After BSOD, video is acting weird

By jram76
Dec 1, 2007
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  1. Hello everyone, new to this forum and hoping somebody can give me some input on a video problem i have been having and have updated my profile with some specs.


    I recently ran into a bsod that stated IRQL_LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL. This happended while playing Tabula Rasa and using skype at the same time. After i was forced to reboot, I noticed static bands of colored pixels in rows across my screen that only appeared on my splashscreen when booting, and before XP could finish loading it bsod with the same error message.

    I did research on the error and got many different possibilities, such as faulty ram, overheated cpu, bad drivers, something wrong with BIOS... however my symptoms are a bit different. I checked my cpu for overheating, didnt go over 50c, and i pulled out sticks of ram and tested them indivually,checked my fans and all are spinning, i checked my IRQs and nothing seems odd, just one or two things sharing a number.

    I had my suspicion that it was a video problem and decided to uninstall my nvidia drivers and install the latest. Half way through the installation of the driver, it bsod with the same IRQL_LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL message. Based on that im pretty sure its the video card but i dont have a spare PCI-E card to test my theory so I would like some second thoughts on this before i go buy a new video card.
  2. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 2,031

    Hello, jram76, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

    Please take a moment to read the following threads to make your experience here as enjoyable as possible :)

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    If you could take a minute to fill in some of your profile information that would be helpful to all members of the forum :)
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    Also remember to post any problems or questions that you have in the appropriate forums

    With regards to your problem, it definitely sounds to me as though the graphics card is broken, possibly overheated and fried itself.
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