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STOP 0xD1 triggered by WOW

by ricahof / May 2, 2006 9:01 PM PDT

System= Windows XP SP1
P4 3.06
Nvidia 7800GS
SB Audigy 2 platinum
26" LCD TV connected by DVI

This is what happens: When I run World of Warcraft my computer reboots at random intervals. The error message that occurs is: DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
STOP:0x000000D1 (0x00000000, 0x00000002,0x00000000, 0x00000000) I have read the other threads on this topic but my problem seems weird because:
* My computer has worked fine for three years and has run WOW happily for one year
* No other games or programs crash- for example I run Oblivion for hours on end with not a flicker. It is only WOW.
* The only change to my system is the LCD but there were no drivers installed and it works fine for everything else

This is what I have done so far:
* taken my computer in to be checked/ serviced- they had it for a few days and can find nothing wrong with it (although admittedly I did not give them WOW account to try). They cleaned out some dust.
* Upgraded Radeon 9700 pro to Nvidia 7800GS (it seemed like a good excuse)- had it installed by computer shop- no change
* changed the monitor connection to VGA- no effect- back to DVI
* Deleted all add-ons - no effect
* Clean install of WOW - no effect
* drive does not need to be defragged
* drive has no errors (other games also reside on this drive)
* Read WOW forums- no joy
* Contacted WOW support- they say it's Windows and is not their problem
* Changed virtual memory setting as per a thread I found on this forum and at the MS knowledge base- no change- Should I change it back?
* This has been going on for months and I am now desperately appealing to you!!!

I just can't figure out how it is only WOW.....
any advice will be much appreciated.

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An issue that some are not aware of.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 2, 2006 9:44 PM PDT

3 years is good but the power supply, motherboard capacitors and some other parts degrade with time. But I'll also note today's pests are a big cause. If this was my machine, I'd clean off the heatsinks, inspect the motherboard capacitors (type BAD CAPS into for pictures), scan with HOUSECALL and EWIDO, then update all my drivers manually.

Then again it could be a power issue. 3 years and that power supply is a shadow of when it was new.

Best of luck,


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Thanks- but could you clarify?
by ricahof / May 3, 2006 4:41 PM PDT

I thank you for your prompt response- and I should have pointed out that spybot, adaware and zonealarm suite have found no problems. I ran housecall as suggested and found nothing.
I'm a little confused as to how some of the solutions (and I will certainly investigate them) could be causing a problem with only one application and not anything else despite constant usage. Also I think the computer technicial checked out the m/b and cleaned the insides out when I had it checked- I'm sure they would have very happily sold me new gear if I needed it and I've always found them very reliable...

Pardon my noobness also- I'll check video drivers- but when you say all my drivers- what else should I be looking at?

Am I missing something that I need to understand here or is there something more that I should be investigating?

Thankyou very much.

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