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NTKERN error at start up

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by jfk3000, Jan 31, 2003.

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  1. jfk3000

    jfk3000 Thread Starter

    Jan 31, 2003
    When I turn on my PC it stops on a black screen with the message NTKERN error. I hit any key to carry on and it goes into safemode, from there if I restart, it starts up ok...help !

    It doesn't do it every time and it doesn't do it on a restart only from a complete closedown

    I am running W98 and can't remember what was the last installation etc before this happened.

    Hope somebody can help
  2. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

    Jan 27, 2001
  3. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    Most of the ntkern / windows protection errors that I've seen have come down to faulty ram.

    If you have more than one module installed you might want to just run with one at a time.

    You can also use a software tester, DocMemory, but a "pass" does not always rule out faults. Fails, though would definitely point to a problem.


    Have it run two or three loops at least.
  4. VirtualMe


    Sep 27, 2002
    Could also be defective random access memory (RAM) in your computer.

    Try using the System Configuration tool to limit the amount of random access memory (RAM) available to Windows. To do so, follow these steps:

    1. Restart Windows in Safe mode. To do so, restart your computer, press and hold the CTRL key until the Windows 98 Startup menu appears, and then choose Safe Mode.

    2. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Information.

    3. On the Tools menu, click System Configuration Utility.

    4. On the General tab, click Advanced.

    5. Click the Limit Memory To <n> MB check box (where <n> is a number) to select it, and then set the memory limit value to xxx MB. Where xxx MB is one less than the actual amount you have installed. Example: If you have 256 MB set it to 255 MB

    6. Click OK, click OK, and then restart your computer.

    If that don't work try lowering it more.
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