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Windows XP forum: DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL errors

by: Nero Gray January 7, 2006 11:26 PM PST

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by Nero Gray - 1/7/06 11:26 PM


Just a few days ago I put a new computer together and have been since bombarded with DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL errors. I can't even boot from XP cd to do a fresh install or repair. BIOS itself is unstable and crashes even before I can make any changes and save and exit. I will post some info and hope to get some help, Ive tried everything I could think of.

I have tried all of these combinations to make sure that specific pieces of hardware are not causing it.

MB: ASUS A8N-VM CSM latest bios 0506
CPU: Athlon 64 3800+ rev e
RAM: Tried all of these - Corsair XMS CMX512-3200P (single and dual stick), Elixir 512 PC 3200U, Corsair ValueSelect VS512MB400
CD: tried all of these separately (latest firmware):
Plextor Plexwriter Premium, Sony DRU510a, Pioneer 105 (??) old one, slot insert
HDD: Maxtor 160GB 6Y160P0
Power: Antec True 480w or Mad Dog SurePower 500w
GFX: GeForce FX 6800GT 256
GeForce FX 7800GT 256
Audio: M-Audio Delta 66

I am now running barebones, with just the plexwriter and hdd going with one 512 stick of Corsair TwinX ram. Onboard graphics chipset 6150. Onboard audio disabled. I have no minidumps to post.

errors I was able to catch from BSOD and write down.

STOP: 0X000000D1 (0X00515CBF, 0X000000FF, 0X00000001, 0XF700FE4B)

STOP: 0X0000008E

STOP: 0X000000C2 (0X00000007, 0X00000CD4, 0X00000001, 0XE1006998)

Sometimes I get the atapi.sys message for crashing it.

I'm sure there were other errors come up on BSOD as well but I have not yet written them down. I will add more errors as I catch them. The funny thing is, I have XP pro installed right now from the old system and if I choose to not boot from cd and try to re-install windows, I can sometimes get in and it seems stable but I haven't tried running anything really intensive. I will be most grateful for any help. =)


P.S. Basically, I am ready to return the MB, CPU and RAM to the vendor as faulty and get it replaced, but I would like to know if it is indeed faulty or if there is something I can fix without wasting the shipping time.

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