How To: Fix Windows Stop Error Code 0×0000002E or DATA_BUS_ERROR
You may receive the following Stop error message with a Blue Screen of Death during Windows XP or Vista startup:
STOP: 0×0000002E (0xParameter1, 0xParameter2, 0xParameter3, 0xParameter4) DATA_BUS_ERROR.
This Windows stop error 0×0000002E or DATA_BUS_ERROR generally indicates a RAM(commonly known as physical memory) failure in system memory, the L2 RAM cache, or Video RAM. It can also indicate a virus in the MBR (Master Boot Record, a small program, usually located at the beginning of a hard drive, that launches whenever the computer first boots) or a device driver attempting to access memory in a memory range that doesn’t exist.
Causes and Resolution methods:
- The cause of Windows stop error 0×0000002E or DATA_BUS_ERROR, is typically a failed or defective RAM, incompatible or mismatched memory hardware, or when a device driver attempts to access an address in the 0×8xxxxxxx range that does not exist.If the problem persists, verify that the RAM is the correct type for this installation and is correctly rated for speed, voltage, and other parameters required by your specific computer. If everything is correct, contact the manufacturer of your computer’s motherboard for BIOS updates.
- This Windows stop error message can also indicate that the hard disk is damaged which was caused by a virus or other problem.Run a current virus scanner that can check and repair the Master Boot Block (the first location on a hard drive; usually contains the MBR) on your hard drive.
- This error is usually caused by a defective, malfunctioning, or failed memory hardware This hardware could be memory modules, Level 2 (L2) SRAM cache, or video adapter RAM. If you added new hardware recently, try removing and replacing it to determine if it is causing or contributing to the problem.If your computer manufacturer provided a hardware test utility, use it to diagnose which RAM module is bad. If you don’t have a diagnostic application, remove all but one RAM module and reboot your computer.
- A bad hard disk drive can also cause this stop error.Use the CHKDSK utility(Check disk utility) to validate your hard disk drive. If your hard disk drive was formatted using NTFS file system, use CHKDSK with the /f (error-fixing) and /r (information recovery) switches. To do this, click Start and Run; type chkdsk /f /r in the Open field and click OK.
- This error might also be due to cracks, scratched traces, or defective components on the motherboard.