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Published on 09.10.08 by Brent Trahan


How-to troubleshoot the Stop Message: Stop 0x2E or DATA BUS ERROR.

This message is typically caused by defective RAM which includes motherboard, Level 2 cache, and video memory. This can also be caused by installing the wrong type of RAM. Applications or drivers trying to access memory at an address that doesn’t exist can also cause this problem. A Stop 0x2E message can also indicate disk damage caused by a virus.

Resolving the Problem

Before you can fix this problem you need to figure out what caused it. Did you recently install new software or hardware? This will help out a lot when troubleshooting the problem.

  1. Stop 0x2E is typically caused by faulty memory hardware such as memory modules (RAM), Level 2 Cache on your processor, or video memory. If you recently installed more RAM, a new video card, or processor, that might be the cause of your problem. Try running Windows Memory Diagnostics to see if the RAM is causing this error.
  2. Faulty drivers or system services can cause this problem. If the service is named in the message, try disabling it. You might need to start Windows Vista in safe mode to disable the service. If a driver is named in the message try rolling it back to a working version.
  3. A corrupt hard drive can cause this error. Try running check disk to fix any problems with your hard drive.
  4. Check for cracks, scratched traces, or other defective components on your motherboard.

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