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IRQL_not_ less_or_ equal

By Monkely
Jul 26, 2003
  1. IRQL_not_less_or_equal

    Windows XP will crash on me, usually after a period of sitting idle for 5-30 minutes. I have searched the web looking for the answer; some places say bad memory, others say device drivers. What can I do?
    I have taken out the memory, and it still happens. The error message I get is: IRQL_not_less_or_equal.

    Win XP pro corporate
    Athlon XP 2400
    Radeon 9000 pro, latest cat drivers
    Sound Blaster Live! with drivers from disk
    Gigabyte GA-7VAX VIA KT400 Chipset Motherboard 400Mhz FSB
    786MB DDR ram 2700
    latest VIA 4-in-1 drivers

    Help, please

    monkely
     
  2. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    Is there a file listed that error? that may point you to what drivers are involved with the error...or it could be a red herrring.

    There are many sites that have help on XP stop errors listed in Google, here's one...

    http://kadaitcha.ath.cx/articles/stop_err.aspx
     
  3. Monkely

    Monkely TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok here is the full error message...unfortunately, there is no specific driver or device mentioned.

    STOP: 0x0000000A (0x7FFFFFFF, 0x00000002, 0x00000001, 0x804DFEB0)

    Now, can anyone tell me what this may mean? Windows doesn't come the the Rosetta Stone to help decipher this gobbledygook.

    Any help is much appreciated...

    Monkely
     
  4. Monkely

    Monkely TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Also, in the device manager, I have an exclamation point at the "Other Devices" line, saying my usb controller has a conflict. I have tried to get it to install/update the driver, but windows says a driver could not be found.

    monkely
     
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    What happens if you just remove the USB device from device manager and reboot?
     
  6. Monkely

    Monkely TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Windows reinstalls it. I have not dl'ed SP1, the first time I tried, my pc crashed, causing my installation of windows to become corrupt. I have not wanted to try it since. It may be that I need USB 2.0 installed.

    monkely
     
  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    Did your problems begin when you installed Service Pack 1??
     
  8. Monkely

    Monkely TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I never did get SP1; I did a complete reinstall of windows, formatted the drive and everything. Windows would not work after the SP1 crash. I have a brand new pc, so it wasn't a big deal to start over again.

    monkely
     
  9. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    The PC is brand new? Did you build it yourself, or did you get it pre-build from some company? What was the company?
     
  10. Monkely

    Monkely TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I bought it "barebones," just case, power supply, 2 fans, cpu, and mobo. I bought a new 60 gb western digital HD, plus my old 30gb maxtor. I then put in my old SB live! and the Radeon 9000 pro. After the hardware was installed, I put in XP. So I essentially built most of it myself. It is only one month old.

    I bought the PC from ECollegePC.

    monkely
     
  11. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    Are all of the USB devices accounted for in device manager (i.e. installed with drivers) and is the other device something extra that you don't know about??

    Or, is the other device a USB device that you know is not working?? Was it always like this?
     
  12. Monkely

    Monkely TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Every device is accounted for. Right now, the only USB peripheral I have plugged in is my Sidewinder pro joystick. I also had my kensington mouse plugged in, but moved it to p/s2. No difference there. It just says USB controller is not functioning...all of the USB ports work. I think it may be that I don't have SP1, which, I think, has the USB 2.0 drivers in it.

    monkely
     
  13. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    OK, can you download and install Service Pack 1 ?
     
  14. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    You may need to assign an IRQ for USB in BIOS.
     
  15. Greeno

    Greeno TS Rookie Posts: 281

    get SP1... can't say much else :)

    you know it contains USB drivers, you need to install them, I know it crashsed first time, that hopefully was "one of those things"

    get all the device drivers loaded and see if it continues, have you put your stop code into google or MS's technet?
     
  16. Monkely

    Monkely TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes, I have searched for the particular code, but the exact stop code did not come up. Like I said before, some places say bad memory, others say device/driver conflict.

    Mictlantecuhtli: how do I assign an IRQ? What is the process?

    As far as SP1 goes, I wonder if anybody else had it crash on them...I would hate to lose a months worth of work for it to go nuts up on me again :(

    monkely
     
  17. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Well make a backup of it to be sure. That is the safest way to get around things that worry you with the installation of SP1.
     
  18. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    When your computer starts up, you need to press del or F2 (check from motherboard manual) to get to BIOS. Instructions should be displayed on screen too. The setting is usually in "PnP/PCI configuration" page, something like "Allocate IRQ to USB", though your mileage may vary - again, check from motherboard's manual.
     
  19. Monkely

    Monkely TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, I disabled USB 2.0 in the BIOS, now I don't get the conflict. I will check this out tonight and see if the PC still reboots.

    Thank you all

    monkely
     
  20. Monkely

    Monkely TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yup, still doing it. Damn windowz!
     
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