what is GPF?


sorry i come across this term a few times already and what i understand is general protection fault - essentially like a super overarching error dialog box.

what is a GPF?

thanks in advance guys
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aadihConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes. GPF = General Protection Fault.

Look here for a definition:
http://searchwinit.techtarget.com/definition/general-protection-fault >
Dave BaldwinConnect With a Mentor Fixer of ProblemsCommented:
GPF is when the memory manager detects a bad memory request or error.  The memory manager allocates memory to programs to use and also keeps track of what it's supposed to be used for.  If a program tries to use the memory segment in a way it's not supposed to, you'll get a GPF.  Or if the program tries to access an area outside of the memory segment because it did the arithmetic wrong, you can get a GPF.
Excerpts (from the definition link):

(1) "General protection fault (GPF, sometimes seen as general protection error) the name of an error caused when an application program tries to access storage that is not designated for its use."

(2) "If an application program were to be able to write outside of its assigned storage area, it could overwrite other applications' or the operating system's instructions and data. (If that should happen, the operating system would "crash" or close down in some way and you would have to reboot the operating system.) Closing down the errant application protects other applications and the operating system."
developingprogrammerAuthor Commented:
guys thanks for your help on this! apologies my reply got lost when i was disconnected previously! = )
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