driver_irql_not_less_or_equal error

  chalkyman1990 04:03 13 Dec 2009

I have been getting this only recently, it rarely comes up with the blue screen that displays this error though, normally just crashes. I have not recently changed any of the hardware and I do not believe there to be any software changes.

My pc is custom built, here is the specs:

System Information
Time of this report: 12/13/2009, 04:03:46
Machine name: MAX-PC
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.090804-1412)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 1186MB used, 2752MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

Display Devices
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 8800 GT
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0611&SUBSYS_82671043&REV_A2
Display Memory: 512.0 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 720 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0011.6921 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 12/4/2007 17:41:00, 5773568 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
VDD: n/a

At first I thought it was my cpu overheating, as it did sometimes get quite hot (about 64c) but I have now bought a new cpu heatsink/fan and it stables around 54c now. By the way it crashes it appears to be the ram, things lose framerate etc and run slow before it just locks up. If you can offer any advice or help I will be much appreciative. =]

  Jollyjohn 08:02 13 Dec 2009


A repair of windows will sort this out.
Insert your windows cd and reboot.
Press any key to boot from cd.
Proceed as if installing windows, accept the licence agreement. You will now get the option to repair the existing installation.
You will need your cd key. If your pc is connected to the internet it will automatically activate windows on the first reboot.
Once complete I would install Service pack 3.

  birdface 10:31 13 Dec 2009

Try Device manager to see if any yellow exclamation marks beside any of your drivers.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:00 13 Dec 2009

click here

Memory problems---DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_less_or equal
MemTest Version 2.5 click here

  chalkyman1990 16:37 13 Dec 2009

The first time I got the blue screen it was this error: stop: 0x00000004 (0x00000000, 0x0000001c, 0x00000000, 0x80537362)

but the next time it was stop: 0x0000007F


I would repair via windows disc, but it's at home, I am currently at uni.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:47 13 Dec 2009

Both possible hardware failures

if you have not added any hardware then possible memory failing run memtest.

  chalkyman1990 19:24 13 Dec 2009

I cant run mem test, it crashes too often, wont ever complete it.

Just got a new error message as well, seems it is different each time.

stop: 0x000000D1


  woodchip 22:14 13 Dec 2009

Have a read of this, click here
It may give you some ideas on what to check

  chalkyman1990 23:40 13 Dec 2009

I just tested each individual stick on ram on its own, and it crashed with both after around 10minutes playing itunes. I then tested in safe mode with network and it crashed there after around the same time.

I am running out of ideas here. I still dont know if it is a hardware or software problem. Could it be my cpu at all?

assuming it is not a hardware issue, then a complete wipe of the harddrive would fix it, would it not?

  chalkyman1990 01:39 14 Dec 2009

Ok, upon speaking to a friend he informed me it is a likely cpu failure.

It just crashed again and I got a different error message this time.

stop: 0x8E

since my pc was built, about a year ago now, the cpu has idled at around 58c or so. I knew this was stupidly hot but never bothered to do anything about it. Now i've got a new cpu fan it idles around 39c. Much better.

Could these crashes be caused by having it at such a high constant temperature for so long?

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