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Windows 7: BSOD-"Driver IRQL Not Less" at random times

07 Jan 2013   #1

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BSOD-"Driver IRQL Not Less" at random times

Hi, I'm new to this type of error and moderately computer literate. Here's the SF_Diagnostic zip.

The BSOD has happened now 5 times. Twice while surfing the net and 3 times working on MS Word documents. This is my first "homebuilt" system and I only put it together in late November.

Thanks in advance for any help, please let me know if I missed any pertinent info

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07 Jan 2013   #2

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Welcome.

Please upload your msinfo32.nfo file. To get this: Start Menu -> Type msinfo32 into the Search programs and files box -> When it opens, go to File, Save -> Save as msinfo32.nfo and save in a place you will remember -> Let it finish the process of gathering and saving the system info -> Right click the .nfo file, click send to compressed (zipped) folder -> Upload the .zip file here.

Please upload your msinfo32.txt file. To get this: Start Menu -> Type msinfo32 into the Search programs and files box -> When it opens, go to File, Export -> Save as msinfo32.txt and save in a place you will remember -> Let it finish the process of gathering and saving the system info -> Right click the .txt file, click send to compressed (zipped) folder -> Upload the .zip file here.

Norton is known and contributing to your BSOD crashes, consider uninstalling it with the Norton Removal Tool and replace with Microsoft Security Essentials at least to test.Microsoft Security Essentials.
Recommended from a strict BSOD perspective, compatibility & stability compared to other antiviruses/internet security software. It is free and lightweight:-
warning   Warning
Do not start the free trial of Malware Bytes; remember to deselect that option when prompted.

Run a full scan with both (separately) once downloaded, installed and updated.

Perform a System File Check:
  1. Click on the start
  2. Type CMD on Search
  3. Left click and Run as Administrator
  4. Type SFC /scannow
Full tutorial here:Disk Check on your hard drive for file system errors and bad sectors on it:If its wireless, match your device from here:
If its not a wireless, match your device from here:Let us know the results.
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08 Jan 2013   #3

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I ran the system file check, disk check and found no errors or problems. Atheros driver installed is the latest available. Here is the msinfo file.

Thanks
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08 Jan 2013   #4

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Thanks.

Have you uninstalled Norton for the time being?

System Optimisers

Please remove the following software
Code:
Start Menu\Programs\Internet\PC Tools Registry Mechanic	HomeComputer\Brian:Start Menu\Programs\Internet\PC Tools Registry Mechanic	HomeComputer\Brian
Start Menu\Programs\Internet\PC Tools Security	HomeComputer\Brian:Start Menu\Programs\Internet\PC Tools Security	HomeComputer\Brian
This software is a known cause of BSOD's. The windows 7 operating system does not require these registry cleaning software. They often tune-down rather than tune-up and can wreck the OS beyond repair. Microsoft have improved Windows 7 significantly and it is much better at organising and optimising itself than its predecessors. Check this, this and this thread for evidence.

If you feel the need to use a registry cleaning or optimisation software, most of us recommend the use of CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download but make sure you back up the registry before making letting ccleaner delete anything.
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17 Jan 2013   #5

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Any update?
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18 Jan 2013   #6

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Sorry, I was away for a few days. I removed both PC Tools programs. Wife used the computer while I was gone with no BSODs. I hope that was the problem.

Thanks very much
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18 Jan 2013   #7

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