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Error message: "Stop error code 0x000000DE (POOL_CORRUPTION_IN_FILE_AREA)"

This article was previously published under Q304208
SYMPTOMS
Your computer may stop responding (hang), and you may receive the followingerror message:
STOP: 000000de POOL_CORRUPTION_IN_FILE_AREA
CAUSE
This issue can occur when a driver corrupts pool memory that is used for holding pages that are destined for the disk. This issue is discovered when the memory manager dereferences the file.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this issue, use the special pool feature to isolate pool damage. For additional information about how to use the special pool feature to isolate pool damage, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
188831 How to Use the Special Pool Feature to Isolate Pool Damage
Pool overrun detection helps to determine which driver corrupted the pool memory. Once another dump is generated, review the dump file to determine which driver is responsible for the pool damage. Note that you should set up pool detection to monitor all pools:

Pool to monitorCharacter representationPool tag mask
All pools"*"0x2A
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Article ID: 304208 - Last Review: 02/27/2012 21:55:00 - Revision: 3.0

  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • kbenv kberrmsg kbprb KB304208
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