DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS THAN blah blah

By AliCeX
Feb 3, 2011
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  1. Ok, I'm working with Windows Vista Home, 32-bit on a Compaq SR2170NX. I have a repeating BSOD with the error in my topic and it points to ndis.sys. Now I've ran Memtest, reseated the RAM and all that hullaballoo, and I'm 100% positive it's a driver issue. I can't figure out which one, and I can't get into windows to tell it to create a minidmp file. So all I can offer is my ntbtlog.txt file and the BSOD code...

    0x000000D1 (0x00000004, 0x00000002, 0x00000001, 0x83E2366D)

    NDIS.SYS - Address 83E2366D base at 83E0A000, Datestamp 49e02080
  2. AliCeX

    AliCeX Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    And it might help if I actually attach the file...but I can't because it's too big...Sorry I don't know how I'm supposed to post it
  3. AliCeX

    AliCeX Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Aha, I can zip it!

    Attached Files:

  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

    Ndis.sys is Windows OS network layer driver crucial for network interface controllers that access the internet.

    What concerns me is the log you attached states a long list of drivers, et.al. that were unable to load. Do you know how to run a harddrive diagnostics?

    Your issue may also be a bad NIC card.
  5. AliCeX

    AliCeX Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Well I ran chkdsk /r, and chkdsk /f numerous times...do you have something better I should use?
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

    Yes, but first tell us the make of your harddrive.
  7. AliCeX

    AliCeX Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Barracuda 7200.9 SATA 160-GB Hard Drive

    Also, this all happened after a Windows update, though I'm not sure what was updated
  8. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

    Windows updates have been known to cause these problems. Are you able to boot into Safe Mode?

    As for the harddrive, Seagate has a free harddrive utility called Seatools. Burn the ISO file to a CD, place it in your DVD drive and reboot. The test should engage seconds after you have rebooted. You may need to place your DVD drive as first bootable in the BIOS in order to get this to engage.

    Do the tests in this order: S.M.A.R.T., Short DST, and especially the Long DST.
  9. AliCeX

    AliCeX Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Will do that right now, and no I cannot boot into to safe mode. It fails everytime
  10. AliCeX

    AliCeX Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I have the utility you told me to download, however I cannot get my keyboard or mouse to work in either USB ports or PS2 ports. I'm stuck at the license agreement...

    NVM, I'm using the TXT version..seems to be working
  11. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

    You appear to have a good grasp of tech knowledge. Do you have access to another system in order to "slave" your harddrive into a second system? If so, you should be able to access this harddrive and run diagnostics upon it.
  12. AliCeX

    AliCeX Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    My only other computer is a laptop, so no. I'm running the long scan now, though I wasn't able to run the S.M.A.R.T scan in the txt mode. I have Hiren's if you need me to be in a bootable environment to fix anything
  13. AliCeX

    AliCeX Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Ok, scan is complete...everything passed with no problems...what should my next plan of attack be?
     
  14. mattyswe

    mattyswe Newcomer, in training

    GFX may be the issue?

    I have had this BSOD a few times whilst fixing customers machines and it turned out to be a faulty GFX card?
    Do you have a spare that you can quickly swap out your current card with to make sure?
  15. AliCeX

    AliCeX Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Unfortunately no, and even if I did it's a built in video card :/
  16. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

    Do you have a friend who would allow you to slave your harddrive into his/her system?

    How old is this system?
  17. AliCeX

    AliCeX Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    It's 3 years old...I might have someone who would let me do that. What would you have me do?
  18. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

    In that other system you should be able to slave it and then access this harddrive through this system. Run security scans and any harddrive diagnostics that you haven't been able to do. We're trying to fully rule out or confirm if the source of your issue is the harddrive.
  19. AliCeX

    AliCeX Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I can do all that now with my Hiren's Boot CD. I'm almost 100% sure it's not a hard drive issue, and it's a driver issue. I just don't know which one it is...


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