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Memory parity error

By TCool
Mar 21, 2007
  1. I have a Dell Inspiron 9400 (as some of you might know from helping me before). Every once in a while, not very often tho, I'll get a blue screen and it will say Hardware error Memory parity error. This will only happen once every couple days, and is just random.

    So, could someone PLEASE tell me it doesn't mean my ram is bad. PLEASE!!!! :p

    LOL, I don't wanna send it back to Dell again. So, any ideas on what could cause this?

    Thanks again, you guys are great. :)
     
  2. gavinseabrook

    gavinseabrook TS Rookie Posts: 320

    Does your BSOD give you a stop code of any form (usually looks like 0x000000001a)
     
  3. TCool

    TCool TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 64

    Nope, and I forgot to mention that it gives me no information about this in the event viewer either.
     
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    If you suspect bad ram, run memtest 86+ booted from a floppy or CD rom. Run for at least 7 passes. If you get any errors, the RAM is bad.
     
  5. gavinseabrook

    gavinseabrook TS Rookie Posts: 320

  6. TCool

    TCool TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 64

    Ok, I read some of that, will finish the rest when I'm not so tired. But the error just happened again, seems to be getting more frequent. And this is exactly what it says:

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

    I'll run the memory test too and let you guys know how it goes. Thanks for the help.
     
  7. gavinseabrook

    gavinseabrook TS Rookie Posts: 320

    To me it sounds like faulty memory. Just remember that if you get new memory, get good memory. None of that "Kingston Value Ram" lol
     
  8. TCool

    TCool TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 64

    Well, I'll be getting whatever kind Dell sends me for replacement. I'm still under warranty :)
     
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