Everything was pretty smooth for my upgrade to Windows 8.1 except for the annoying death of my network card after a few minutes. The network connection would disappear and attempts to restart the adapter would fail. A restart would be necessary to get back some network access for a while. And even restarting wouldn’t happen easily:
I would name this the “Blue Screen of Unhappy Emoticon” but I see other people have already called it the “Frowny Face Blue Screen” which sounds a lot better.
The bugcheck in k57nd60a was: 0x0000009f (0x0000000000000004, 0x000000000000012c, 0xffffe00003907040, 0xfffff8039a9b09a0). 0x0000009f is DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE which is only of interest to a software developer.
I found an answer mentioning k57nd60a although a different bugcheck (Win 8 driver_irql_not_less_or_equal k57nd60a.sys) on the Internet which helped. Not the “run CHKDSK” suggestion – that’s something you tell a dim-witted customer to do if you need time to think. Instead,
Go to the Broadcom website and search for the latest Windows 8 drivers available for the Network Card and then install it by following the instructions given in the website. You may download the drivers for the Broadcom NetLinkTM Gigabit Ethernet Card from this link: http://www.broadcom.com/support/ethernet_nic/netlink_k57.php
The existing driver was Microsoft – version 18.104.22.168 – 29/Jan/2013 so newer than Windows 8 RTM. Now I’m running Broadcom – version 22.214.171.124 – 15/Oct/2012 and Steam is happily downloading GBs from the Internet without a hiccup.
Just have to hope Windows doesn’t auto update to the newer Microsoft driver.