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Stack overflow--system halted

Explanation: DOS halted the system because it ran out of space to hold data necessary to process hardware interrupts.

Diagnosis: The default amount of stack space being reserved is too low.


  • Increase the amount of DOS stack space by adding the following line to your CONFIG.SYS file: "STACKS=X,YYY" where X is the new number of stacks, and YYY is the size of each one in bytes. Suggested is "STACKS=12,256". Try larger values if the error recurs.
  • You may have a particular application that is causing this problem to occur. It may be a bug within that program. Contact the developer's technical support department for more assistance.

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