The NMI jumper allows administrators to perform a memory dump before performing a hard reset. Crash dump analysis is an essential part of eliminating reliability problems, such as hangs or crashes in OSs, device drivers, and applications. Many crashes can freeze a system, requiring you to do a hard reset. Resetting the system erases any information that would support root cause analysis.
Systems running Microsoft┬« Windows┬« experience a blue-screen trap when the OS crashes. When this happens, Microsoft┬« recommends that system administrators perform an NMI event by temporarily shorting the NMI header with a jumper. The NMI event enables a hung system to become responsive again.