Error Messages in Mmsystem.dll or Rundll32

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SYMPTOMS

You may receive random general protection (GP) fault error messages in Mmsystem.dll. You may also receive one of the following error messages:
Rundll32 - This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down.

Rundll - This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down.
Clicking the Details button reveals a message similar to one of the following:
RUNDLL32 caused a General Protection Fault in module MMSYSTEM.DLL

RUNDLL caused a General Protection Fault in module MMSYSTEM.DLL at 000a:00000032
This error message is more likely to occur after you use the Add New Hardware tool in Control Panel.

CAUSE

This problem can occur if the "drivers=mmsystem.dll" line is missing from the [boot] section of the System.ini file.

RESOLUTION

To correct this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Use any text editor (such as Notepad) to edit the System.ini file.
  2. Add the following line to the [boot] section of the file:
    
          drivers=mmsystem.dll
        
    					
  3. Save and then close the System.ini file.
  4. Restart your computer.

MORE INFORMATION

This problem can occur when the System.ini file has been replaced with the System.cb file.

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Article ID: 138835 - Last Review: May 10, 2007 - Revision: 1.6
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
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