Windows 7 BSOD - Driver IRQL Not Less Or Equal

By mdean
Feb 26, 2010
  1. I installed Windows 7 and was constantly getting looping resets. I tested all of my hardware and everything came up clean.
    So, I reinstalled my OS and recieved another bsod.

    Attached is my dump file
    Any Idea?

    Attached Files:

  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,961   +69

    When you installed Windows 7 and reinstalled it did you update your video card drivers? Also, please tell us when the BSODs occur, i.e., internet surfing, gaming, randomnly?
  3. mdean

    mdean TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It happens when i do anything other then surf the web. AKA gaming or photoshop for example
    yes i updated my drivers
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,961   +69

    The errors are 0xD1 and these are usually caused by driivers. The driver specifically cited is the Nvidia display driver nvlddmkm.sys as the cause of your system crashes. Thus the reason for my question.

    Was your Windows 7 a clean install or an upgrade? And if it was an upgreade did you use something like Driver Cleaner Pro or Driver Sweeper to make sure all video card drivers were completely uninstalled before installing new vid drivers?
  5. mdean

    mdean TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It was a clean install
    I driver sweepered the drivers and reinstalled the drivers again and am still blue screaning. I believe im still getting an error pointing in the direction of my video drivers. Any idea? Could it be winfdows 7 lacking compatibility with the 7800 video card?

    Attached Files:

  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,961   +69

    This time it is an 0xA error and 0xA errors are caused either by hardware or drivers attempting an IRQ Level they should not be addressing.

    Unfortunantly this time it only cited a Windows OS driver and they are too general to be of much help.

    The question is are there drivers released for the 7800 for Windows 7. Certainly Nvidia should provide this information on their website.

    One other thing you could try is installing the driver previous to the latest one.
  7. mdean

    mdean TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ive run a memtest, a stress test, and a bunch of other tests on my hardware ( With hirens) and everything came up fine.
    The most current drivers(the ones i have installed) say they support win 7. They are the only ones that say so, so imo i should stick with them.
    Should i wait till i BS again and post a dump? I dont think much is going to have changed problem wise though.
  8. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,961   +69

    Yes, let's see if you receive any more BSODs.
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