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By MDDDDD ·
I had a post out a few days ago describing how my system would mysteriously lock up while playing games. Well, it happened again and this time I actually got an error message.
PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
I looked this up in the Microsoft Knowledge Base and found that this is caused by faulty memory. The problem is that I don't know what memory is faulty. I don't think its the RAM because my computer started freezing even before I installed the new DIMMs. I disabled all caching and shadowing in the BIOS with the exception of the processor cache memory. If possible, could anyone tell me how probable it would be for the cache memory on the CPU to be faulty? Or, could it be the video card memory? If anyone has an insight into this, it wouldbe a great help. Thanks.

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by TheChas In reply to Faulty Memory

Paging is how Windows keeps track of what data is where.

Page faults most often are caused by hard drive errors, or data access requests overlaping.

Which version of Windows are you running, and how much RAM do you have?

The reason I ask, is Windows 9X and Me have a 'bug' that can cause intersting problems if you have over 511MB of RAM installed.
This bug is VERY configuration dependant.

Any part of your PC can fail.
It normally requires some electrical or thermal stress to causeeither the CPU or Cache to fail.

Registry errors can also cause Windows to get lost and generate errors of any type.
I use either Norton WinDoctor, or V-Com Fix-It to clean my registries.

Hope this helps,

Chas

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by MDDDDD In reply to Faulty Memory

Well, this is a new machine that I built in December. It been freezing up like this since I got it. All the components are new with the exception of my sound card. But it even froze when the sound card wasn't installed.
I am using Windows 2000 Professional and I have 512MB of DDR RAM.
It also started freezing before I had 512.
I am starting to wonder if the video card has bad memory. Thanks for the help.

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by HereInOz In reply to Faulty Memory

I seem to remember that the same article on the Microsoft site mentioned that it could be caused by some anti-virus software. Have you checked this?

A similar problem on the computer that I am using now was eventually solved by removing the CPU and re-inserting it a few times. It appeared that maybe the connection on one of the pins was dodgey. Unlikely? Yes, but I went down the same road of Memory, video card, anti-virus software, re-installing older versions of software, even a clean install of Windows - various versions to see if it was version critical. It wasn't - it failed with any of them!

Since re-seating the CPU, solid as a rock. At the moment!

Cheers,

Alan

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by MDDDDD In reply to Faulty Memory

Hmmm... I don't have any anti-virus software installed, but I will definitely try re-seating the CPU. Thanks for the help.

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by MDDDDD In reply to Faulty Memory

I tried re-seating the CPU and it froze already.

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by malcolmkk In reply to Faulty Memory

This may be a long shot, try checking your BIOS settings. Look for any reference to Virus checking, also check for ECC memory settings. Is your memory ECC?

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by MDDDDD In reply to Faulty Memory

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by MDDDDD In reply to Faulty Memory

I have the cache memory set to ECC. And the BIOS does support a hardware based antivirus.

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