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AHHH!! Not my tablet!!!
So, my laptop has developed a fatal error. When I turn it on, it reboots after a few minutes then continues to reboot over and over. Yehaw.

The BSOD I'm seeing is this error: DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
Edit:Apparently NDIS.sys is part of the problem. Damn error stays on the screen for two seconds before it reboots.

Some driver is trying to write something somewhere in the kernel for it doesn't have access. Windows dumps and reboots. (More over at Microsoft)

Anyone familiar with this or how to fix it? I don't know anything about that level of coding.

The only solution I've found was when a video game caused this. They say it's because of intense computer processes that cause this so it may apply as I was running Photoshop at the time.

Didn't work()
To the OP, this seems simliar to the problem that some people are having with Nvidia hardware and Athlon 64's. I think the answer was to "NoExecute" option in boot.ini to alwaysoff. Had to do with a conflict with DEP (data execution protection).

Try it out. Right-click My Computer > properties (or window-break) > advanced > startup and recovery settings > edit > change the line "multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partiti on(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn" to read /NoExecute=AlwaysOff

This will require a reboot.

That has apparently helped other people whose machines are crashing / rebooting on exiting a game.



Reformatting is not an option because I'll lose all of my artwork in the last six months. I haven't run a backup recently. Good thing is that I can boot in safe mode so I should be able to get stuff out first, assuming the crash doesn't happen slower there.

Uh.. Help?

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lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: June 16th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

I got nuthin. But hugs.
alibee From: alibee Date: June 16th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does it every actually get to the point where it can load Windows, or does it crash before that point? (I'm pretty much ramping up to ask if you can start in Safe Mode.)
abmann From: abmann Date: June 16th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's done both, actually. I was able to start in SafeMode once.
I'll try again. Then uninstall the last thing I installed. Maybe that'll do it. I'm also spiteful because the last insdtall I made was MS Media Player 11. I knew I shouldn't haev done that. :)

Look 't me poking my laptop at work!
alibee From: alibee Date: June 16th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I used to work for that group at Microsoft, you know. *gives you look* In fact, I am friends with folk there, so I can run your issue by them for you if you want.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 16th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
No clue if it's real. I'm just looking for a scapegoat. :P

I got into safe mode. hooray!
evilevi From: evilevi Date: June 16th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
A system restore is usually worth a try, just because it's relatively quick and very easy (and people often overlook it because it's too simple). Though if it's being caused by a conflict that only sometimes manifests rather than something that has actually changed since it was last working, then even if it resolves the problem it will most likely come back. The solutions you've found look like reasonable things to try, so I don't really have any better suggestions.
alibee From: alibee Date: June 16th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're a hot geek chick and I would totally hit that, yo.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 16th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Isn't she, though. :)
evilevi From: evilevi Date: June 16th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
You just can't seem to stop talking about hitting people! ;)

abmann From: abmann Date: June 16th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hooray for Microsoft.

evilevi From: evilevi Date: June 16th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Along with all of the annoying things they did with XP they did include a couple of genuinely useful features. That's got to count for something, right? Sure they wouldn't be necessary if the OS were perfect, but it does at least seem to be generally improving rather than getting worse in terms of stability and such, at least in my experience.
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: June 16th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

I always just...

...turn my computer off and then turn it back on again.

If that doesn't work, I make a *scrunchy face* and whine and complain until someone I know fixes it.
Good luck.
monkey_bait From: monkey_bait Date: June 17th, 2006 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
The same stuff was happening to me last winter. Turned out my videocard fan had so much dust in it that it couldn't spin, so once it began to overheat windows would shut down to protect it. It try cracking it open and blowing all the dust out. Never a bad idea anyways.
andamaroo From: andamaroo Date: June 17th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree... constant reboots, especially after you're computer has been on only a few minutes... are almost always over-heating.

I'd check out your processor fan too.
In fact, I'd check out all your fans.

From: thegelf Date: June 19th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I know you've already fixed the problem, but I felt a need to respond since this is the most common BSOD we see at ISR.

What brand wireless card do you have? We were seeing that exact error (which just means that any one of your numerous drivers is corrupted) with a specific brand of pcmcia wireless cards on laptops. Either Dlink or Netgear, I don't remember which. They were grey. Just reinstall the wireless driver, it fixes it until the driver corrupts again.

If it's not the wireless, time to figure out whether it's fixable. Boot into safe mode, disable everything in device manager, and try to boot. If you can boot, it's fixable without a restore/reformat. If you still can't boot, sorry, sucks to be you. Reenable everything one by one until you find the culprit, and reinstall the driver.
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