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NMI: Pariety Check Error.. help. :|


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Synesthesiia5

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I have a Dell 1420 Inspiron laptop and my 1-year warrant just expired (how ironic) -- for the past few days I have been having some weird visual errors such as a flickering screen (shows random lines or pixels) Also I've gotten a pink, a blue, and a few black screens. My screen will occasionally freeze sometimes too.

When I opened my laptop today after logging onto (after the welcome screen), I got the following error:

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

The error screen was blue and had the crazy black lines so the error msg was even hard to read.

Does any one have any idea what this error could be related to? I'm trying to research it a bit before I go ahead and call Dell. argh.

Thanks in advance though. :D

Edited by Synesthesiia5, 17 June 2009 - 12:45 AM.

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Sounds like your video card or screen is going. I would call Dell even though your warranty has expired. They still may be able to assist you, or fix it for a cost.
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Thats a memory problem.

Run memtest86+ and post your results.
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Does memtest also test the graphics card memory?
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I dont believe so. The parity error is always a RAM problem though.
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diabillic is right.

MemTest does not check the graphics card memory but it does not seem to b you'r problem
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Ah ok. I know I have had the same symptoms and it was my memory on my graphics card dying. But I did not receive any errors, so I guess I just got a bit confused.
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Thanks, guys.

I was thinking it was my RAM as well. I did a little investigating.. I took out both of my RAM sticks and tried one at a time, in each slot.

First, I tried the 1GB in the top slot and it worked.

Second, I tried the 1GB in the bottom and it did not work. So I figured the bottom slot is the problem.

BUT, just trying it out.. I stuck both RAM sticks back in both of the slots.. and then it worked! I swear, it seems to work sometimes.. and the f'up the other. :| Pretty odd.

I'm running lots of programs and games to see if it messes up again, so far.. it's working fine.

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The laptop needs at least one ram srick to run. In the first slot the laptop needs ram to boot and run and the other one to expand memmory.
So to check the second ram you need to swap places.
But if it is working then don't touch yet :)
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