Irql Not Less Or Equal

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svn21

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hi,
somebody has got to help me out on this..i've been struggling with this prob for over 2 weeks now.
The prob is that whenever i start up my computer for the first time in the day or atleast after 5 hrs it was last shut down, the computer reboots on its own a couple of times , or i've to reboot it a couple of times when this error message on blue screen comes up..it reads as
a problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to computer
IRQL_NOT LESS_OR_EQUAL
technical info:
***STOP: 0 X 0000000A(O X OOOO3AFE, 0 X 00000002, 0 X 00000000, 0 X 804E30C2)
thats wat come on the blue screen...sometimes ot comes as DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL....with a different string in the technical info line..
my basic system config is
win xp pro
80gb hard disk
512 mb ddr ram in 2 cards
geforce4 mx
the second ram of 256 was brought recently...i thought it could be that causing the prob, but i ran a couple of memory diagnostic tests that say it was good....
help me out :eek:
 
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I wouldn't trust the Ram tests, the only surefire way to check your ram is to swap out sticks.

I would first start by removing the one you bought recently, and see how it goes. If it seems ok, do the same with the other stick.
 
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Welcome to TSG.

I agree with EvileYe.

I would remove the new Ram for a few cold boots and see if the problem reoccurs.

Some Mother Boards only except matched sets, I have had one of those boards what a pain. Memory test programs test the ram not compatibility.

To get a better idea of what you have and what you need try Everest Home Edition , under Mother Board/SPD you will find detailed specs for ram installed.

I buy my ram form Crucial.
 

crjdriver

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Cold boot problems that go away after the first boot are often caused by a poor quality / under powered power supply. The reason is that the capacitors are discharged after a while. When you restart after a failed attempt, they are at full charge.

I agree that you should check your ram. Some ram chips like a higher voltage than others. With two different chips, this can be a problem. I use ram from the same mfg; either crucial or kingston. I have seen ram return many errors on memtest86; when the ram voltage was upped to 2.6 from 2.5 all of the errors stopped.
 
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