Fix PDC WATCHDOG TIMEOUT Blue Screen Error

The PDC_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT Blue Screen stop error has a bug check value of 0x0000014F and occurs when a system component has failed to respond within the allocated period, preventing the system from exiting connected standby. If you face this BSOD, then some suggestions in this post may help you.

PDC_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT

The PDC_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT bug check has a value of 0x0000014F. This indicates that a system component failed to respond within the allocated time period, preventing the system from exiting connected standby.

PDC_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT

You could try the following suggestions:

  1. Update or Rollback Drivers.
  2. Run Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool.
  3. Disconnect new hardware.
  4. Update the BIOS.

Perform System Restore and see if it makes the problem go away. If not, then boot into Safe Mode with Networking and try the following suggestions.

1] Update or Rollback concerned Drivers

The device driver involved comes under the category of IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers and all the entries like Standard SATA AHCI Controller. These drivers must be up to date – so update these drivers.

If you recently updated this driver, maybe you need to Rollback the driver.

2] Run Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool

Run the Memory Check on your computer. Start by hitting the WINKEY + R button combination to launch the Run utility. Then type in, mdsched.exe and then hit Enter. It will launch the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool and will give out two options-

  1. Restart now and check for problems (Recommended)
  2. Check for problems the next time I start my computer

According to the option selected by you, the computer will restart and check for memory based problems. If you get any issues there, it will fix it automatically else if no issues are detected, this is probably not the cause of the issue.

3] Disconnect new hardware

You can try to disconnect any new hardware device you recently plugged in. This error can also be triggered if the newly installed device is keeping the processor engaged with various instructions like faulty driver installation and more.

Hence, it is recommended to remove any such hardware devices one by one and check if that fixes your issues. And if you find that particular device that triggers the error, you can just check if the latest driver for it is stable enough with your operating system.

4] Update the BIOS

The BIOS is a sensitive part of a computer. Though it is a software component, the functioning of the hardware largely depends on it. Hence, you should be highly careful when modifying anything in the BIOS. I would recommend you to skip this method if you do not know what you are doing or do not know how to do it particularly.

To update the BIOS, start by hitting the WINKEY + R button combination to start the Run box and type in msinfo32 and then finally hit Enter.

This will open System Information. On the bottom, you will find a search field; there you have to search for BIOS Version and hit Enter.

There, you will be able to see the version and developer of the BIOS installed on your computer.

Now, you go to your manufacturer’s website and then get the latest version of BIOS downloaded on to your computer.

If you happen to use a laptop, make sure that you keep it plugged in until this BIOS update is installed.

Double-click on the newly downloaded file to install the new version of the BIOS. Once done, just Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

In a case that you use an assembled CPU to run your copy of Windows 10, it would be pretty complicated for you.

If you do not see a proper manufacturer’s name in the System Information window, you will have to check the website of your motherboard’s manufacturer. Once you visit the website, go to the downloads section of the website to get the latest version of the BIOS for your computer.  Usually, American Megatrends’ are used to assemble computers, but in either case, you can even check Windows Updates for any new version of BIOS available for your computer.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.

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