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Hardware malfunction my laptop dell Inspiron 6400 is experiencing problems right now. It stop and hang and a big blue screen is showing these message: HARDWARE MALFUNCTION CALL YOUR HARDWARE VENDOR FOR SUPPORT NMI : PARITY CHECK / MEMORY PARITY ERROR THE SYSTEM HAS HALTED Computer is a Sony VGN-N325E running Windows Vista XP Home. I just use it for e-mail and downloading and copying pic from my Digital Camera. I've gotten this message at least four times. I restart the computer and it starts up fine and then suddenly it happens again. What is going on?

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  • inspiron9400 Nov 16, 2008

    Exactly the same error message on the huge Dell Inspiron 9400 purchased July 2007 - running on power. The underneath was terribly hot - not battery area but absolute rear where the connections are. At switchon now can only get a black screen with no option to F12.

  • 22torey Dec 07, 2008

    When it comes on it has Error 00161,00165, and 00301

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From the error report, it sounds like you have a bad memory chip (RAM).
If it's under warranty, contact Dell for a replacement.
If it is out of warranty, go to a vendor that sells RAM and replace it (such as www.crucial.com)

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