"DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" stop error during WinXP setup

By Gavin W
Jan 1, 2006
  1. I'm replacing the hard drive on my computer and decided to use this opportunity to install WinXP Home onto the newer, bigger drive (the old hard drive had Win98SE).

    I've made it past the blue text-mode install process (license agreement, formatting the NTFS partition, copying over files from CD). It is during the driver install portion of setup when a BSOD appears with this stop error:

    ***STOP: 0x000000D1 (0x00000000, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

    I already have the latest BIOS update; I've pulled out the modem card and sound card; ran a memory check using memtest-86, and the problem still occurs if I try WinXP setup again from the beginning. I've even booted from the old hard drive, ran the System Compatibility Checker from the XP CD-ROM, and also ran SiSoft Sandra. Both don't report any hardware problems.

    Any other pointers and suggestions for troubleshooting or advice would be great.

    System specs: AOpen AX63Pro motherboard, Celeron 466 MHz, 256 MB PC133 SDRAM, Creative SoundBlaster Live! Value, Diamond Viper V770 (nVIDIA RIVA TNT2) AGP 2x, AOpen FM-56SM 56K PCI soft modem.

  2. cpc2004

    cpc2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,994

    The crash may be caused by faulty ram or device driver error. The system event log and the minidump has the most useful diagnostic information. When Windows crashes with blue screen, it writes a system event 1001 or 1003 and a minidump to the folder \windows\minidump. Check system event 1001 and 1003 and it has the content of the blue screen.

    Event ID: 1001
    Source: Save Dump
    The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck.The bugcheck was : 0xc000000a (0xe1270188, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0x804032100).
    Microsoft Windows..... A dump was saved in: .......

    Event Source: System Error
    Event Category: (102)
    Event ID: 1003
    Error code 1000007f, parameter1 0000000d, parameter2 00000000, parameter3 00000000, parameter4 00000000

    Control Panel -> Adminstrative Tools -> Event Viewer -> System -> Event 1001/1003. Copy the content and paste it back here

    Zip 5 to 6 minidumps to a zip file and attach it here. Techspot has an upper limit of 100K per attachment. I will study the dump and find out the culprit. If you can't provide the minidumps, run memtest to stress test the ram.
  3. Gavin W

    Gavin W TS Rookie Topic Starter

    How am I supposed to look up the minidump in the Event Viewer when WinXP installation didn't even finish...?

    I rebooted into the recovery console and ran DIR. The C:\WINDOWS\minidump directory doesn't exist.
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