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Any help or advice or tips on solving the old blue screen of death problem, which I got for the first time last night, out of the blue (heh), and then several times today? I've tried:

  • Switching on and off several times.
  • Unclogging all the dust and shit from the fan exhaust (CPU temp in BIOS around 38ºC -- dunno if that's hot or not).
  • I was going to play around with my RAM (switch 'em round, take one out, take the other out, etc.), but haven't bothered yet.
  • Doing a registry clean-up thing with RegCure.

No joy as yet.

BSOD messages are always IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL and then it quotes usbehci.sys or bugcode_usb_driver as the problem (there was one other, but I didn't write it down).

Any suggestions welcome. Am typing this on backup computer. Would a complete reformat help? Or is this a hardware problem?

I hope Cherry can help me out here, he seems to be the go-to guy for computer problems.

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Might be a driver issue. Have you installed anything recently?

tap F8 after the POST screen to go into safe mode and see if it will boot up. If it does, then it's a duff driver, most likely USB related (obviously)

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Thanks Chris -- booting in safe mode and a system restore to a couple of days ago seems to have done the trick. God knows what caused it. I hadn't installed any new hardware that I can remember, though the drivers for my USB audio interface nearly always need to be reinstalled whenever I unplug it and plug it back in again.

That said, am thinking a big backup external hard drive and a complete reformat is a good thing to do occasionally, isn't it. Or is that overkill.

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It's worth doing if you have the time. If you maintain your system well then there shouldn't be any need to do it more than about once or twice a year, but if you're finding you're getting random errors, then that's probably the cause. The only trouble with doing that as a fix is that it doesn't identify the cause of the problem, so you're at the mercy of it happening again.

But I think probably a driver file has become corrupt or something along those lines. Nothing too serious.

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It sounds like your Model M keyboard has given your computer a IBM-compatible virus.


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