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Bsod + Irql Not Equal Or Less ?!?

By tommyraejnr
Dec 8, 2005
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  1. Hi Forum, Iahve been getting recurring nightmares. every now and again when loading Photoshop or starting up a large program my computer, blinks to the BSOD and i get the message IRQL_NOT_EQUAL_OR_LESS and another messaage i get is PFN_LIST_CORRUPT....Hmm i dont undertstand..

    I have tested my memory and it passes 6 out of 6 tests withe microsofts program

    I have installed Speed fan and it says all is good..

    i have checked my drivers and i think they are ok too...

    please help... any information you require or any thing you wish me to do/test/download or provide please ask... i would love to resolve this problem ASAP..

    I'm a novice at this, so please be patient if i'm a bit clueless.

    Cheers
    Tommy
  2. cpc2004

    cpc2004 TS Rookie Posts: 2,044

    Hi Tommy,

    The culprit is faulty memory. You can run memtest to stress the ram. If memtest reports the ram is faulty, ram is bad. However Memtest is not a perfect tool to test the memory as some faulty ram can pass memtest.

    Suggestion
    1. Check the temperature of the CPU and make sure that it is not overheat (ie temperature < 60C)
    Make sure that the CPU fan works properly
    2. Reseat the memory stick to another memory slot. Reseat video card as well.
    3. Downclock the ram. Check to default setting if you video card is overclocked.
    4. Clean the dust inside the computer case
    5. Make sure that the ram is compatible to the motherboard
    6. Check the bios setting about memory timing and make sure that it is on
    For example : DIMM1 and DIMM2 do not have the same timing.
    DIMM1: Corsair CMX512-3200C2 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (2.5-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz) (2.0-3-3-7 @ 166 MHz)
    DIMM2: Corsair CMX512-3200C2 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (3.0-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz)
    DIMM3: Corsair CMX512-3200C2 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (3.0-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz)
    7. Make sure that your PSU have adequate power to drive all the hardware including USB devices
    8. Run chkdsk /r at command prompt
    9. Run 3DMark 2005 to test your video card
    10. Upgrade BIOS

    If it still crashes, diagnostic which memory stick is faulty
    Take out one memory stick. If windows does not crash, the removed memory stick is faulty.
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