BSOD with parity error on a system with no parity memory: what does it mean?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by ivankrakov, May 16, 2007.

  1. ivankrakov

    ivankrakov Guest

    Vista gave me a BSOD which said

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

    But the system has no parity (or ECC) memory, so a parity error is
    impossible. So what is Vista really saying when it gives this error
    message?
     
    ivankrakov, May 16, 2007
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  2. ivankrakov

    Not Me Guest

    Check your BIOS settings, I have seen improper RAM type settings in BIOS
    generate similar errors.
    If the motherboard/bios thinks you have RAM installed with the parity chip,
    and it doesn't find it during POST, you'll get that error.
    If it is booting to Vista then generating the error, you may have a
    corrupted file somewhere.
     
    Not Me, May 16, 2007
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