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12-Aug-2012, 06:04 AM #1
Interpreting memtest result
Hi all,

Hopefully quite a quick question: after getting a lot of BSODs lately I ran memtest+ overnight. The results are in the screenshot. They seem fairly straightforward but since I've not done this before can you tell me if I'm interpreting them correctly in taking it that both sticks of RAM have errors and need to be replaced?

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c1anv7lx04...812_104916.jpg

I'm just a bit surprised at the sheer number of errors, but only from certain tests, and that they could all have arisen recently (only getting BSODs in the last couple of weeks), and that it should be both sticks at once. So I wasn't sure if I'm understanding it right.

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12-Aug-2012, 08:09 AM #2
Loosen the timings and try again. Try like 9 9 9 18. You have some tight timings for DDR2.
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12-Aug-2012, 09:41 AM #3
Do you have that system overclocked at all? I notice your fsb is listed as 380.
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12-Aug-2012, 09:45 AM #4
Yes, it's OC'd. Been stable at that speed for at least two years now. But will re-run memtest tonight with everything back to stock (which will be the looser timings as well) and see what I get.
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12-Aug-2012, 09:48 AM #5
The very first thing you do when troubleshooting is to return ALL settings to stock. Just because an overclock has worked in the past does NOT mean it will work now; parts wear out and what was stable a while ago may not be stable now.
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18-Aug-2012, 04:04 PM #6
Found the problem, btw...

PSU went (with a bit of a bang) a couple of days ago. So, that'd be it! Rebuilt with a new one now.
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18-Aug-2012, 06:12 PM #7
Did it take out any other hardware?
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18-Aug-2012, 06:14 PM #8
Thankfully no, but I took it as a sign that it's time for an upgrade (was contemplating something in the autumn anyways) so I have replaced some bits, including the RAM.
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18-Aug-2012, 06:18 PM #9
You are lucky. Be sure to purchase a quality pw supply ie corsair, seasonic, FSP, pcpower&cooling.
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19-Aug-2012, 06:20 AM #10
Oh I do appreciate the need for a decent power supply. This was Antec, and very well re viewed when it was new, years ago. Replaced with Corsair.
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