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GPU driver installation causes "DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" on Windows 7, and hard freezing on Windows 8.1

Question asked by danoded on Aug 20, 2018
Latest reply on Nov 16, 2018 by danoded

Ever since I built my new PC with these specs:


MSI X470 GAMING PRO Motherboard (Non-Carbon)

Ryzen 7 2700X

16 GB Corasir Vengeance LPX 3200MHz CL16



And installed my previous graphics card from my old the system, the SAPPHIRE 7870 GHz Edition GPU, I have only had problems when I have a graphics card drier installed. On Windows 7, my system will run fine for a duration of 1 minute to 1 hour before I am given a DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL BSOD error. On Windows 8.1, my PC will freeze and requires a physical restart in order to use my system again. This also happens with a duration between 1 minute to 1 hour. These issues do not exist when I have no graphics driver installed.


On Windows 8.1 I have tried the 17.4.4 driver only, on Windows 7 I have tried 18,17,16 and 13, all to no avail.


I have tested my RAM using Memtest, no errors were shown after 1hr30mins+ of running. I have absolutely zero problems without the graphics card driver installed.


My GPU was working with zero problems on in my old system running Windows 7. I have disabled any extra USB peripherals yet the issue still persists. I have no overclocks, and have tested my RAM with and without the XMP profile enabled, the issue still persists.