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Archived: GPIB and Windows 2000: Computer Crashes with a DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL Error Message

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Primary Software: Driver Software>>NI-488.2
Primary Software Version: 2.2
Primary Software Fixed Version: N/A
Secondary Software: N/A

Problem:
When I use a GPIB board in my Windows 2000 system, my computer crashes with the following error message:
      Stop 0x000000D1 (0x00000060, 0x00000012, 0x00000000, 0xBFE6058A)
      DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

      Address BFE6058A base at BFE5C000 DateStamp 37939fe5 - gpibpci.sys (gpibatnt.sys for PCMCIA)
      Beginning dump of physical memory.


Solution:
We received feedback that this same error message occurred due to a defective RAM chip in one customer's computer system. If this is not the case, then continue with the following solutions.

PCI Solution:
Windows 2000 controls power in such a way that the system crashes under heavy communication traffic to the PCI-GPIB board. This is a timing-related issue with the driver, which shows up when the ACPI mode is enabled (by default) under Windows 2000.

NI-488.2 version 2.1 addresses this issue. If you have an earlier NI-488.2 version, you should uninstall that version through Add/Remove Programs in the Windows Control Panel, reboot, and then install NI-488.2 version 2.1.

If you must continue using NI-488.2 version 1.6 or 1.7, then replace the gpibpci.sys file on your machine with the one that is attached below and then reboot the machine. Only use the attached gpibpci.sys file if you are using NI-488.2 version 1.6 or 1.7. It should be at this location on your Windows 2000 system: \winnt\system32\drivers\gpibpci.sys

Since files with the .sys file extension are typically hidden by Windows 2000 by default, you may have to alter your View settings in Windows Explorer to see this file (see KnowledgeBase 2IQB2PLI, linked below).

PCMCIA Solution:
The Blue Screen is caused by an older Client Manager software for a Lucent WaveLAN wireless LAN card. This software starts a process called CMLUC. Updating to version 2.58 of the WaveLAN software should solve the problem.

Related Links:
KnowledgeBase 2IQB2PLI: How Do I Show Hidden/System Files on Windows Operating Systems?
Current GPIB Driver Versions
Drivers and Updates: NI-488.2 (Win32) Version 2.1 for Windows 2000/98/Me/XP

Attachments:


gpibpci.sys


Report Date: 11/28/2000
Last Updated: 08/27/2014
Document ID: 23R7A8LS

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