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I hope this is the right place to post this, but I have been having major issues with my computer. I'm not too savy in the computer lingo, but for the past few days I have gotten the Windows XP "DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" blue screen for different issues that seems to be related to Nvidia.

The first screen I got was the "DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" Blue Screen that had to do with "nvnrm.sys". I updated drivers, but it did not help, because after that I got the same "DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" screen but this time it had to do with "nvgts.sys". Some people have told me this is a known issue.

I also sometimes get a "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" blue screen but with no "DRIVER" text before it.

I am running on Safe Mode With Networking right now and it hasn't happened yet...

I hope someone can help with this problem.

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Not all of it, you post above Nvidia! Which is the brand name of your graphics card? As for the model -- you have no invoice?

Because you might have to take a look at the graphics card & post whatever info on here. There are a few here who can look it up... as can you with Nvidia company on there website.

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OK, looks like you've got an ASUS Motherboard with an NVIDIA chipset and integrated GPU (Graphics Processor), meaning that your graphics card is actually part of your motherboard :blink: .

  1. Go here
  2. On the left side of the web page you'll see a small search box that says Input Model Search
  3. Copy and paste M2N-MX SE into the search box and click Search Info
  4. Select M2N-MX SE
  5. Download the latest BIOS and install it, reboot if asked to do so
  6. Grab the latest drivers for the graphics chip and motherboard from here (I warn you, it's a pretty big download) but don't install them yet.
  7. Click on Start and select Control Panel
  8. Select Add\Remove Programs and uninstall your current NVIDIA and Nforce drivers and reboot if asked to do so
  9. Install the drivers you downloaded and post back with info on how it's working

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Sorry about that, I thought it was an installer. You'll need to navigate back to that page with the downloads for your board and look under BIOS-Utilities and download the Afudos BIOS update tool V2.36. Run it and it will ask where the rom file/bios file is, just browse to the rom file and select it and let the utility update your bios :D .

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Are you getting that exact type of error message indicating that Avast! has something to do with it or are the file names always different and for different programs?

If you don't use Avast! any more and have replaced it with a different AV then follow the instructions here to remove the remnants of it from your system.

If you're getting these types of errors often then there are 2 likely causes I can think of, either a corrupt hardrive or bad ram. I'll give you some tools to check both:

Run a Disk Check:

  • Click on Start and select My Computer
  • Right click on C: and select Properties
  • Click on the Tools tab
  • Under Error-checking click on the Check Now... button
  • Under Check disk options check the box next to Automatically fix file system errors and the one next to Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors
  • Click on the Start button
  • Answer Yes when it asks if you want it to be scheduled to run the next time you restart your computer
  • Reboot your PC and let the Disk Check run to completion

Try running some programs again and see if there are still errors. If there are, proceed to the next step

Run MEMTEST86+:

  • Download MEMTEST86+ from here and save it to a safe location and extract the .iso file to a location where you'll be able to find it, such as your desktop
  • Burn the ISO to disc Note: if you're not sure how to do so then take a look at the tutorial posted here
  • Once you get the CD burned reboot your computer and use MEMTEST to check your ram for issues. Let it run through at least 2-3 full cycles to make sure there are no errors as they don't always show up on the first run

Let me know how it all goes and if you're still having the same issues.

Thanks :D .

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When I tried the Disk Check, it ran to steps 4-5 then quickly went to a blue screen and restarted, and did the same thing. Now it is frozen on the safe mode driver check screen with nothing happening, so I have to use my old laptop to post this. Everytime I restart it goes right to the Disk Check and goes to the steps 4 & 5, goes to blue screen and repeats, so now I cannot even get on Safe Mode With Networking.

Could this be a RAM issue or something more serious? I ran a system restore and it brought back my computer for about 10 mins and just froze on me. Now I am left not knowing what to do. :)

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It sounds like your hard drive is having issues ;) . You should visit the hard drive manufacturer's website and find their disk diagnostic utility to test the drive and if it's bad then I'd recommend backing up your data by using an external hard drive enclosure and connecting it to your laptop via USB.

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But I cannot get on the computer now. If I try safe mode, I get this screen that freezes the whole time:

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And if I go into regular mode it either starts the disk check, and restarts itself at step 4 or 5 with a quick blue screen, or doesn't startup all together.

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What brand is your hard drive in the desktop (Western Digital, Maxtor, Hitachi, Seagate, Samsung etc)? Let me know and I'll find you the appropriate bootable disk to test it as well as give you additional options for backing up your data. If your desktop has a second hard drive with enough free space you can boot from a disc and copy the data from your faulty drive to the second drive.

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I have a Seagate 500GB hard drive.

I had 2 sticks of RAM. I tested one stick, and the computer wouldn't even start up, I tested the other and the computer would start up, but it would either go to the safe mode driver freezing screen or it would keep re-starting the computer when the disk check would go to step 4-5.

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