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I am getting the blue screen with IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL but only when I run a communications utility within my application (a custom vb2005 and C++ graphics manipulation program). The communications feature uses an RS232 connection to a similar program on another computer to exchange information. Lower down the blue screen it says:
*** stop: 0x0000000A (0x0000BA33,0x00000002,0x00000001,0x806E6A8E)
The computers are Winows XP, SP3.
We currently use the motherboard RS232. I'll try an adaptor. Any other suggestions?
Thanks
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by:akajohn
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You will need to go into Device Manager or your Bios and check which hardware devices, (Hard disk Controller, Sound Card , Network Card, etc...) is using the same IRQ. (Make a list) You have a conflict and possibly some old interface card refuse to use IRQ numbers that are higher than 5 which restricts the choices. Ideally, run it on a machine with no external cards in the  slots!

Also see if you can change the IRQ of the COM 1 or COM 2 port. (RS 232) in the bios.

This is very annoying and We wish you good luck, It is trial and error until you find the right combination.

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This is usually a memory fault (either faulty RAM or faulty sockets on the board). Grab memtest and see what it reports.
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usually a RAM fault, try remove one by one if you have more than 1 installed and switch on to know which one is causing this fault, and replace if needed with a new one
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Contrary to the responses above, the BSOD in question is usually caused by a driver. Can you change the driver used? Attach a recent minidump (located in C:\windows\minidump folder) and we'll try to pinpoint the driver at fault.
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by:focuser
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Changing Com1;s IRQ, from 04 to 03, by changing the settings selection in Device Manager, did not help. When communications was turned on it happened again. I'm attaching the minidump log.

Mini031511-01.dmp
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The faulting driver is serial.sys which is probably located here: c:\windows\system32\drivers\serial.sys

Try copying serial.sys from another PC with same version of Windows.

I've attached the complete dump analysis log. Analysis.log
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copying serial.sys in from the neighboring xp computer didn't help. Could the pointer to serial.sys indicate the utility using serial.sys (communications)?
I'll try reloading my main application. Then I suppose I should try a USB to serial adaptor.
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Using a PCIE board with 2 comports has solved my problem.
Thanks all.
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