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    Ram

    Hey all

    Ive had a few problems today with my new build machine crashing.

    The only thing I can think of it being is the RAM as when I built the machine, I got a memory management blue screen.

    Up until today it has been running fine but today I had one blue screen..didnt get to read what it said and another where it just caused my system to hang.

    Other then memtest, is there a way of testing my RAM?

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    Re: Ram

    You could check general stability by running orthos or prime95. Can't think of any better way of testing memory itself other than memtest.

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    Re: Ram

    You could try one stick at a time, another thing that would be useful would be to disable the feature in your BIOS that reboots when the system crashes, so you could see the error screen and note down the messages.

    Have you checked your CPU temps (sorry if that sounds obvious)?

    Also check the event viewer, and your dump file in C:\Windows\minidump.... see if there are any error reports there.

    When is it crashing, during specific activities such as gaming?

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    Re: Ram

    GSte

    As this is a new system I have constantly been checking the temps via programs I have seen suggested on here.

    Ill try and find the setting to stop a reboot on errors, ill try one stick at a time as a last resort.

    Ill take a look at the dump file and see what I can find.

    Thanks Ste

    StaffsMike

    I think ill start with Orthos or Prime95 whichever i download first. I will do memtest eventually but im always abit skeptic when doing something like booting into Dos or whatever.

    Once ive ran Orthos and Prime95 (How long should I run them for?) I'll try the following.

    Edit the RAM timings and voltages in BIOS to what is suggested on the rams sticker (4-4-4 12 voltage 2.10)

    But ill do it one step at a time, ill start with changing the voltage then change the timings one by one (that wont cause any instabilities will it changing them one at a time?)

    Once ive done the above, if the system still isnt stable ill run memtest (How long does that need to be ran for also?)

    Thanks mike

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    Re: Ram

    Tbh I would change the ram timings and volts to the label specs first if you havn't done that.

    If it doesn't crash after an hour or so I would leave it for the time being and seek different ideas. (memtest for one as it's quite quick)

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    Re: Ram

    well when i first built the system i changed the timings but got a memory management issue within about 10 - 20 minutes of booting into windows but am not sure if i changed the corrects settings.

    Ill note down the listings that CPUZ shows and then make sure I change them ones only.

    Hopefully ill get to the bottom of this without having to buy more ram..

    Thanks again mike

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    Re: Ram

    No worries mate, this may be helpful:

    Dump Data collection tool and instructions - Windows BBS

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    Re: Ram

    Cheers ste will look at this when am at home..just need to find a spare disc to put memtest on

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    Re: Ram

    Quick run down of results.

    Pass 1 Errors 3
    Pass 2 Errors 1

    At that point and after nearly 2 hours i concluded my memory is buggered.

    So im going to contact SCAN and see if there is anything i can do.

    Edit: - I think my RAM is definitely fault now, everytime i switch from being in CoD4 to being at my desktop the system lags and stutters for a random amount of time.

    Edit2: - Prime95 test, check image.

    Last edited by Disturbedguy; 08-02-2008 at 09:44 PM.

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    Re: Ram

    Can anyone make any sense of this?

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    Re: Ram

    would you be mortally offended if I asked"Why not use mem test?"

    There is a nice version that you burn to CD and then change your BIOS to boot from cd first.

    OR......there's a version for floppy drive. Same rules.....boot from floppy first.

    Wassup with mem test?
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    Re: Ram

    I have used memtest

    Pass 1 Errors 3
    Pass 2 Errors 1

    The above is result after nearly 2 hours, i stopped and no zak i wont be offended cos i did use it, would of helped if i mentioned that in original post

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