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Invalid combination of parameters was...

STOP: 0x00000131


There was a problem with the values sent to initiate the save or restoration of the extended processor state. The extended processor state includes legacy floating point and SSE (Streaming SIMD Extensions) data, typically used along with other data to save the state of the system for hibernation or in virtualization situations.

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.

Invalid combination of parameters was detected while saving or restoring extended processor state.

Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0x00000131

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Reboot the System
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A reboot of the system should clear the problem. If the system was in a Hibernation state, the hibernation copy may be lost along with any unsaved work.
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Posted: 3-Sep-2009
Replace the Processor
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The processor (CPU) may be defective and needs to be replaced. Before taking this step, check if any of these more common issues are occurring that will cause the processor to fail:

  • Confirm both the CPU and system fans are working properly
  • The CPU is properly seated in it's socket and the clamps are in place
  • There is sufficient thermal compound between the CPU and the CPU heatsink
  • The CPU is not being overclocked (via BIOS motherboard settings

If you do replace the CPU with a different model (higher speed or more cores) confirm the power (watts) is the same or lower than the current CPU, or ensure you add additional cooling for the hotter part.

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Posted: 19-Jan-2009
Check Memory
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You may have a defective memory. This is even more likely if it only occurs when the system is cold or hot, but not all the time. Use a memory tester to confirm if it is defective or if you have spare memory, try replacement.

Windows 7 and Vista include a Memory Test program when booting from the Windows Installation DVD. Step-by-step instructions with screen shots are available at Using System Restore on 7/Vista/2008 as part of System Recovery.

Several software products that also provide memory and video diagnostics includes Fix-It Utilities Professional and SystemSuite Professional. Other diagnostic products include Eurosoft's PC Check and Iolo's System Mechanic.

Additional Memory Solutions:

  • Confirm all the memory is of the same type and speed. Many motherboards only work correctly when the memory is installed with matched sets and matched speeds.
  • If you added or changed your memory just before this problem occurred, try reverting to the prior memory configuration to confirm it's the source of the problem.
  • Check that the memory is fully seated in the sockets. Memory sockets often have side latches that need to be upright to indicate the memory is correctly locked in place.
  • Confirm the memory resides in the correct slots on the motherboard. You'll need to refer to the motherboard manual to confirm this. There is little consistency, even within a single vendor. Some systems require that memory is installed as matched pairs, but not always adjacent to each other!
  • It's also possible the memory problem is on the video card, as they often contain additional memory. The video card should be tested and/or try a different video card to see if the problem goes away.
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Posted: 5-Oct-2008

Also see our list of common Fatal Error Solutions.

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