I had some strange errors on a 3 day old fresh windows xp pro install. sometimes i got a blue screen that says: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL, and sometimes the pc just shut down and all the lights were on but i couldn't even get to the bios. The pc was on but like if it was absolutely empty (I hope you understand me i'm foreign).
I noticed with the asus pc probe that the voltage sometimes drops down from +12 to 9.500.
Can the voltage be producing these strange errors on my system.
The errors often appear when i am playing games.
My rig is:
MB asus a7a133
128 mb generic ram
innovision tnt2 m64 32 mb
sound blaster live 5.1
sorry but it is hard for me to understand when you don't say very clear like you did. I'm from Chile and I am a student that doesn't know a lot of english yet.
Anyway, thanks to all the people who helped me.
the monitoring util shows that my 12 volt rail drops to 9 volts for less than half a second, it did that with 2 enermax power supplys, it doesnt do it in the bios readings though, i think the program is crap, when i load it my cpu usage goes up to 99% the whole time its running!
i went to the tomshardware forums and all i got was this lousy signature.
Which utility are you using? I know some of them are crap, but there are some decent ones out there as well. Best thing to do is look in the BIOS for a similar pattern as you have done. The only problem with that is... the BIOS can also be inaccurate; especially with the system temperatures. These monitoring utilities get their information from the BIOS, so it's reporting what the BIOS would report.
I wasn't saying he should rely entirely on the software, but it is a good place to check as a first step. If the voltage is in fact fluctuating that much... even for less than half a second... it is enough for Windows to barf all over itself with BSODs. Considering this is the problem, I would say the power supply is suspect... especially since it's a 250W. The other problem could be a heat issue... but heat wasn't mentioned.
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I can vouch for power errors. I had built a system with a K6-3 400, using a 250 watt power supply. The person I bought the caser from said that it was a continues power supply and I would have no problem. I ahd constant illegal actions performed. a friend of mine suggested that it could be the power and that the K6-3 should have aleast 300 watts. He was right, after installing the new power supply all those problem went away.
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