Since I have started using Power BI, I experience regular Windows crashes. Most of the BSOD crashes report DPC Watchdog violations.
I didn't think for a second that there could be a relation to the use of Power BI Desktop, since these types of crashes are normally caused by hardware or driver errors. On my desktop I have upgraded all drivers for sound, video and network, but the crashes remain. In 99% of the cases the system crashes when I am using Power BI.
Now I am also using Power BI Deskop on my laptop and to my surprise I see the same crashes when using Power BI Desktop and ONLY when I'm using Power BI Desktop. Same reason: DPC Watchdog violations.
Coincidence? Maybe, since both systems run Windows 10 and Windows could be the culprit here. However, there seems to be a connection to Power BI, since the laptop only crashes when using PBI Desktop.
What I noticed on my desktop is that just before the crash, there is a degredation in sound quality and the mouse pointer moves slowly and choppy.
As said, the relation with Power BI Desktop is far fetched, but I'm curiuous if anyone else is experiencing similar problems.
I know the problem is related to a driver, in this case it's seems to be network related. It just draw my attention to Power BI, because it seems to be the process running during the crash. I guess PBI just uses the network intensively and therefore has a bigger chance to be in the picture when a network driver causes a Bluescreen Error: DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION.
I thought to give it a try to see if other PBI users had similar issues. I guess not.
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