I have a new Dell XPS13 9370, tag <Service tag removed> which is crashing with a blue-screen often. It crashes with BAD_POOL_HEADER, SECURITY_CHECK_FAILUER, or most common IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL. It seems to crash most often under "high" CPU load. I was able to reproduce it by running the IETU CPU Stress test for just a minute or 2, it would crash every time. The CPU would instantly jump to 100c and the fans would pick up, but it would crash a minute in at most, but at random times. Throughout the day, just doing light web browsing and such, it would crash 6+ times a day.
To attempt to fix the issue I checked that all drivers were installed at the latest versions (Oct 9th, 2018) and that the BIOS was the latest version (including some fan fixes, but it was already current). I then installed the Dell Power Manager:
* Dell-Power-Manager-Service_DY59W_WIN64_3.0.0_A00.EXE - Dell website
* Dell Power Manager - Windows 10 store
This did seem to change the behavior, now I could run the full CPU test for 10+ minutes with no crash! The fans seemed to kick on higher and while the CPU jumps to 100c, it only stays there for maybe 5 seconds, the fans have kicked into high gear and it stays around 80c for the duration of the load test. Of course, its thermal and power limit throttling the whole time, but at least it does not crash. However, it still crashes randomly throughout the day, less frequently, but still crashes (about 2 times per day instead of 6+). So its a step in the right direction. I wanted to see if there were any settings in the Dell Power Manager, but there are no settings. There is only 1 tab, the "Battery Information", the screenshots online show more tabs along the left, which are completely missing. Further, when starting, it warns "Install the DPM component service from Dell.com before using the application.", but I thought that was the component above that IS installed.
So, I have 2 questions:
1. Does anyone know what driver or component that is missing to allow the fan controls to show up in the Dell Power Manager?
2. Has anyone else had issues with frequent blue-screens on this device? I have seen some complaints online, including at least 1 person who said he re-applied the thermal paste to the CPU and it fixed his over-heat issues. Perhaps there is some units that were shipped with some kind of assembly issue? Should I RMA the unit?
Well I have a XPS 13 9370 and it has the BSOD problem, restarts about once per hour. I installed the power manager, to no effect.
The problem seems to be worse while the TB16 dock is attached.
Thanks for posting. Apologies that your system is not performing as expected.
Here is some information from the Dell Knowledge Base you may find helpful:
and a short video: BSOD: How to Fix Blue Screen Errors
My XPS 13 9370 was also experiencing frequent crashing an rebooting. I tried the video (F2 on reboot) suggested by some in the community and it didn't solve the crashing. I did notice it crashed most frequent when running heavy computation so I decided to disable the Turbo option (F2 on reboot) and it hasn't crashed for more than 3 hours so far.
Did a clean install, tried to use Dell Support Assist to make sure all drivers were updated, kept freezing, then crashing. Did another clean install. Tried to use Dell Support Assist. Froze, crashed (BSOD again, Bad Pool Caller I think?), about every 2 minutes after booting up. Found a post on Reddit about Dell Support Assist causing the issue, did a clean install, haven't gone anywhere near Dell Support Assist. No further issues.