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Press F1 to disable NMI, F2 to reboot

Explanation: Some low-level hardware problems cause the generation of a non-maskable interrupt, or NMI. The most common example is a parity error. This interrupt causes all processing to immediately cease so the error condition can be handled. Some systems, when this situation is detected, will give you the option of disabling the NMI signal and continuing on, or rebooting the machine (while others will just halt the system and force you to do a hardware reset). This error message should always be encountered with another error message before it, which states what the cause of the NMI was.

Diagnosis: This message itself is informational and is not an error message (the message it comes with is the error message).

Recommendation: Address the problem by diagnosing the error message that caused the NMI.

Warning: Disabling NMI will cause the system to keep booting, ignoring the error condition. This can lead to unpredictable results and is not recommended.


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