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Memory parity error

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hazzarduk1, Jun 1, 2006.

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  1. hazzarduk1

    hazzarduk1 Thread Starter

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    a few minutes ago after trying to move a 2gig file from one hard drive to another, the screen turned blue. here is a copy of the error exactly

    *** Hardware malfunction
    Call your hardware vendor for support
    NMI: Parity check/ memory parity error
    *** The system has halted***


    it happened a few days ago, i ran a test and nothing came up. its only started to worry me now its came back.
     
  2. happyrck

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    what test did you run...give us more info on your system spec's
     
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  4. hazzarduk1

    hazzarduk1 Thread Starter

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    i ran the Microsoft Windows Memory Diagnostic. downloaded directly from the microsoft site.

    my pc:
    XP Pro SP2
    Pentium 4 2.6
    1024mb RAM
    40gb HDD(Master)
    200gb HDD(Slave)
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Let's start by finding out something about the system. Make/model of the MB would be a good start. Do you know if you actually have parity memory installed, it's somewhat rare for a desktop system nowadays. If not, you are having a MB or I/O card fault I would guess.
     
  6. hazzarduk1

    hazzarduk1 Thread Starter

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    my pc is a fujitsu siemens scenic x100... it still has the stock motherboard in it. according to the fujitsu siemens site, this is my motherboard. it looks exactly the same.(if that counts for anything)

    mPGA478 Socket IntelĀ® Celeron & PentiumĀ® 4
    i845GV Chipset
    400/533/MHz FSB
    2 DIMM Slots (DDRAM)
    184 pin, 2.5V, 64 bit, DDR 200,266,333
    Max memory 2GB
    No ECC Support (unbuffered)
    Integrated i845GV Video Controller
    Integrated Audio Codec - Empia EMP202
    1 x Line In
    1 x Line Out
    1 x Microphone
    ATA 100 IDE Controller
    3 x PCI Slots (32bit)
    4 x USB ports (USB 2.0) 2 rear, 2 front
    Integrated ADMTek AN983B 10/100mbps LAN Controller
    WOL Support
     
  7. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Well, it's not memory that's causing the issue, at least not parity checking. :D
     
  8. hazzarduk1

    hazzarduk1 Thread Starter

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    if it isnt the memory? what else could be causing this? how much would it cost to fix / replace?

    it only happens once every few days, so at least the pc is fairly useable, its just an annoyance.
     
  9. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I'd start by doing all the usual steps, check the seating of all the connectors, expansion cards, memory modules, etc. Then, I'd run one of these memory tests for a few hours. If all that checks out, it's time to start looking for possible failed hardware.

    Microsoft Memory Diagnostic

    MEMtest86
     
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