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Problems with Hp workstation and/or /3GB switch


Problems with Hp workstation and/or /3GB switch

We are stumped. We have multiple issues with a couple of our xw6600 workstations from HP.
The system slows to a complete crawl were it may take minutes for a simple browser window to min or maximize. System crashes are frequent.
New xw6600 workstation
Intel® Xeon® 5260 3.33 6MB/1333 DC 1st CPU
4GB (4x1GB) DDR2-667 ECC FBD
NVIDIA Quadro FX3700 512MB PCIe
160Gb SATA drive Divided into C and D partitions

OS image loaded via Ghost
XP 32 bit SP2
/3gb switch = enabled

Pro/E Wildfire 3
MS Office 2007
IE 6

Errors we are getting according to HP diagnostics = none
Errors we are getting according to Windows are numerous:
• system event view reports ntfs corruption on 😧 partition
• The system runs chkdsk on partition D during every reboot.
• The system logs error 55 and warning 51 after every reboot and during usage.
o 55 The file system structure on the disk is corrupt and unusable. Please run the chkdsk utility on the volume D:.
o 51 An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk0\D during a paging operation.

We have tried a brand new hard drive and the issues re-occurred.

If you have any experience or suggestions on how to resolve the issue, could you please post a reply?

Andrew Amsden
CAD\PDM Administrator
Midmark Corporation

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Assuming it runs ok without the /3Gb switch. If so have you tried tuning the max RAM with the /userva switch? I have used this in the past to tune stability issues. Here is an article on it from Microsoft:

Jeff Zemsky

Thanks for all the replies, keep ‘em coming!

It seems that our issue occurs with or without the /3gb, but we have several other workstations identically configured (not using /3gb), and have not reported any issues.
So we have not yet been able to tie it to /3gb, but we are suspicious. I do not yet see a correlation between the hard drive errors and /3gb yet

Also some of the replies so far indicate others have had issues with /3gb, especially when combined with the newer hardware with 64bit architecture. They recommend just going with 64 bit XP and Pro/E and report good success with that. I have other concerns about the rest of the business applications running on 64bit and the effort required to validate theses business applications.


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