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Old 12-06-03, 07:37 PM
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blue screen o' death - DRIVER_IRQL

Crap, when I click on "live game stats" on CBS sportsline.com windows goes to a blue screen with DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL.
Beginning dump of physical memory.

I believe this has to do with a bad/old driver. Would this be a java IE driver? Any help?
Old 12-06-03, 09:10 PM
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You don't happen to have a SB Live card installed do you? The IRQ error you mentioned is hardware related. It was nothing to do Java plug-in.
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your memory went bad. just replace it.
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This error message as stated before is indicative of a hardware failure in most cases. I have personally seen this error be caused by bad memory, incorrect memory timing settings in bios, bad cpu, and defective system board.

So try setting your bios to factory defaults first, if that fixes it, optimize your bios settings but be careful of memory settings or it will happen again. If that doesn't get rid of it, try reseating the memory, cpu and videocards. If that doesn't fix it, try removing 1 stick of memory at a time, this will help you isolate the source of the problem.
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Bad drivers can also cause this problem.
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I got this blue screen error message no less then 200 times in a 2-3 month period with my older Dell 8200. I was getting as many as 6-8 blue screen errors a day. I'd call their tech service and they wanted me to defrag the hard drive



They replaced everything but the RAM and it was still happening.

HD
Processor
video/audio cards
power supply
CD drives...

So it is probably the RAM.

Dell eventually replaced my entire computer with a refurbished one.
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That seems pretty stupid. RAM would be the easiest and most likely thing to replace.
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I had this happen to me before. It happened when I played games or when I did the online robot challenge that came with T2 or just at random.

It wasn't the ram, sound card, video card, cd or dvd drive, it was heat.

I took the sides off the case and the problem was solved instantly.
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I do have SB Live installed (SB Live Drive). I'll try to find an updated driver to see if that fixes the problem. I just opened device manager and found a caution symbol on my multimedia audio controller. I think Windows is looking for the built in audio device on the MB. I disabled and unistalled this.

I do have 2 256 MB cheap RAM chips.

I recently started with a fresh Win2000 system and have the bios set on its factory settings. I had trouble pulling out the HD because one of the memory chips was seated near the HD cable.


* Ok I updated the SB drivers but everytime I restart Windows wants a multimedia audio controller driver. Do I disable this in the bios? I went to live game stats and the page loaded, no blue screen o' death.

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Heat - is a major culprit.

When my house is cold during the wintertime I don't get these problems ... when it gets warm my POS system starts to get unstable because of heat. I usually just put a fan blowing into the mobo to bring it down.

Yeah, I know it's a real bush league way to cool a system but i'm not interested in regular cooling options because of system idiosyncracies. It is an old POS system anyways.
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Originally posted by bill_n_opus
Heat - is a major culprit.

When my house is cold during the wintertime I don't get these problems ... when it gets warm my POS system starts to get unstable because of heat. I usually just put a fan blowing into the mobo to bring it down.

Yeah, I know it's a real bush league way to cool a system but i'm not interested in regular cooling options because of system idiosyncracies. It is an old POS system anyways.
Do you put a cooler of ice in front of the fan too? Hehe j/k. I've been there too.
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No ... but that's not a bad idea though!

I'm going to finally upgrade pretty soon anyways so by that time i'll have all my cooling in order.

Besides, i've been putting off upgrading because if I had a nice system I would tempted to game and hang out on the comp too much and that's a no-no with 3 kids. I just need to surf and keep up with email at the moment.

The upgrading will serve more of a vid editing purpose and such.
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"I'm sorry, but you just don't have what it takes!"

Oh...I thought you said DRIVER_IDOL.
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Here's my story:

Under windows XP my PC would just turn off by itself. I thought it was a heat issue so I took the cover off and had a fan blowing on it.

Then my HD crashed and I said up yours to XP.

I went with 2K3 and I started getting the IRQL blue screen. I swapped out my RAM for some new stuff and the problem went away (about a month without Blue Screens)

Since RAM is super easy to swap I'd start with that.

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