Desperately need advice on System crashes!!!!

By ppisces
Oct 24, 2007
  1. First let me say hi! My friend recommended this Site to me to solve my issue. I'm not 100% sure this is the correct forum for my questions so I apologize in advance.

    I built a computer for the second time this month. Everything seemed fine until i started getting random system freezes. Sometimes it locks up and other times its the BSOD. The usually error is "Driver_irql_not_less_or_equal"

    Nothing specific really caused them....Sometimes when I'm browsing the net or using flash.. I have found that it crashes mostly while gaming and definitely if I use certain filters in photoshop. (liquify) . Since I dual boot vista/xp and it happens with either OS I assume it's a hardware issue.

    I've updated my bios and drivers. I've done a clean install of both OS twice. I replaced my crucial 1066 ram with OCZ reapers and the problem still remains. I've googled the error several times with no clear answer. If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate your help.

    Thanks In advance for your time and help.

    System Specs:
    gigabyte ga-p35-dq6
    4gb crucial ballstix 1066 or 4gb OCZ reaper 1066
    intel qx6850
    1tb hitachi
    750g hitachi
    150g raptor
    nvida 8800 ultra (msi)
    enermax 850watts
    asus sata dvd writer
    panasonic IDE dvd writer
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Nvidia drivers?
  3. saeker

    saeker TS Rookie


    Do a system restore.
  4. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Guru Posts: 363

    Have you Overclocked it? If so, drop it back to standard and see if it still occurs.

    If not, run a CHKDSK {open my computer, Right Click on C drive, Properties, Tools, error checking. Then tick the 2 boxes, hit OK, and reboot when it tells you it can't be locked [coz it's in use!].

    That will correct any file errors and often sorts out odd behaviour.
  5. ppisces

    ppisces TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I do have Nvida video drivers...Necessary for my GPU. I've done a few system restores but I like I mentioned earlier the problem is still there rather I'm running vista or xp sp2. I tried the chkdisk and I'm still getting freezes a few times a day where I have to manually restart. You guys don't think it's a hardware issue?? I replaced the ram but I'm thinking video card or motherboard. Any other suggestions to be sure???

    Thanks for the answers
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    it screams a ram problem, if swapping didn't fix then I'd question the motherboard. what does memtest say about the ram?
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