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bad driver???

By Soap
Feb 24, 2004
  1. i have been getting bsod which seems to be happening every 3 days. the message i get is below with what http://www.adare.ca/stop.htm says causes it to happen.


    0x0000000A: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL - Usually cause by bad driver or incompatible hardware/software.


    my question is if this is a correct cause how can i find out which driver is causing it? is there a program or something which does this???

    thank you for any help.
     
  2. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Try checking your event viewer. It should tell you what is causing those stop messages.
     
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Bad memory or hard disk can also cause this error... As well as bad CPU and a host of other things. ;)

    But yes, drivers are very likely. My next guess would be memory or hard disk.

    What I might do is attempt to update my drivers for video, sound, IDE / chipset, modem, netcard etc... Just the basic components.

    I don't think there's any real way (at least practical anyway) to determine what the exact cause is.

    You may also want to perform a memory test and disk test. www.memtest86.com and your hard drive can be tested by a manufacturer's diagnostic. Check out the storage forum for a drive utility.
     
  4. Soap

    Soap TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 72

    thank you for the help ill try it out. i have a program called tufftest would that be good enough to test the hard drive and memory with???
     
  5. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Might work, but I would recommend trying one of these. Find your specific manufacturer and use their program.
     
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