Resolving Hardware Malfunction Error

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A hard drive might get damaged due to several reasons like wear and tear, logical board damage, read/write head crash, water damage etc. If you are encountering errors that system hardware has malfunctioned, the possible causes could be related to device driver issues, RAM module concerns and similar other hardware problems. However, in case of hard drive damage, you will need to replace the hard drive and restore from the most recent backup available. In case of valid data backup absence, Hard Drive Recovery service can help extracting the lost data.

While trying to start a Windows based system, it might hang displaying the below error message on screen:

Hardware Malfunction
Call your hardware vendor for support
The system has halted

You might also encounter errors like:

NMI: Fail-safe timer

Or

NMI: Eisa IOCHKERR board x

Cause

The prominent causes for the above errors to occur are:

1.Hardware (like RAM, hard drive, motherboard etc.) malfunction
2.Damaged or incompatible drivers

Solution

The error message doesnt suggest about the specific hardware in issue. So, you need to perform basic troubleshooting processes:

1.Try removing RAM modules in order, leaving only the minimum amount required.
2.The problem might be occurring due to defective adapters. You can try removing adapters that are optional to start the system. If you dont observe the above error message, the removed adapter was the issue.
3.Install the latest drivers available
4.Install the latest BIOS, EISA configuration and firmware configuration software version
5.Set your system BIOS settings to Fail-safe defaults
6.Disable antivirus software protection, if any, in BIOS and set Plug and Play OS to No
7.Diagnose and troubleshoot issues with motherboard, video adapter, processor chips and drive subsystem controller
8.Check the hard drive for errors. If it is faulty, replace the hard drive and restore data from backup.

If you dont maintain a valid backup, consult Hard Drive Recovery technicians for best technical guidance and data recovery. Data Recovery Service is the complete assistance that recovery experts provide to extract valuable information from damaged hard drives.