NMI: parity check error on boot up

By cola6598
Feb 22, 2008
  1. Hi

    I have a 1.5 year old Dell dimension 3100 - owned and used by a 70 year old lady for email and and some surfing that is about all:)

    The computer will not boot-up.

    I am getting a generic message( when googling the error - there are millions of people who all get this error - many with Dell's - but not so many on boot-up and very few solutions).

    BSOD: Hardware Malfunction
    NMI: Parity Check/Memory parity Error. The system has halted

    It is not the RAM
    I have disabled on all onboard devices - USB, NIC, Sound
    I tried a PCI video card.

    Many web-sites suggest that I update BIOS but the BIOS updates will not run from DOS and I cannot get XP to boot up - inorder to update the BIOS.

    Any thoughts?


  2. cola6598

    cola6598 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    I just noticed a PCI modem and removed it and now the computer boots:)

    I wonder if I fixed it or just got a lucky moment. Time will tell.

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