BSOD (Driver_Not_Less_Or_Equal) on bootup

May 4, 2009 at 10:04:44
Specs: Windows XP

I've been trying to fix a friend's computer and I can't seem to figure out what's wrong.

On Windows bootup, it gets to the Windows XP splash logo, then it immediately bluescreens and restarts. The blue screen only flashes for a split second so it took a few times of rebooting and trying to catch what it says.

I found that it displays the "IRQ Not Less Or Equal" message. The only problem is, is that there is no stop messages (0x00).

I plugged in a spare hard drive that had a clean install of XP on it and it started up flawlessly, which makes me think that it's not a hardware issue. I've tried to rebuild the windows registry using the BOOTCFG tool on the repair CD. I've also tried to do a Windows Repair CD. Once it re-loaded all of the system files and rebooted to log into Windows for the first time, the BSOD came up before it had a chance to.

I also copied the entire hard drive over to another hard drive in case it was an HD problem.

I'm stumped...any suggestions? :(

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May 4, 2009 at 11:19:08
Run the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic.

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May 4, 2009 at 16:09:32
I did that.. unfortunately it wasn't able to scan it, which made me think that the hard drive was defective in some way. That is why I did a image copy from that HD to a spare hard drive that i had available.. unfortunately on bootup it did exactly the same thing.

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