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Is my RAM Defected?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Shudder, Apr 3, 2008.

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  1. Shudder

    Shudder Thread Starter

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    Hi there,

    I'm new to these forums.. reason being theres a problem I've been strugging with for some time.

    I recently built a new pc, about half a year ago. Right from the start it started to give me random errors such stalling and random blue screens. I didn't think much of it at first, then I started to notice that they would happen when I was gaming but occasionally when idle as well. At that time i had Windows XP still and thought it was something to do with the operating. SO recently I switched to Vista (32 bit version), hoping the problem would leave but the errors were still there.

    Some of the blue screens I would receive were :

    IRQ DRIVER NOT EQUAL OR LESS -> most common one
    PAGE FAULT IN NON PAGED AREA
    MEMORY MANAGEMENT
    PFN LIST CORRUPT

    Anyway, I looked online and talked to some people and they said most likely I had faulty RAM. So I got a new set on tuesday. However it hasn't gotten any better. Though now there are no blue screens, the computer would just freeze and upon restarting, it would hang on the bootup menu unless I completely shut down the pc and restart it.

    Is this the fault of my RAM, motherboard, or is it even hardware related??

    thanks

    System Specs:

    DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Processor

    Gigabyte GA-N650SLI-DS4 Motherboard

    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB) Video Card

    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad Power Supply

    Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 4GB 2x2gb DDR2-800

    Windows Vista 32 bit Home Premium
     
  2. steven1350

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    to test your ram, run a program called memtest86 (http://www.memtest86.com).

    if your ram has a problem, this will find it

    **edit: its free, the prices there are if you want the CD
     
  3. Shudder

    Shudder Thread Starter

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    hi,

    i forgot to mention that my old set of RAM, i tested it and it found problems. I tested this new set out and it just froze the pc.. beats me :confused:
     
  4. steven1350

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    hard to say what it is then....

    could be the ram, could be something else...i'm stumped
     
  5. dman4862

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    It could be the PSU. Faulty power supplies are known to maifest themselves with locking and freezing up the PC and blue screens as well as intermittent parity check and other memory type errors. . try using a multimeter or power supply checker to see if each of the wires are running at there correct voltage. I t might not be the PSU but i think it would be a good place to start checking for intermittent errors like that.
     
  6. ongfuguan

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    I think maybe a faulty of RAM could cause this, because I also face this problem...
     
  7. crjdriver

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    I see one big issue; vdimm ie ram voltage. That ram needs 2.2V and your board defaults to 1.8V. Have you set the correct vdimm in the bios?

    Next unless you plan on running sli, I would really go with a board that runs an intel chipset NOT an nvidia chipset. IMO nothing beats the stability of an intel cpu running on a quality board that uses the intel chipset.
     
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