A Strange Error Message

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  1. Chu Gai

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    appeared on a spare computer running XP (all patches) once. PC booted up normally and after a couple of minutes, the screen went blue and the following comment appeared:
    bad_Pool_Counter along with some words that this showed up to prevent damage to the computer. The PC was shut down then rebooted and the message no longer appears. Virus scan (Norton) and other diagonostics show nothing. Can't find anything about this message on the web. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Mike Veroukis

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    Do you by chance mean BAD_POOL_CALLER? If so, that just means that a kernel-mode process or driver incorrectly attempted to perform memory operations in the following ways:

    - By allocating a memory pool size of zero bytes.
    - By allocating a memory pool that does not exist.
    - By attempting to free a memory pool that is already free.
    - By allocating or freeing a memory pool at an IRQL that was too high.

    This Stop message is typically due to a faulty driver or software.

    Like duh!

    Above stolen from here. You may want to consider upgrading your drivers, or even disconnecting certain devices. If the error never shows itself again, it may have been a freak event.

    - Mike
     
  3. Chu Gai

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    That was it Mike. My faulty memory! No, it's never happened again. Thanks for remembering!
     

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