After the progress bar in Vista, a Blue Screen of Death appears and my PC restarts (both in a fraction of a second, so I can't provide screenshots). I was installing Google Chrome, Updating An AV Database, and updating Adobe Reader (I had my built-in Wifi running), then I left my PC running for lunch. When I returned, the PC was on screensaver mode, I swiped my mouse, it won;t go to login screen (as I configured the PC to ask for a PW when running a screensaver. I initiated a sleep, waited, then, since the whole thing won't work, I did a hard-reset, which now gives me this error.

I am running Vista Home Premium SP2 on a NEO VIVID V3163 with standard features. I can't seem to find the error.

I ran the PC in Safe mode and it would continue. I really don't understand.

What can I do to repair my PC? I don't have my Installation CD for I am at the field...

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If the PC runs in safe mode, have you tried using the restore facility to go back to before you did the insallations.

Also you may be able to uninstall those installations, then run a clean up program and then shut down normally (dont just turn off) and try a normal restart, if that doesn't work try the safe mode and go back to last good known working config from the boot screen.


Sounds like something you installed if you are able to boot into Safe mode without a blue screen crashing your system.

Are you getting an error message that says IRQL_LESS_THEN_OR_EQUAL_TOO? If so conflicting drivers maybe the cause of your personal anguish. Following mjdodds advice and initiating a system restore usually would correct this problem. Booting into safe mode and running a registry cleaning program is also a good idea to clean up any lingering registry files that could also be causing driver conflicts in your system.


Yup, I get IRQL_LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL. System Restore won't work, for the last restore point was the crash, should I re-install my OS?

I can't run Safe Mode, after stupidly scheduling a disk error check.

Thanks for the advice


Do you have any earlier restore points saved on record, or just one restore point? Your restore directory should contain numerous scheduled restore points even if you never made them personally yourself. Does your laptop have a recovery partition that allows you to perform a windows recovery or repair?

As far as I can see it, you have two options available to you. One being harder and more time consuming then the other.

Option 1: Circumvent disk check, Scan your system, Update any conflicting or out dated device drivers.

You should be able to skip any disk error checks upon boot up. They are segmented by about a 5 second keystroke intervention interval, then you hard reset your computer (holding down the power button until the unit shuts off) and reboot. That should over ride the disk scan and prompt you with a list of boot options.

When you're in safe mode you need to determine if drivers are in fact causing an OS conflict. Downloading a program like Everest (http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Info/Everest-Home-Edition.shtml) and scan your devices for any missing or outdated drivers and then use the recommended download sites on Everest to update the software (or find them free via search engine).

Reboot your system normally and your Blue screen problem should be fixed. Maybe run windows update or a registry cleaning program just to tie up any loose ends.

Option 2: Back up all your data, Reformat your C:, reinstall windows.

Basically as easy as it sounds and usually works the best. Back up all pertinent data using an external hard drive or secondary networked computer. Insert windows disc and reinstall a fresh copy of Windows. Run all hardware related window updates afterwards. This is generally a better idea because a fresh copy of the OS ensures that no conflicting drivers are present and you can narrow down actions if one suddenly pops up later on.

If during the reinstallation process you encounter a Blue Screen, then your system is suffering from a hardware problem (most likely over heated CPU or bad RAM) and not a software conflict. But in my experience that error code almost always refers to a driver conflict. Good luck!

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