NMI: Parity Check/ Memory Parity Error -- System crash

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  1. PrimalGhost

    PrimalGhost Newbie

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    Hello,

    I have a Dell Inspiron 6400, which was purchased in 2007.
    I had this error message virtually a week after buying the laptop, I phoned Dell and they gave over the phone advice and simply recommended a system format - had nothing to do with the problem nor did it fix it.
    After some time it because apparent that the error message only appeared when the laptop was running from the battery (not plugged into the mains)
    So my simple solution was to only use my laptop when it was plugged into the mains, I had no problems for ~3 years used my laptop for various things from gaming, to web browsing to graphic design.
    Recently the error returned with a vengeance, and was occurring intermittently ranging from 3 minutes from start-up to a few hours of runtime.

    I've stripped the laptop cleaned all the dust inside, and re-seated everything.
    I highly recommend you don’t do this, because it’s a waist of time and does not fix the problem.

    I recently brought a broken computer, 19" monitor, keyboard and mouse - ps2 connections all for £50.
    So whilst I'm rebuilding the computer I've been using the 19" monitor on the Inspiron.

    After two weeks I haven’t had any crashes, it’s still fairly slow compared to what it was on the first day. But via VGA cable to an external monitor it seems to of fixed the issue.
     
  2. stickyiky

    stickyiky Newbie

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    Hello all!

    Approx 70 odd pages on this topic...:cool:

    just wanted to add.

    I have a Sony Viao VGN-N383/W :eek:

    Whenever I try to insert a USB into the side of the laoptop i get this same error.

    Have tried different RAM sticks.:(

    No avail!

    If this does not sort itself out... I will be breaking the laptop with a BIG SLEDGE HAMMER! and will be posting the vid.

    I am a graphics designer and all of my customer(s) work is on there.

    Dont knw what to do!..if i had any hair... i would be pulling it all OUT even the small bits....using a tweezer!:mad: :mad: :mad:
     
  3. Abylonx

    Abylonx Newbie

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    Hello,

    I just want to share how I got rid of this error.

    First of all, I have a Dell Inspiron 640m (a.k.a Inspiron E1405).
    Video card: Mobile Intel 945GM Express (=onboard videocard)
    Network card: Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller
    Wireless card: Intel 3945ABG.

    I have used this setting for 4 years without any problems (the only ' problem' is the limited range of my wireless card, but unfortunately this is normal for this card).

    One day I decided to replace this wireless card with another card, a Atheros AR5007EG.

    The moment I installed the driver for this new card, I imidiatelly got the Memory Parity error everybody is talking about. I have tried all kind of drivers (the newest and very old ones) for the atheros card, I even un-installed the Videocard driver because somebody thought is was PCI-E/Video-card related, but it all ended with the same dissapointing result.

    I believe, at least in my case, the problems is in the Athw.sys file that is used for the atheros-card driver.

    So, here is what I did and what worked for me:
    I used atheros driver v7.6.0.172 and this athw.sys (v1343616.0.0 and 1.28Mb).
    Go to start, Run: "devmgmt.msc" and update the ethernet driver. During installation you are asked to give the location of the athw.sys, then point to this athw.sys.

    After doing this, my card worked perfectly and I could connect tot a wireless network imidiatelly.

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    Update:

    The wireless card is working perfectly... until the laptop is rebooted. After reboot the Parity error will dominate the screen at startup. So if you are planning to never switch-off your laptop, this solution could work for you :(

    For all the other people; back to the drawing table for a new fix...
     
  4. Inspiron6400

    Inspiron6400 Newbie

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

    Hi Guys I also have 1GB x 2 RAM from Dell and x1400 video/graphic card. and encountered the above error while booting it into normal mode. Whereas when I boot it into safe mode it works. I am using another screen to see this message as my dell laptop screen has stopped working together with this problem.
    Please guide me. Thanks a lot in advance.
     
  5. Andaeda

    Andaeda Newbie

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    Same thing. I'm running a Dell XPS laptop, with a Nvidia graphics card. I'm also getting red distortion on my screen, just before each "halt", or at least I was. This happened 3-4 times in a couple of minutes, and now my laptop won't start up anymore. It reaches the Windows 7 logo, then the screen goes black and the machine becomes unresponsive... it's sucky, because I just got it for Christmas. I will be taking it into the shop soon.

    Still no fix for this? :(
     
  6. Ender0g

    Ender0g Newbie

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    So I have A dell business Computer with a Pentium D using the stock mother bored graphic drivers, this computer has worked for probably 8 years with out fail and has never had any problems. I recently gave the computer an internet connection because we are going to start sending emails for the company from it. the first thing i did once it had an internet connection was update the software then windows to service pact 3 <---------------- BAD PLAN!!!!!!!!

    I have found now with dell pre built computers that the stock operating system weather xp, 7, vista, me, w/e is usually corrupted in one way or another. I say this because i have also own a handful of Dell gaming computers and have had this or other blue screen problems with every one of them after windows updates.

    My solution simply the only way i have been able to fix this particular problem on this computer most recently is to reformat, or system restore to an earlier date preferably to were the computer is in its stock format, the way it came from dell. Though on pretty much all my computers i will just reformat, so that i can get up to date windows updates especially on the business computer, for more security reasons than one.
     
  7. doc_jochim

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    Hello,

    after installing a PCIe-x1-adapter (zotac GT218) into my Dell Dimension 3100, I got the following error message:

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

    I don't need the card for gaming, but only to get a graphic resolution matching to my widescreen monitor. Although I updated the graphic drivers, my onboard graphic is not able to do that.

    If I start my system (Windows XP home SP3) in VGA-Mode, I reach system-login-window, but after giving my credentials, I get the error-message again :-(

    Is there perhaps any idea, how I can convince my system to talk to my graphic-adapter without any errors?!

    I already updated bios, chipset-drivers, windows...

    As the problem occurs directly after powering on my system, a temperature problem can be excluded.

    Perhaps a problem with the nvidia chips on the graphic card?

    But if i plug the card into another non-dell-system, the card is accepted and the installation works without any problems...

    :confused:

    André

    PS: sorry for offtopic posting (my computer is a desktop-computer, not a laptop or notebook...)
     
  8. bababoris

    bababoris Newbie

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    I get the same blue screen that says
    *** Hardware Malfunction
    Call you hardware vendor for support
    NMI: Parity Check / Memory Parity Error
    *** The system has halted ***

    Started today after I installed a Zotac GT218-ION 512MB graphics card into a ML310 HP Proliant server

    Any help would be appreciated!
     
  9. Terry Kennedy

    Terry Kennedy Notebook Consultant

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    Is this discussion wildly misplaced? This floor is for Dell laptops.

    The NMI handler isn't particularly clever - think of a railroad train where each car has an emergency brake pull handle - anything can pull any of those handles and activate the train's brakes (or your NMI). Additionally, there are lots of other things (besides the obvious handles) that will activate the train's brakes - a break in an air hose, running past a signal that said stop, or the engineer not acknowledging the regular "are you awake" alerter buzz.

    Back at our PCs - NMI was an interrupt that couldn't be ignored (hence the name - Non-Maskable Interrupt) and which had precedence over other interrupts. It did get used for a bunch of completely unrelated things - back in the [genuine] IBM PC and PC/XT models, the advanced debugger you could buy to replace PC-DOS's DEBUG.EXE came with a circuit board that plugged into an expansion card socket. When you pressed the button, an NMI was generated that transferred control to the debugger program.

    There was a brief fling with using NMI as a way to signal a memory parity error, but that only lasted from the time when 30-pin SIMMs w/ parity came out to when 72-pin DIMMs arrived, since most low-medium and better chipsets could do actual error correction (as well as detection).

    Unfortunately, most BIOS brands in use today have code from those old days left in them, with the error message text that points to memory as the likely culprit, even though that hasn't been the case for years.

    For something more to the point that may relate to your system - I have to go into the Dell [Optiplex 755/960] BIOS setup and configure "Disable SEER" or randomly, activity on the video card will trigger on of those BIOS parity error messages.
     
  10. obama6493

    obama6493 Newbie

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    Pretty sure it is not the software.

    For me, I have had the problem 6 times now, 4 recently while watching Streaming Flash Video online from youtube, break, or nbc.com. The other 2 times were just completely random.

    And once again, for me, it isn't the RAM.
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    Watch TV Online
     
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