A machine check error may occur without any noticeable symptoms. When a machine check exception occurs on a multiprocessor computer, the computer may restart unexpectedly.
A machine check exception occurs when an internal fault is detected in your CPU. Some of these faults are recoverable, and others are fatal. To signal a hardware error, the processor generates a machine check exception (Interrupt 18) that indicates the detection of a machine check error. The processor populates a specific set of registers that Windows can use to report that the error occurred and to display parameters that you can use to decode the exception.
Sometimes a machine check error occurs, but the processor does not populate these descriptive registers. In this case, Windows may continue operation without reporting the error to the user or without stopping the computer.
Note The system BIOS or a third-party system utility may be able to detect this error when it occurs.
Service pack information
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows Server 2003. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889100 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
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Hotfix replacement information
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