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Hardware Malfunction, NMI: Parity Check / Memory Parity Error

Hi!

I have a Dell machine with Windows XP. When I start the PC, and after the POST is complete, I get the following error message on a blue screen:

*** Hardware Malfunction
Call your hardware vendor for support
*** The system has halted ***

NMI: Parity Check / Memory Parity Error

My initial thought was that the RAM was faulty, but tested this and didn't seem to be the case. Eventually, I decided to remove the CMOS battery. I left it out for 10 minutes, and booted the computer without it, and Windows loaded as normal. After replacing the battery, the error message re-appeared.

From this, I assume their is something wrong with the BIOS configuration. Any ideas where to look / how to fix this ?

Thanks for your help!
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Julian Matz
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Julian Matz
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knoxzooCommented:
Turn off parity check in BIOS.
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maimon22Commented:
try updating the bios
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Julian MatzJoint ChairpersonAuthor Commented:
Found a BIOS update... Seems to be working now... Thanks!
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xfarmerCommented:
I just ran in to the same problem, glad you were here with the accepted solution maimon22  :)
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