I built a PC over last summer (june) for a friend, and it is randomly getting BSODs.
most of the time the BSOD error is: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
however other times it gives no error code and most of the time it gives no file as reference.
The OS is Windows 7 pro 64bit
I will be updating this post with info from the Windows event logs
I have run the following diagnostics with no errors at all:
memtest86+ (5 passes)
prime95 bootable from bootzilla (2 hours)
TuffTest seek and surface tests 1 pass each
The hardware was all purchased from newegg in June of 2010.
I have been attempting to trouble shoot on and off
I have tried 3 different driver configurations:
I let Windows 7 automatically install all hardware
I ran the driver CDs included with the hardware
I downloaded the newest driver updates and applied them manually
All 3 drivers configurations still BSOD
Here is a list of the hardware and software for reference:
--Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
--Hanns·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
--Logitech 967973-0403 Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Standard Deluxe 250 Desktop - OEM
--APC BE750G 750 VA 450 Watts 10 Outlets Power Saving Back-UPS
--BELKIN BE108200-06 6 feet 8 Outlets 3390 Joule Home/office Surge Protector with Telephone Protection - OEM
--Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case
--Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
--Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVDS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive
--GeIL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model GV34GB1333C9DC
--Western Digital Elements 1TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDBAAU0010HBK-NESN
--ASUS P5G41T-M LE LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
--Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80580Q8300
--CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
I have tried several BIOS tweaks relating to power saving states and suspend modes which I found on various forums with reference to this mainboard, they also made no difference. The BIOS has since been reset to defaults and it is of course running the newest BIOS update.
I am at the point now that I am getting ready to just start RMAing random hardware before the warranties run out...
That's a driver problem usually updating the driver to the latest version helps those problems. without digging deeper into the logs to find out which hardware is failing with its driver you'll have to download all the drivers for your system
just so you know that hard drive is for DVR recorders or video surveillance. It's slower than a normal computer hard drive. it's designed for 24/7 use where speed isn't required but longevity is.
I didn't realize you had an external one too. This one: Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVDS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive - Look into getting a normal 7200 RPM drive if the RMA for the PSU doesn't pan out. Just wondering if that is causing an issue using a non-standard hard drive.
If it might be driver-related, maybe try running the build with only the critical components installed? In other words, only the CPU and RAM (plus fans), with all cards and peripherals unplugged (except the mouse, I guess?).
Have you made sure the RAM timing are the correct timings? I know this can cause problems.
Try putting it into safe mode and disable drivers one at a time, when the BSOD stops you know which driver is the problem.
It's a long a laborious thing to do but it can help.
I swapped out a battery and BSOD's stopped. I see you're running 2 hard drives. Did you disable the external to see if it made a difference and did you try a new HD ? Your power supplies look under-powering to unknown.... put a new HD in it......... and I would first look to the manufacturers site to see if there's any updated firmware.