Blue Screen of Death on Windows 7

Getting this error:

IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL 0x0000000A


When I'm running windows 7 in normal mode and login to my user account, as soon as it logs in, blue screen of death pops up. Error code 0000000x0a, most google searches are saying it has something to do with driver incompatibilities. I also know none of my start up programs are causing the BSOD because I disabled all of them and still get the BSOD upon startup on normal mode. I already scanned for viruses with malware bytes, and I also read that AVG was causing bsod's a few months ago so I uninstalled that as well and still nothing.

I'm in safe mode right now and I uninstalled my video card driver and rebooted into normal mode and it was working with no BSOD, so I let windows automatically find the driver for the video card, after it installed it, I let the computer reset and booted into normal mode. I logged into my account and I got the BSOD. So now I'm back in safe mode and I suspect it may be the graphics card.

So, could a dead graphics card cause blue screen of death, or is this a driver issue?
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  1. This is often a driver conflict, in other words, there are 2 drivers that are installed that conflict with other. This could be any hardware you have in your system.

    Try using the manufacturers driver for your video card rather than Windows update
  2. Yeah when I try to use the manufacturer's driver off nvidia's website, it's giving me a compatibility error. Could this be due to safe mode?

    I'm using a Geforce 8800GT
  3. Uninstall the Nvidia driver suite in Add/Remove
    Download and install DriverSweeper
    http://phyxion.net/Driver-Sweeper/Driver-Sweeper/Driver-Sweeper-275
    In safemode run D/S
    Check off Nvidia Display
    Analyze and clean
    Restart in normal mode
    Download and install latest Nvidia driver suite
    Good luck!
  4. Well,

    All the above replies would be awesome if you could actually get into windows. From your post, it BSOD right away on login. So my suggestion is when you boot, press F5 (I'm pretty sure this is the one...if not try F8...this your your boot menu), and there should be a boot list full of options. Towards the middle, there will be one that says "Load Last Known Good Configuration". If this still does not work, you will need to start in Safe Mode and update you drivers this way. Be sure to save all your updated drivers on a USB flash drive so you can access them in Safe Mode easily.
  5. Every time I let windows search for and install drivers I'm unhappy.

    1. Boot into safe mode.
    2. Uninstall GFX drivers
    3. Use registry editor, or driver sweeper, to remove all traces of anything ATI / nVidia
    4. Reboot
    5. Download latest driver from manufacturer's web site and install

    Latest version of driver sweeper is 2.8.5

    http://phyxion.net/Driver-Sweeper/Driver-Sweeper/Driver-Sweeper-285
  6. davcon said:
    Uninstall the Nvidia driver suite in Add/Remove
    Download and install DriverSweeper
    http://phyxion.net/Driver-Sweeper/Driver-Sweeper/Driver-Sweeper-275
    In safemode run D/S
    Check off Nvidia Display
    Analyze and clean
    Restart in normal mode
    Download and install latest Nvidia driver suite
    Good luck!


    ^+1. But, if you ever had an ATI card, check the ATI box as well, if it is there.
  7. Try the latest driver update from the manufacturers website, and check compatibility with your system!
  8. I'm getting this in red

    ntoskrnl.exe ntoskrnl.exe+ef3d2 fffff800`02059000 fffff800`02635000 0x005dc000 0x4c1c44a9 6/18/2010 8:16:41 PM Microsoft® Windows® Operating System NT Kernel & System 6.1.7600.16617 (win7_gdr.100618-1621) Microsoft Corporation C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
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