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Irql not less or equal on install of XP


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I recently built a new machine based on the MSI 785G-E53 motherboard. It is populated with an AMD X6 1055T with stock air cooling, 2 gigs of Memory Master DDR3 memory (on 1 stick), an MSI Radeon 5750 graphics card, WD 1T SATA drive and a Thermaltake 460w PSU.

It was working fine at first, a couple of BSODs, but nothing unusual for a new build. I thought the stock AMD fan was a little noisy and was going to replace it. So I disassembled the machine in order to install a new fan. Turned out I didn't and reassembled the machine. Worked fine again for a short time, and then just quit. Suddenly XP wouldn't start, either normally or in safe mode.

So I tried reinstalling XP. It gets to a point where it restarts, and then while installing devices, it goes BSOD on me, with the above message. I have disabled the internal LAN and audio, removed the graphics card, moved the memory to other slots, all with no improvement.

I read in another place that it could be the CPU overheating, but I have checked it in BIOS after installation fails and it reads about 123F. That doesn't seem ridiculous to me.

Usually I have a fairly good grasp of what is going on with my machines, but this baffles me. Memory? Motherboard or a component on it?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I might be wrong but I would look at your PSU as the maybe problem, 460watt seems enough but it could be non sufficient for your power consumption demand.
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That may well be it. But would it fail at the same place in the installation process every time? I don't know.

Of course, "I don't know" is why I'm here in the first place!

Thanks for the suggestion. I've been thinking about getting a 700w PSU anyway.
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For what it is worth, this problem is resolved. It appears to have been a BIOS issue with XP. I created a slipstream install disk with Service Pack 3, and the installation went fine,

I used a freeware program called nlite to make the slipstream.

Hope this helps someone else.
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