In Microsoft Windows Server 2003, any user mode process, kernel mode component, or driver that runs in the Physical Address Extension (PAE) kernel may experience memory corruption. Therefore, the computer may unpredictably stop responding.
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.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
To apply this hotfix, Windows Server 2003 must be running in the PAE kernel.
You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Windows Server 2003
Date Time Version Size File name --------------------------------------------------------- 05-May-2005 02:54 5.2.3790.325 2,408,960 Ntkrnlmp.exe 05-May-2005 02:24 5.2.3790.325 2,065,920 Ntkrnlpa.exe 05-May-2005 02:24 5.2.3790.325 2,110,976 Ntkrpamp.exe 05-May-2005 02:47 5.2.3790.325 2,208,768 Ntoskrnl.exe
To work around this problem on a computer that is running a PAE kernel, add the /NOPAE switch to the Boot.ini file. To work around this problem on a computer that is running a PAE kernel with data execution prevention (DEP), add the following switch to the Boot.ini file:
When you add the /NOPAE switch to the Boot.ini file, the computer cannot use all available memory.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
This problem also occurs in Microsoft Windows 2000 and in Microsoft Windows XP when the operating system runs in the PAE kernel.For more information about how to resolve this problem in Windows 2000, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
838647 Access violations when you use the /PAE switch in Windows 2000
To resolve this problem in Microsoft Windows XP, upgrade the computer to Windows XP with Service Pack 2.For more information about how to obtain Windows XP Service Pack 2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack
For more information about Windows XP Service Pack 2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: