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What does the blue screen message IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL mean?
Error Code: 0X0000000A

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name FAMIDE
System Manufacturer Compaq Presario 061
System Model PW532AA-ABA SR1403WM NA520
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 28 Stepping 0 AuthenticAMD ~1808 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 3.10, 3/9/2005
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name FAMIDE\Compaq_Owner
Time Zone Eastern Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 62.55 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 920.76 MB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
 

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The IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL or Stop 0x0000000A errors are able to be generated by both software and hardware issues. The message indicates that a kernel mode process or driver attempted to access a memory address that it did not have access to.

These error messages are generally formatted in the below fashion:

STOP: 0x0000000A (0xwwwwwwww, 0xxxxxxxxx, 0xyyyyyyyy, 0xzzzzzzzz)
0xwwwwwwww The address that was referenced improperly.
0xxxxxxxxx IRQL that was required to access the memory.
0xyyyyyyyy Type of access.
0xzzzzzzzz Address of instruction that attempted to access 0xwwwwwwww.
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Cause:

This issue can be caused by any of the below possibilities.

1. Mcafee VirusScan for Windows NT issue
2. Windows NT 3.51 upgrade from Windows NT 4.0
3. Service Pack
4. Driver issue
5. Hardware issue
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Solution:
Mcafee VirusScan for Windows NT issue

Exact error is as follows:

STOP: 0x0000000A (0x0000015a, 0x0000001c, 0x00000000, 0x80116bf4)
IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

Mcafee VirusScan for Windows NT 2.5.1(9607) and 2.5.2(9609) are not compatible with Windows NT 4.0

Uninstall Mcafee

Windows NT 3.51 upgrade from Windows NT 4.0

Exact error is as follows:

STOP: 0x0000000A (0x0000015a, 0x0000001c, 0x00000000, 0x80116bf4)
IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

If you have upgraded your computer to Windows NT 4.0 from Windows NT 3.51 and have a server with Gateway Services for Netware to Windows NT 4.0 installed, remove the Gateway Services for Netware and reinstall the service to resolve this issue.

Service Pack

Exact error is as follows:

STOP 0x0000000a (0x00000006, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, **********) IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

********** - This portion may vary

Earlier service packs may have had issues with the TCP handling; updating the Service Pack will resolve the issue. Ensure you have the latest service pack installed in the computer.

Links to locations to download the latest service packs can be found through our Windows NT download section.

Driver issue

Drivers which have errors of their own can also cause the IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL error. Consider updating or reinstalling your drivers (more specifically, your network and/or SCSI drivers).

For a listing of driver manufacturer company pages, see our drivers page.

Hardware issue

In the event that the above information does not help to resolve your issue it is possible that the computer may be encountering a hardware issue. Attempt to exchange or replace hardware in the computer. Our recommendation would be:

RAM / CPU / NIC
 

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