I am running Windows XP SP3 and Google Chrome 41.0.2272.118. Whenever I was accessing Facebook or YouTube in Chrome, in few seconds Windows XP (SP3) was crashing with blue screen (BSOD) with either of these errors:
A process or thread crucial to system operation has unexpectedly exited or been terminated.
STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0xNNNNNNNN, 0xNNNNNNNN, 0x805D22DA)
After this, whenever I restarted my computer, its hard disk was becoming inaccessible. CMOS was not able to detect HDD. Then I used to change ATE/IDE mode from Native to Legacy, after that it was becoming accessible again. (I was then making sure to set the mode back to Native and rebooting the machine.)
I was thinking the problem was with my HDD and tried run utilities to detect bad sectors. I ran Seagate’s SeaTools and MiniTool Partition Wizard. However, both the tools crashed with blue screen then HDD going inaccessible after reboot. MiniTool Partition Wizard caused crash in few minutes while SeaTools took hours before it caused BSOD. I then tried running chkdsk /r /f on boot but it stuck at “CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5).”
I tried uninstalling and re-installing Chrome (Google Chrome 41.0.2272.118) but NO USE. Frustrated, I didn’t know what to do. Then I narrowed down on Chrome plugins. Since Firefox was not giving any trouble, I thought to find difference between Chrome and Firefox plugin. Then I realized in Chrome built-in plugin Adobe Flash Player was Enabled. I disabled it. I then accessed Facebook and YouTube. This time Chrome did not crash the system and it kept running smoothly.
So Adobe Flash Player was the culprit. I had trouble with Adobe Flash Player in the past as well. It is CRAP. This time it wasted two days.
Here are details of the plug-in:
Adobe Flash Player – Version: 18.104.22.168 (Disabled)
Shockwave Flash 17.0 r0
Name: Shockwave Flash
Description: Shockwave Flash 17.0 r0
Location: C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\41.0.2272.118\PepperFlash\pepflashplayer.dll
Type: PPAPI (out-of-process)
MIME type Description File extensions
application/x-shockwave-flash Shockwave Flash
application/futuresplash FutureSplash Player
Currently my problem (of BSOD due to Chrome) is solved. But remained these questions still unsolved:
1. Why Google has still kept this defective piece as built-in plug-in for Chrome? (If you google, you’ll find Adobe Flash player plugin has caused many problems including BSODs.)
2. If the plugin was trying to play video and crashed with BSOD, why would my HDD goes inaccessible after reboot?
3. Why chkdsk would freeze at “CHKDSK is verifying file data” ?
4. Why SeaTools and MiniTool Partition Wizard also crash with BSOD and what else can be done to detect bad sectors (if at all they exists on my HDD) ?