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By dcoyle ·
I am currently loading Win2K server on a HP E800 NetServer. It has dual PIII 866 chips, on-board ATI rage video and a NIC, 1096 (1 gig) RAM, 4 harddrives (all 18.1 gig: one HP and 3 Seagates), on board LSI/Symbios SCSI controller.
Problem is I get through most of the build...w2k loads etc, and does it's last re-boot...and comes up with this error:
"Hardware malfunction
Call your H/W vendor for support
NMI: Parity check / Memory parity error
*** The system has halted ***"

Now, the memory seems to test fine. I did a full diagnostic test (which HP have on their website for this unit). I tested various chips and get same error. They are in the correct slots on the motherboard, also. This is Kingston memory which HP specify for thisunit. So I doubt it is actually the memory. Also, used a boot disk, with the updated BIOS (from HP website), and get same error, once w2K is loading. So I presume it is not a Bios issue.
I am hoping someone has had the same problem before and can enlighten me? Like I say, I doubt it is either the memory or Bios. Could it be another type of hardware that is failing. Am open to suggestions. A detailed proceedure would be great? Points will be awarded.
Thx.

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by mrjay67 In reply to Server Build - parity err ...

Try this article at microsoft:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q222973
(remove any pesky spaces)
Basicly it says to check all your hardware. Reduce down to the bare essentials for operation.(ie: MBD, RAM, CPU, VIDEO, etc. No extras like sound, nic or modems) This should help isolate the issue If not try going into safe mode and removing/reloading drivers for the componets. The issue sounds to be with actual hardware or its drivers. Not other software or such. If you havent actually taken the memory out and tested with another set of Ram sticks I would do this first. Ram can be very tricky when it goes out or is on its way. You didnt say if its a single stick or more. Reduce the ram down to essential requirements and test individualy to see if it continues. If you have another PC to test with you could take the extra adapter cards and such and see how they act in a different system. Hope this helps or gets you in a right direction. With the error youdescribed its sometimes hard to pinpoint the exact piece of hardware, as it is a bit generic.

Hope this helps

Jason

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by dcoyle In reply to Server Build - parity err ...

Although I had already found it to be a second NIC card causing the problem, I appreciate the fast reply. I will use the other info for future days! You win! Thx.

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by dcoyle In reply to Server Build - parity err ...

Yes...Ans one is good. I had already taken out an extra NIC card, before I got this...but it is booting to Windows now...with no error. Might take a day or two to sort out. Keep in touch and thx!

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by ron In reply to Server Build - parity err ...

Something else to consider.

Rerun you installation with less RAM. 1 Chip.
If the problem goes away, you may have one of those funny (not as in HAHA funny) mainboards.

Example:
I don't remember the exact Asus Mainboard model, but there is onethat supports DDR ram up to 3GB.
The caveat is the first 2 sticks of Ram can be "double-sided", but the 3rd HAS to be single sided. It has to do with the way this particular board addresses the RAM.

Something else you might try is installing a different O/S. If it installs correctly, then you've narrowed the problem to something specific in Windows 2000.

Good luck.
Ron Velotta
Service Manager
www.computerheaven.com

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by dcoyle In reply to Server Build - parity err ...

Useful info, I will use for another day. Thx anyway!

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