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Memory Parity Error

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#1 scurvycure


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Posted 01 March 2009 - 03:05 PM

In the last 24 hours my computer has at seemingly random times displayed the following blue screen message:

***Hardware Malfunction
Call your hardware vendor for support
NMI: Parity Check / Memory Parity Error
*** The system has halted ***

It is a Dell Dimension XPS system running XP Home Edition. I never had any problems in the 3 or 4 years I have had it. A couple weeks ago I reinstalled the operating system due to a virus infection.

I have tried to install all of the most recent drivers but frankly I am not sure I got all of them. I have also noticed a couple occasions since then where I seem to lose all sound. It comes back after rebooting. I mention this because the Microsoft support page for this error message lists drivers as a possible cause.

Anyhow, I am a bit lost as to how to go about diagnosing what is causing this. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks,


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#2 hamluis



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Posted 01 March 2009 - 03:58 PM

Microsoft guidance: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315223

I would check the Dell forums for assistance also.


#3 scurvycure

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 12:19 PM

Thanks for that reference. I ran a memory check and it did not indicate any errors. I then checked the website for my video card and found there had been e recent update to the driver file. I installed that and so far, for the past 2 days or so, everything seems to be running fine. Hope I am not jinxing it.

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