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Bob Regal
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 - 5:01 pm:   

the following message has come up twice now when I turned on the computer: Terminating thread due to a stack overflow problem. A VxD, possibly recently installed, has consumed too much stack space. Increase the setting of 'MinSPs' in SYSTEM INI or remove recently installed VxD's. There are currently 5 SPs allocated.
we have more than enough memory and have not installed anything - to our knowledge anyway.

I go to RV sites and do virtual tours of motor homes, could that have anything to do with anything?
Thanks for any help in this matter!!
V (Vera)
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 - 7:13 pm:   

some things to get started

are you using norton antivirus?
Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2001 - 11:30 am:   

ok, i had this awhile ago. here's what i did to solve it. go to start, run, and type sysedit. when it comes up, find the window for system.ini

find the heading of Enh386 and under it on the last line, create a new entry. since it says you currently have 5, type MinSPs=xx; where xx= the number of stack pages. they should be in increments of 2 or 4. you're using 5, as i mentioned. try an even number,it's easier to remember and deal with. say 8. then save it and reboot.

if the errors go away, then you have succeeded, if not, then use a larger amount. this error is the result of a program needing more stack pages. an msdos one, if i remember correctly. there is an article in the microsoft knowledge base about this. the windows default, is 4, but is created automatically, as windows is installed. i currently use 14, since i run a lot of stuff on this machine, but you may not need that much. so just use what you need, don't overdo it.

hope this helps. cheers
Joseph McDonald
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2001 - 9:45 pm:   

OK. Good advice and it works on my 98 SE machine.
But, what do I do with my NT system? I have wanted to use Partition Magic on it and increasing stack pages on NT doesn't do anything that I can tell. All that happens is that Dr. Watson kicks me off with a stack overflow message, every time.

Posted on Friday, August 24, 2001 - 11:22 pm:   

with NT, you can repartition all but the boot c: what exactly are you trying to do specifically. also note, that NT uses memory differently than win9x. the drive, what size is it? can you move the page file to another drive that has more space?
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 6:36 pm:   

Specifically, I am trying to free up sapce on my C drive, which is all but maxed out by moving programs like IE to another drive/partition, D, E, F etc. I inherited this machine at work. I'll try moving the page file to see what happens. thanks.

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