Laptop bluescreens when not in docking station

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I've got an IBM Thinkpad T43 laptop running Windows XP that works just fine when it is in the docking station on the corporate network.  But when removed & booted up, it bluescreens with a "IRQL not less or equal" message in NDIS.SYS.  This just started happening - it was working fine before.  No new driver or windows updates were applied.


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I ran SIGVERIF and it reported some unsigned drivers - but only one was modified recently.  A net adapter for VirtualBox that was installed back in June.  Gonna try removing that and see if it behaves.

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Uninstall your Network Adapter, reboot, and reinstall them with the latest drivers if the above doesnt help.
If you have any dumps, please post them here zipped up. They are in c:\windows\minidump, just zip them, and rename the .zip to .txt for uploading here.....

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I didn't screw with my default NIC adapter yet.  But after removing the net adapter for VirtualBox, I was able to reboot 2x without the docking station and it worked fine.  The real test will be tonight from home, when trying to connect to my WAP at boot up.

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ndis.sys = Network Driver Interface Specification
It is an XP driver and obviously network related
If you would like, I can look at the mini kernel dumps that s/b in c:\windows\minidump - add the suffix .txt to the file name, zip them up and attach to your next post.
jcgriff2
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Well, uninstalling the drivers didn't work, but installing virtual box seems to have worked.  Uptime is almost 15 whole minutes now ;)
Hi -
THANK YOU.  I do hope the 15 minutes BSOD-free uptime has greatly increased by now.
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