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stop messages/compy keeps crashing

By xjes
Dec 16, 2005
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  1. sorry if i posted this one wrong

    but i recently bought a new computer in which my friend put together for me.

    but everytiume i try to restart from windows, or when i try to shutdown i get one of these:

    DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE


    and every once in a while, usually when im getting into a game of BF, i get a:

    DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

    please help...this is really upsetting me.

    thanks, jesse
  2. Arcanum

    Arcanum TS Rookie Posts: 202

    As you might have guessed this is a driver issue :)

    In the first error - Windows instructs the hardware to change it's power state, however the driver fails in doing that and throws this error.

    In the second case - the driver referenced a bad/non existant IRQL - frequently happening because of a problem with the driver itself, or a corruption in memory.

    Try updating your chipset, graphics card and sound card drivers to their latest version.

    Somehow I think it's either the chipset drivers or the graphics card driver giving you these problems, start by updating them and then report back.
  3. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

    I've seen this with unstable overclocks. You could slow memory down, or raise Vdimm, even a little Vcore.

    Maybe memory is not compatable?

    Playing around with these voltages a little should be okay (watch CPU temps,) but I know nothing about your system.
  4. barfarf

    barfarf TS Rookie Posts: 28

    Motherboard drivers and chipset for VIA, Intel and Nvidia.

    I think it may be a chipset driver issue.

    You need to know two things first…
    1. Is your mother board an Intel, VIA or NVIDIA (nForce)?
    2. What chipset model/version is your motherboard?

    You can download one of these utilities to figure all kinds of cools thing about your hardware including motherboard brand and its chipset version.

    - Sandra Lite 2005 - Freeware – The Best out there. A little confusing to use
    - EVEREST Home Edition 2.20 – Freeware - Easier to use but sadly is not discontinued as of December 2005.


    If it’s Intel then download the correct chipset software driver here…
    http://support.intel.com/support/chipsets/

    If it’s VIA then download correct chipset driver here…
    http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx?PageID=420&OSID=1&CatID=1070

    If it’s NVIDIA then down load the correct nForce driver here..
    http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp

    Be sure to post back what happens so others on the forum can benefit.

    Good Luck!

    Da barf!
  5. xjes

    xjes TS Rookie Topic Starter

    this is my compy:

    AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 1.8 GHz Socket 939
    Western Digital Caviar SATA II (WD2000JS) 200GB 7200RPM 8MB
    Corsair TWINX1024-3200C2
    Asus A8N-SLI
    Enermax EG-565P-VE FMA
    asus nvidia geforce 6600 gt sli 128mb ddr3
    NEC ND-3540

    i only seem to get the not less or equal message thing when im playing battle field vietnam....but i get the driver state one everytime i try to shutdown/restart

    :(
  6. Arcanum

    Arcanum TS Rookie Posts: 202

    Get the newest ForceWare drivers (81.98) from:
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_81.98.html

    You gave us a round down of your rig's specs, yet you failed to mention what chipset/mobo you have - could you please look into it.

    If it's an nForce, go to this page and download nForce drivers depending on the version of the nForce:
    http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp

    If it's a Via chipset go to:
    http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx?PageID=420&OSID=1&CatID=1070
    as barfarf said and donwload the drivers.

    Before installing any of these drivers, be sure to uninstall the previous ones, then reboot, and proceed to install the new ones - first install the chipset drivers then the graphics drivers.
  7. barfarf

    barfarf TS Rookie Posts: 28

    Well xjes it appears your motherboard is part of the "Asus A8N-SLI" series. Which is a AMD nForce 4 chipset. In fact its one of the first SLI motherboards. Arcanum you had the right idea on updating the drivers.

    Here is the link to the lastest 6.7 drivers for nForce4 AMD Edition mother board for Windows XP.
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_nf4_winxp32_amd_6.70.html
    - in the directions it mentions you need to have at least Windows XP SP1

    Also try updaing the bios on your motherboard. Go here and be sure to enter in the exact motherboard you have.
    http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us
    - Its a motherboard socket 939 but is it a "A8N-SLI" or "A8N-SLI Deluxe" or "A8N-SLI PRemium" or "A8N-SLI SE".

    good luck
    chris
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