What are Stop Errors and what’s the cause


Stop errors are caused when Windows literally stops working. This only occurs in operating systems based on the versions of Windows that are based on the WinNT core, namely, WinNT, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Vista. The problem is caused by some problem in system hardware. The stop error is easy to recognize by its characteristic blue screen (the entire screen turns blue) and the error message displayed in white letters.

You will probably not understand many of the stop error messages. These messages can at times be difficult to interpret, even for experienced users. However, here is a list of some of the most common errors to help you out:

Stop 0×0000000A: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL – This error means that a process run by the Windows kernel or a hardware device driver attempted to access a location in memory that it is not allowed to access. It may be caused by numerous reasons, but usually corrupted RAM modules are to be blamed.

Stop 0×000000D1: DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL – This message looks almost the same as the previous one, except that this one is caused by incompatible drivers installed for any hardware.

Stop 0×00000024: NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM – This error indicates that Windows encountered a problem when it tried to access the NTFS.sys file. This is the driver that the operating system uses to perform read-write operations on NTFS-formatted drives. The cause may be a faulty hard disk.

Stop 0×000000ED: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME – This error is fired up when any input/output subsystem tries to use the boot drive of your hard disk and fails. This can be caused by fast ATA drives, after you upgrade to Windows XP Professional.

Stop 0×00000050: PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA – This error is thrown up when the operating system tries to find some information in the system RAM but fails. A faulty RAM module is usually the culprit for this problem. It can be your system RAM, the RAM on your L2 cache or even that of your video card.

Stop 0×0000008e: PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA – This pretty common blue screen error is caused when you use a RAM configuration that is incompatible with XP, or when your RAM develops some physical error.

Stop 0×0000007B: INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE – This error is a very serious one, as it indicates that Win XP Professional was unable to access the system partition during the boot up process. This can occur if you update the storage drivers for your storage adapter. But if that is not the case, then it usually indicates that your system partition has been damaged some kind of virus infection.

These are the most common stop errors indigenous to Windows XP operating system. If you experience one of these errors, then you should get your PC checked by a qualified service engineer as soon as possible.

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