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Stop Error 0x0000007e on Server 2003

We have an Exchange Server with 32bit Server 2003 that has started getting the following blue screen error.

Blue Screen Trap (BugCheck, STOP: 0x0000007e (0x00000005, 0xF54A493C, 0XF5D12C30, 0XF5D1292C)

 It then reboots.  This occurs sporadically and I cannot find a pattern to when it occurs.   It is an HP box and I have run the hardware diagnostics from HP which found no issues.  I have run memtest which found no issues.  I ran chckdsk /r with no issues.  I have scanned for viruses/malware. I also found something that pointed to our Symantec Antivirus so I  updated the Symevent file on the server. I have attached the minidumps.

 I am getting the following errors in my event log

Event ID: 1001  Source: HP System
Power-On-Self-Test (POST) errors occurred during the last system startup.
User Action
Check the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) errors, and take corrective action as needed.
WBEM Indication Properties
AlertingElementFormat: 0 0 (Unknown)
AlertType: 5 0x5 (Device Alert)
Description: "Power-On-Self-Test (POST) errors occurred during the last system startup."
EventCategory: 4 0x4 (System Hardware)
EventID: "1"
EventTime: "20100817102226.391000+000"
ImpactedDomain: 4 0x4 (System)
IndicationIdentifier: "{294E2066-FDCA-46BF-BBFB-A4F1140BE999}"
IndicationTime: "20100817062218.740000-240"
NetworkAddresses[0]: ""
NetworkAddresses[1]: ""
OSType: 69 0x45 (Microsoft Windows Server 2003)
OSVersion: "5.2.3790"
PerceivedSeverity: 5 0x5 (Major)
ProbableCause: 8 0x8 (Configuration/Customization Error)
ProbableCauseDescription: "POST Errors Occurred"
ProviderName: "HP POST"
ProviderVersion: ""
RecommendedActions[0]: "Check the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) errors, and take corrective action as needed."
Summary: "POST errors occurred"
SystemCreationClassName: "HP_WinComputerSystem"
SystemFirmwareVersion[0]: "2006.03.01"
SystemFirmwareVersion[1]: "2006.03.01"
SystemGUID: "36373034-3331-5355-4536-32344E353838"
SystemModel: "ProLiant DL385 G1"
SystemName: "pdmail.Performancedesigns.com"
SystemProductID: "407613-001"
SystemSerialNumber: "USE624N588"
TIME_CREATED: 129265141463912364 0x1cb3df616cc0fac
VariableNames[0]: "POST Error Code"
VariableNames[1]: "POST Error String"
VariableTypes[0]: 3 0x3 (uint8)
VariableTypes[1]: 1 0x1 (string)
VariableValues[0]: "100"
VariableValues[1]: "Could not translate POST error"

Event ID:1123     Source:Server Agents
System Information Agent: Health: Post Errors were detected.  One or more Power-On-Self-Test errors were detected during server startup. Details of the POST error messages can be found in  Integrated Management Log.

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Meir RivkinFull stack Software EngineerCommented:
ibawolfAuthor Commented:
I did check the IML log which just listed the stop code.  I don't see anything in that link that tells me specifics about the stop code.  It does list some HP error log numbers but not the two that I am receiving.
Stope Error 7E is for bad HDD, Please check all disks are OK?
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ibawolfAuthor Commented:
I ran the HP Insight Diagnostics which stated that all drives are functioning properly.  Is there another tool you recommend for a second opinion?
You have checked the problems discussed in those links?
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/820362/en-us and http://support.microsoft.com/kb/906099
it can be a bad controller or HBA. Please check
And the messages displayed on POST (when you turn on your computer, before Windows loads), you have checked if there is anything wrong? Your logs indicate that the problem is in POST.
ibawolfAuthor Commented:
I do not see any errors displayed on POST.  I did install the hotfix but that did not help and I have not removed a RAID adapter from the server

-check for the memory.
- Check the errors of Operating system,if the OS is corrupted, its give error.

Tushar Kaskhedikar
ibawolfAuthor Commented:
I do not have a HBA.  How do I check for a bad controller?
It points to Symantec.
Do you have a Symantec product installed? Product version?
Is it up to date?

If no:
Uninstall it and see.
ibawolfAuthor Commented:
It is Symantec Endpoint Protection Version 11.0.4000.2295.  It is up to date.  I had found something on Symantecs website that pointed to this issue.  They suggested that I update the Symevent file on the server which I did but I still have the same issue.
Ibawolf Unfortunately no. I'm running 11.0.6005.562.

Can you Uninstall it and see?
( Just to try, first disconnect it from the network )
ibawolfAuthor Commented:
I can but it will have to wait until tonight as it is our only Exchange server and I cannot take offline for an extended period during the day
ok will wait for your response...

Hello Ibawolf,

Mini dumps are pointing towards ntfs.sys file & ntkrnlpa.exe i will second to awawada to remove symantec and see if blue screen occurs or not.

I just Googled ntkrnlpa.exe and there are so many cases for BSOD for you too look at:


Best Regards.
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