BSOD With Random Restarts

By Benj28
Jun 14, 2008
  1. Okey a week or two ago the computer began to BSOD with the error IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL, also recently the screen has completely blacked out but the computer is still on. I have tried removing the memory 1 stick at a time and also removing the graphics card but no hope. When the computer randomly blacks out there is no log in the event viewer what so ever. I have looked at the crash dumps and can't seem to find the cause of the errors. If someone could help that would be great

    Below I have attatched some recent crash dumps
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    4 of your 5 minidumps all specifically cite the same culprit: memory corruption.

    Run Mem test for a minimum of 7 passes though if errors occur sooner then run this test on each individual stick to see which ones are faulty. Replace said RAM.
  3. Benj28

    Benj28 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have been trying to run memtest but no luck as i don't have a spare floppy disk and the only CD's we have avilable are DVD's which i think would be a waste. I could use the USB version but don't know how to create a bootable sector on them.
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    If you have a CD it would be a "waste" also considering how little space it uses. But this isn't the point. The point is it can be stored as a utility and used whenever you want it. Burn it on DVD.
  5. Benj28

    Benj28 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okey I will try and get hold of one from my brother who is the one who buys them for burning

    also i have had both sticks in today and havn't come across a problem yet, i did remove a mountain of old drivers that weren't used. I will still run memtest to be sure
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Good. It will at least eliminate corrupted memory as a possibility but keep in mind on rare occasions bad RAM can pass MemTest.

    If you cleaned up a bunch of old drivers and you have stability I would see how your system runs 24-48 hours and if no crashes occur that may have been your issue after all. Old drivers unused and left installed can cause all kinds of issues.

    Keeo us up-to-date.
  7. Benj28

    Benj28 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Will do i'll keep running through most of the night to see if anything goes wrong
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