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Getting NMI Parity Check error on shutdown

Hello, I'm using Win XP Pro OS on Compaq Deskpro PIII with about 256 meg ram.  When I do shutdown through WinXP, it looks like it is shutting down okay and then at the very end I get the following message:

*** Hardware Malfunction

Call your hardware vendor for support

NMI Parity check / memory parity error

*** The system has halted and will have to restart.

What is this related to?  I'm not exactly sure.  The computer then get's hung and I have to basically unplug it to turn it all the way off.  It then boots up fine so it only happens on shutdown.  
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jhanceCommented:
This is almost certainly a sign of a bad RAM module.  I'd try changing them out for some new ones.

Another possibility is a bad motherboard but this is really rare in my experience.
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jasonbeairdAuthor Commented:
Also, I saw an error recently when uninstalling a music creation software program that was related to my soundcard and said the driver was not correct.  Could it have something to do with that?
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tmj883Commented:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315223
Memory is the usual cause but other hardware malfunctions, corrupt or incompatible drivers, wrong BIOS versions can also be causes.
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joey_the_assCommented:
Well the driver problem is easy to rule out.  Simply do a system restore to a point before you uninstalled the program and if the problem goes away that's it.  It the proble persists, I would agree that it's a RAM problem.
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mysticaldanCommented:
Yes its possible. A bad driver can corrupt RAM and lead the system to believe that the RAM is bad. I suggest a restore back to an original state or a reinstall of windows to get rid of this problem.

To check RAm use Memtest from http://www.memtest86.com/#download1 and check if it goes OK. Let it run for at least 3-5 passes.

Dan
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Duncan54XCommented:
Some times, the dirty ram modules canĀ“t comunicate perfectly, try clean with a pen eraser over all pins, and put in to see what happend
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jasonbeairdAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay in my response.  I wanted to let the tech guy in my office look at this although he wasn't very helpful.  I did try removing each of the RAM cards, one at a time and rebooting.  The message still shows up on both of them.  I put them back.  I looked at the Device Manager and it looks like all my hardware is functioning normally.  Any other ideas on how to stop this error from coming up every time I shut down?
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jasonbeairdAuthor Commented:
problem was never solved because I haven't had time to do these things as I've been moving but thanks for all the tips
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