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bad memory or not!?

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  1. Bascotie

    Bascotie Thread Starter

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    Hey guys,

    I'm working on a computer that blue screens sometimes at Page_fault_in_nonpaged_area.

    It has also ONCE thrown out an error code that referred to the memory. I ran memtest, and found a bunch of errors.

    Took out TWO sticks (with TWO still inside), and ran memtest. Ran way longer with no errors.

    Inserted a THIRD stick. no errors

    Inserted a FOURTH stick with no errors.

    Where did the errors go!?
     
  2. Snagglegaster

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    Memory diagnostics tend to be the least reliable software diagnostics you can run. They often fail to detect bad modules. On the other hand, if you got errors running memtest, than you definitely either have a bad module or bad memory controller. In your case, I think one of the modules you used in the first test is defective. Which is why you always want to test a single module at a time. Hopefully, you paid attention to the errors the first time around and noted the address of the failed tests so you can identify the bad module without more wasted time.
     
  3. Bascotie

    Bascotie Thread Starter

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    Shoot, I wish I did notice the address fields. The first time I ran it, within 10 minutes we had non-stop memory errors. I took out 2 sticks, nothing. Put in another, nothing. Put it the last stick thinking "this is the one", and nothing for over an hour so far. X_X
     
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    That's typical for modules that are going bad; they can exhibit erratic behavior and they often pass diagnostics, though they will get worse over time and eventually fail consistently. It often takes several hours of testing per module to find the defective part.
     
  5. Bascotie

    Bascotie Thread Starter

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    I ran several hours of mem test on all 4 modules. I then ran a blend test of prime95 for the whole night (came out to over 12 hours) with not one error. Could it be that removing the modules and inserting them in a different order removed whatever was causing the issue (a short or electrical issue that got drained?)
     
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    Sometimes re-seating the memory modules is all that it takes. Installing them in a different order may have also helped, if the modules are not the same then maybe the computer based the timings/speed off the stick in the first slot.
     
  7. Bascotie

    Bascotie Thread Starter

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    I sure hope so because I've tested all modules for over 12 hours collectively. I am now testing one stick at a time for 4-5 hours each to make sure it is stable enough to give back.to. the customer. The memory all came with the computer in a weird number like 5+ gigs

    I've had a similar problem.with a.close model computer and later found the mobo to be the issue
     
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