Fatal Exception Error Using DHCP

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When you use Winipcfg.exe to release or renew IP addresses obtained using DHCP, or when you start Windows 95 with the network adapter configured to obtain IP addresses using DHCP, you may receive an error message similar to the following message on a blue screen:
Fatal exception 0E at 0028:C433442B in VXD octk16.sys (01) + 0000342B. This was called from 0028:C003C47C in VXD NDIS (01) + 00000D7C. It may be possible to continue normally.


When you are using the Windows 95 DHCP client, a buffer in memory used to send a DHCP message may be freed before the message has been completely sent. The error occurs when the network adapter driver attempts to access this buffer to send the information on the wire.


This problem no longer occurs in Windows 98. To resolve this problem, install the current version of Windows. For information about the current version of Windows, visit http://www.microsoft.com/windows.

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The fatal exception error typically occurs in the MAC driver, although it may also occur in NDIS itself. This symptom may occur more frequently with Token Ring adapters using locally administered addresses (LAAs), although it has been reported to occur with Ethernet adapters and without using LAAs.


Article ID: 158713 - Last Review: November 2, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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