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"DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL"

Discussion in 'Windows - General discussion' started by burkey83, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. burkey83

    burkey83 Member

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    I think I have some kind of virus on my pc. After about 20-30 mins of my pc being on I get a blue screen which says:

    "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

    DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL"

    then there is a whole page of info about it.

    does anyone know what this is or why it is occring? im guessing its a virus. i've ran a scan but anything found is quarantined or deleted but this still occurs.

    I tried a system restore and that never worked either.

    any help appreciated.
     
  2. dailun

    dailun Active member

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    1. Wrong forum if you thought it was a virus. We have a forum for viruses

    2. Second, IMHO, your guess is bad. That BSOD and error message is typically caused by a driver interaction or bad hardware, specifically memory.

     
  3. creaky

    creaky Moderator Staff Member

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    Indeed. Years ago i often had this error on Windows 2000 pc's, often upon actually installing Windows. The way i got around it was to remove all PCI cards, install Windows then add the cards back in. But it's quite a generic error and as per dailun's reply it can be caused by different things.

    edit- thread title renamed from 'virus!!'
     
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2009
  4. KillerBug

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    Usualy either bad ram, underpowered ram, or an overheating chipset.
     
  5. NumeL

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    Motherboard drivers are corrupted or damaged. Also, it can be caused, because of bad memory, or unstable system. Overheating has nothing to do with this.
     

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