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Error Message: There Are No Spare Stack Pages
Article ID: 149083 - View products that this article applies to.
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When you use a computer that is running Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Millennium Edition (Me), you may receive one of the following error message:
There are no spare stack pages. It may be necessary to increase the setting of 'MinSPs' in System.ini to prevent possible stack faults. There are currently nnn SPs allocated.
Terminating thread due to stack overflow problem. A vxd consumed too much stack space. Increase setting of MinSPs in System.ini or remove recently installed vxd's. There are currently nnn SPs allocated. Hit any key to proceed.
This behavior can occur when Windows encounters an internal overflow of the stacks that are used by 32-bit Windows-based device drivers. Please note that this is not related to the "Stacks=" line in the Config.sys file, which is used for 16-bit MS-DOS-based device drivers.
Stack overflow conditions are indicative of errors in the device driver. Device drivers are allocated 4 kilobytes (KB), or one page, of space to be used as a stack. If the device driver uses more than 4 KB of memory, a stack overflow condition occurs.
Windows sets aside a number of extra memory pages, or spare stack pages, to be used temporarily so that your computer does not stop responding (hang) due to a stack overflow condition. When the stack overflow condition has passed, Windows reclaims the temporary page. The default number of spare stack pages is two.
If Windows detects that it has run out of spare stack pages, you receive the error message that is mentioned in the "Symptoms" section of this article. Windows continues to operate correctly unless a device driver encounters a stack overflow condition when there are no free spare stack pages.
To resolve this behavior, add the following line to the [386Enh] section of the System.ini file, and then restart your computer:
MinSPs=4If the behavior continues to occur, increase the number of spare stack pages in increments of 4 (for example, 8, 12, 16).
NOTE: Each spare stack page requires 4 KB of memory.
To edit the System.ini file for Windows 95, 98 and 98se:
Note: The following information comes from sources outside of Microsoft. Microsoft provides it to you as a courtesy and has not verified its accuracy or validity.
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