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STOP: 0x00000026


A fatal error occurred when accessing a CD/DVD drive or data on a CD/DVD.

This is a fatal Windows error, typically called a Stop message, Bug Check, or more commonly the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). The system is in a forced reboot state. Any unsaved work is likely lost.

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A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.


If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any Windows updates you might need.

If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0x00000026

Beginning dump of physical memory
Physical memory dump complete.

Contact your system administrator or technical support group for further

Text may appear differently depending on where the error occurs.
Additional technical information (hex values) specific to a machine are not shown.
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  2000, XP, Vista, 2008, 7, 8

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Fix Data Corruption
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Data and/or file structures on the drive may be corrupt. Run the check disk program or other disk validation and repair utility on the drive. To do this:

  1. Open Explorer or My Computer (Press Windows+E).
  2. In the right pane, right-click on the drive you want to validate and select Properties.
  3. Select the Tools tab.
  4. Under Error-checking, click on "Check Now".

  5. In the next dialog, make sure the option "Automatically fix file system errors" is checked. If you want a more complete validation and repair check the option "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" (although this takes considerably longer to complete).

  6. Click on Start.

Several software products that offer an extensive range of disk diagnostics includes Fix-It Utilities Professional and SystemSuite Professional. Other diagnostic products include Eurosoft's PC Check and Iolo's System Mechanic.

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Posted: 5-Oct-2008
Add More Memory
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The operating system or application may have run out of usable memory.

Adding additional memory may solve this problem. This is especially true if your system is configured for a minimal amount of memory for Windows.

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Fix CD/DVD Issues
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The CD/DVD drive or its' controller may be failing and creating errors or problems that the driver cannot handle. Check that the cabling is plugged in securely.
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Posted: 2-Sep-2009

Also see our list of common Fatal Error Solutions.

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After the Stop code will be 4 hex values: {Parameter 1, Parameter 2, Parameter 3, Parameter 4}.

Parameter 1 specifies the source file and line number information.

Parameter 2 specifies the address of the exception record if CdExceptionFilter is on the stack .

Parameter 3 specifies the address of the context record if CdExceptionFilter is on the stack.

Parameter 4 is not defined.

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    While BSoD fatal stop errors are identified by Microsoft Windows, they are often caused by non-Microsoft applications, drivers and hardware issues.  
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