Windows 10: "IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL" BSOD appears randomly while gaming
"IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL" BSOD appears randomly while gaming
I have built a new system. I will include the specs below. While gaming the computer randomly goes into blue screen. There are times when I can game up to 45 mins and other times where it goes blue screen about 5 minutes after the game starts. The message I get in the blue screen says "DRIVER IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL." I have searched online for solutions but so far nothing has worked. I updated the BIOS, and installed all motherboard drivers from manufacturer website (Ethernet, Audio, AMD, etc). I have two DMP files which I will link below. Please help!
FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core, GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB GAMING X 3G, S340 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower - System Build - PCPartPicker
Dropbox - DMP Files
Hey there, I posted this in another thread but I can repeat it here if it helps.
Disclaimer: I'm not a certified expert like most of the gurus here. I would read any info they provide before taking my advice -- and even then take it with a grain of salt.
Like I mentioned in the post below, I suspect it was my LAN drivers but going through the entire process will rule out the usual suspects.
A few weeks ago I too BSOD'd with the IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL message. That's a system driver crash and doesn't necessarily mean you have bad hardware, rather it could be a driver conflict or misconfigured settings of said driver.
I fixed my issue by doing the following (pardon this if it reads like a caveman wrote it, I'm posting from mobile):
Everything has worked great since. Should you try these steps, after you reboot that last time, play some games, run some benchmarks, perhaps run a stability test. If everything is hunky-dory, and you like GeForce Experience, go ahead and install it and reconfigure it*.
*side note, if you have any custom Nvidia profile settings that you would like to preserve in between "clean" installs, you can export them with Nvidia Profile Inspector. After installing the latest drivers, you can then import those profiles with Nvidia Profile Inspector again. Highly recommended tool! If you would like me to expand on how to do this, let me know - can do later on my desktop.
- -Audited and uninstalled programs I didn't use anymore in Add/Remove
- -Uninstalled ALL Nvidia software (note: I used to always use DDU, but I don't anymore nor do I recommend it. I think it's too aggressive and volatile for Windows 10. YMMV tho)
- -Uninstalled my network LAN drivers
- -Installed the latest Nvidia drivers with the Custom option and "clean" option checked. Deselect the 3D stuff and GeForce Experience (just the display driver, sound, PhysX) Note: you may not even need the sound driver depending on your configuration.
- -Downloaded and installed the latest Chipset (.inf) drivers from my motherboard manufacturer's page
- -Downloaded and installed the latest LAN/Network drivers from my motherboard manufacturer's page (For various reasons I suspect my LAN drivers were the source of my BSOD, perhaps it's yours as well?)
Your problem is being worked in another thread. Why did you open this one? Stay with the original that @axe0 is working with you on.
I have seen so many of these threads and dislike to create another, suppose it's time for my own dump though.
The following is a copy of my notes that I've tried to clean up a bit for this thread.
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