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Motherboard problems? It started with an error message - "Driver_irql_not_less_or_equal" which ended with a memory dump and the computer hung up. After this continued for a number of days (I was on the road at the time and couldn't get to a support facility) the screen started to go blank. The power light was on but the computer was frozen. Turning it off and then on again would bring the system back for a couple of minutes but then it would hang up agan.That is the current situation.The computer is 2.5 years old. Has 1Gb Ram and is running XP pro with all the updates. I tried a reset to an earlier restore point but that did not make any difference.I spoke to a technician (not a sony one) who said that it is probably the motherboard. I was unable to get Sony even to answer the phone without paying $30 for the privilege! Do you have any suggestions? Many thanks Geoff Caine

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These messages can occur after installing faulty drivers or system services. If a driver is listed by name, disable, remove, or roll back that driver to confirm that this resolves the error. If so, contact the manufacturer about a possible update. Using updated software is especially important for backup programs, multimedia applications, antivirus scanners, DVD playback, and CD mastering tools.
Make sure memory is not at fault. Use memtest86 (www.memtest86.com). You will probably have to leave memtest overnight to make sure every single bit is tested. Try reseating the RAM module.

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