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Old 04-26-2009, 03:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Driver IRQL not less or equal error?

Hello, I've been having an issue with my PC. Recently I've been playing a lot of games (Team Fortress 2, Mass Effect, Fallout 3) and crashing a lot, sometimes going to blue screen for a few seconds with "DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" appearing at the top of the screen. I googled the problem and couldn't find too much useful information (or I didn't know what to do), and I got the latest drivers for my graphics card (Nvidia 8600GT). While getting the drivers helped, I still crash very frequently while playing the previously-mentioned games. Usually they just crash to the desktop, but sometimes my entire computer crashes and restarts itself.
When I do get the blue screen, I can't get all of the errors down since i the screen only stays there for a few seconds before automatically rebooting. Most of the time though the error messages say something like
"Stop" followed by "0x00000" and a number from 1-8 and usually a letter like E. All that I understand about it is that it's a hex code or something (my technical knowledge is limited to about half of a semester of Computer Science 1 in high school; I'm 16 years old).

Can someone offer any advice?

Also if this is in the wrong section please show me where this belongs, thank you.
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