I started recieving a blue screen error about 4 days ago on my desktop. The blue screen error reads, "irql not less or equal." The blue screen shows up when I am playing a game and I push the windows key (the key next to alt and option) to minimize the screen. I realize that this may be putting unecessary stress on my system but it has never been a problem before. I have spent the last 4 days on the phone with Dell. I have formatted and reinstalled Windows 5 times with the same result. At first Dell was telling me that it was a software issue. Then, a different Dell agent told me that it was definitely hardware. My hardware passes the Dell 32 bit diagnostics test every time. Nontheless, Dell has agreed to come out and replace my motherboard and ram. I am pretty sure that it isn't a software problem because it has happened with different games. All of my drivers are up to date and I have all of my Windows update. Is it normal to get a blue screen when playing a game and pushing the Windows icon key to minimize it? Does this put too much stress on my system? Is that a reason to get a blue screen? Here are my specs:
Dell XPS 400
Windows Media Center Edition
Pentium D Processor 3.0 Ghz
2 GB of RAM
Any help would be much appreciated! I am very stressed out about this problem. Like I said before, pushing the Windows key on my keyboard has never been a problem and now pushing that key during a game gives me the above blue screen.