the Update all button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
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    Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the Update button several times until all of its components are installed.

Solution  2 – Run the Hardware Troubleshooter 

If updating your drivers didn’t resolve the issue, let’s try with Windows 10’s own troubleshooting tools. The first tool we’re going to use is the unified troubleshooter from the Settings page.

This tool can resolve various kinds of issues, including the BSOD errors.

To run Windows 10’s troubleshooting tool, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Update & Security section.
  2. Select Troubleshoot from the menu on the left.
  3. Select BSOD from the right pane and click Run the troubleshooter.Troubleshooting BSoD
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooter.

Solution 3 – Run the SFC scan

If Windows 10’s troubleshooter didn’t get the job done, let’s try another one. The SFC scan is a command-line tool that scans the system and searches for potential issues.

So, it can be useful when dealing with the DRIVER VERIFIER DMA VIOLATION error.

Here’s how to run the SFC scan in Windows 10:

  1. Right-click on the Start Menu button, and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Enter the following line and press Enter: sfc/scannow
  3. Wait until the process is done (it may take a while).
  4. If the solution is found, it will automatically be applied.
  5. Now, close the Command Prompt and restart your computer.

Solution 4 – Run DISM

And the third troubleshooter we’re going to use is DISM. This tool is perhaps the most powerful out of three, as it reloads the Windows 10 system image.

We’ll walk you through both standard and the procedure that utilizes the installation media below:

  • Standard way
  1. Right-click Start and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Paste the following command and press Enter:
      • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  3. Wait until the scan is finished.
  4. Restart your computer and try updating again.
  • With the Windows installation media
  1. Insert your Windows installation media.
  2. Right-click the Start menu and, from the menu, choose the Command Prompt (Admin).
  3. In the command line, type the following commands and press Enter after each:
    • dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
    • dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  4. Now, type the following command and press Enter:
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:SourcesInstall.wim:1 /LimitAccess
  5. Make sure to change an X value with the letter of the mounted drive with Windows 10 installation.
  6. After the procedure is finished, restart your computer.

Solution 5 – Update your SSD firmware

If you have Windows 10 installed on your SSD, we suggest that your update your SSD firmware. Outdated firmware can sometimes cause DRIVER VERIFIER DMA  VIOLATION and other BSoD errors, so be sure that you update it.

We have to mention that updating SSD firmware is a somewhat risky procedure, and if you don’t perform it properly you can cause permanent damage to your SSD and lose all your files, so be extra careful if you decide to update your SSD firmware.

Solution 6 – Update your BIOS

Sometimes outdated BIOS can cause Blue Screen of Death errors to appear, and if your BIOS is outdated we advise that you upgrade it to a newer version.

Upgrading BIOS brings new features and allows your motherboard to work with different hardware, but bear in mind that BIOS update is an advanced procedure, therefore be extra careful if you decide to do it because you can cause irreversible damage to your motherboard.

Before you decide to update your BIOS, be sure to check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions.

Solution 7 – Perform System Restore

If the DRIVER VERIFIER DMA VIOLATION BSoD error is caused by certain third-party software, you can easily fix it by performing a System Restore. To restore your system, follow these steps:

  1. Restart your computer few times during the boot sequence to start Automatic Repair.
  2. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Restore.
  3. Select your username and enter your password.
  4. Select Choose a different restore point and click Next.
  5. Choose a restore point you wish to return to and click Next.
  6. Wait for the process to finish.

Solution 8 – Reset Windows 10

If System Restore didn’t fix the problem, you might have to perform Windows 10 reset.

Before you start resetting your PC, we strongly suggest that you create a backup for your important files since this procedure will delete all files from your C partition.

You might also need a bootable USB flash drive with Windows 10 in order to complete this step, so be sure to create one. To perform Windows 10 reset, do the following:

  1. Start Automatic Repair by restarting your computer a few times during the boot.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything. You might get asked to insert Windows 10 installation media, so be sure to have a bootable USB flash drive ready.
  3. Select Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files and click the Reset button.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen and complete the reset.

Solution 9 – Check for faulty hardware

Hardware issues are common cause for BSoD errors, therefore we strongly advise you to check if your hardware is working properly.

Several users reported that DRIVER VERIFIER DMA VIOLATION error was fixed after replacing the faulty RAM, so be sure to check your RAM first.

If RAM is not the problem, check if all other hardware components are working properly.

Blue Screen of Death errors such as DRIVER VERIFIER DMA VIOLATION can create many problems, but you can easily fix this error by using one of our solutions.

FAQ: Read more about the DRIVER VERIFIER DMA VIOLATION error

  • What is the DRIVER VERIFIER DMA VIOLATION error?

The DRIVER VERIFIER DMA VIOLATION is a BSoD error that can be caused by various hardware or software issues. However, the most common cause is a problem with a driver.

  • How can I fix the DRIVER VERIFIER DMA VIOLATION error?

Make sure that all the drivers are updated and install the latest Windows 10 updates. If the problem persists, read our full guide on how to fix this problem.

  • What is DMA?

DMA is an acronym for Direct Memory Access, and it’s a computer feature to allow certain hardware to access the main system memory (the RAM), independent of the CPU.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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