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Windows 7: 4 BSODs within 20 minutes, DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL, new SSD

13 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
4 BSODs within 20 minutes, DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL, new SSD

I recently purchased a new SSD, an OCZ AGILITY 3 240GB model, and have Windows 7 Ultimate x64 installed on it. This afternoon, I experienced 4 BSODs within about 20 minutes. I didn't have any unusual programs opened, and I was mostly just chatting with a friend on google chat when it happened.

I was having a lot of trouble getting websites to load and the Internet seemed to be running extremely slowly in general while this was happening, but I have no idea if that's related.

I installed Windows 7 service pack 1 this afternoon, but I think that was after the first BSOD.

Attached are my dumps. Please let me know what other information would be useful.

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13 Oct 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit


Your on here say Windows 7 Ultimate, but your msinfo file says Windows 7 Enterprise. Like to clarify?
Have you updated to the latest version of your SSD's firmware?

Anyway, the BSoDs were caused by older drivers of Atheros Network Adapater Drivers
1: kd> lmvm athrx
start             end                 module name
fffff880`05a7b000 fffff880`05bd3000   athrx    T (no symbols)           
    Loaded symbol image file: athrx.sys
    Image path: \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\athrx.sys
    Image name: athrx.sys
    Timestamp:        Wed Jun 10 00:06:49 2009 (4A2EA4B9)
    CheckSum:         0015FE99
    ImageSize:        00158000
    Translations:     0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4
Look for a possible driver update: Driver Reference Table

Good luck
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15 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise x64


Thanks so much for your reply! It turns out I was incorrect about my version of Windows 7, as you point out. It is indeed the Enterprise version.

My SSD does have the latest firmware, but the problem did seem to be due to my network adapter. It was using the default driver installed by Microsoft, and when I updated it to a more recent one from the manufacturer my network problems stopped and I haven't gotten another one of these BSODs since.

Thanks for your help with this!
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15 Oct 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit

No problem, keep the thread open for another week and see if the BSoDs reoccur.
If they don't you can mark the thread as "solved" :)
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