Windows protection error

Windows protection error

Post by gkauche » Mon, 19 Jan 2004 08:11:11

iga-Byte Motherboard GA-6WMM7
Windows 98
CPU - Intel Celeron 500 MHz
63 MB RAM indicated in Device Manager (I believe the on-board graphics
adapter uses some of the RAM from my 64MB chip)
Compaq P700 monitor
Adaptec AVA-2902I SCI Host Adapter (for sacnner)

In the morning when I first boot up I eventually get a black screen
that says in the upper left hand corner:

"Windows Protection Error. You need to restart your computer"

No matter how many times I immediately attempt to re-boot "Normal" I
am unsuccessful and I get the same message.

I am successful booting normally only if I do the following 3 step

1)Boot into Safe Mode.
2)Shutdown completely (computer and monitor)
3)Reboot in Normal Mode.

After I do this, and I use the computer for a little while, I can then
turn the computer completely off for a few minutes, and if I start it
up again it will boot successfully in Normal Mode. But if the computer
is off for a few hours, it is likely that I will get the above message
again, and that I will have to do my 3 step procedure.

When the computer was originally paired up with another monitor
without the Adaptec SCSI card installed, I
didn't seem to get this problem, so I'm kind of leaning toward the
possibility that the problem somehow relates to that, or the built-in
enhanced graphics engine, or maybe the settings in the CMOS. I have
attempted all the troubleshooting techniques offered by Windows, but
to no avail. Once the computer boots successfully, I have difficulty
isolating "the problem", because I will not usually have "the problem"
until the next day!

Here is some more information that might be helpful. Using this
configuration I don't get any conflicts in Device Manager. The only
cards are the U.S. Robotics 56K Win INT modem and the Adaptec
PCI SCSI Controller. Everything else is on the motherboard. The Award
BIOS v6.00PG is set for a Plug & Play OS, and I forced the YAMAHA
DS-XG Legacy Sound System to IRQ using Windows 98 to solve a conflict.
Is there something else I should do to optimize things?

0 YAMAHA DS-XG Legacy Sound System
1 (free)
2 Standard Floppy Disk Controller
3 ECP Printer Port (LPT1)
4 Direct memory access controller
5 (free)
6 (free)
7 (free)

0 System timer
1 Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
2 Programmable interrupt controller
3 YAMAHA DS-XG Legacy Sound System
4 Communications Port (COM1)
5 MPU-401 Compatible
6 Standard Floppy Disk Controller
7 ECP Printer Port (LPT1)
8 System CMOS/real time clock
9 Adaptec AVA-2902I PCI SCSI Controller
9 Intel(R) 82810-DC100 Graphics Controller
9 IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
9 IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
10 Intel(r) 82801AA USB Universal Host Controller
10 IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
11 U.S. Robotics 56K Win INT
11 IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
12 PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port
13 Numeric data processor
14 Primary Ultra ATA Controller
14 Intel(R) 82801AA Ultra ATA Controller
15 Secondary Ultra ATA Controller
15 Intel(R) 82801AA Ultra ATA Controller

Forced Hardware
Device: YAMAHA DS-XG Legacy Sound System
Forced resources: Logical Configuration 0
IRQ: 3
DMA: 0
I/O: x0220 - x022F
x0388 - x038F
x0330 - x0331

Windows protection error

Post by Annette Ma » Tue, 20 Jan 2004 00:53:45

Gary, may be you should post your problem at


Good luck!


Windows protection error

Post by Johnny B G » Tue, 20 Jan 2004 06:39:38

The symptoms suggest a temperature sensitive hardware fault on the
MoBo. Check for any domed or stained electrolytic capacitors.


Regards, John.

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