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Windows 7: windows 7 ultimate 64 bit bsod even in safe mode

26 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
windows 7 ultimate 64 bit bsod even in safe mode

I recently installed windows 7 ultimate 64-bit on a newly built computer. There were no problems for the first few days then suddenly the computer got bsod and dumped physical memory. I attempted to get the dump files by booting in safe mode, but that also results in bsod. I ran memtest 86 and it found several million errors. I don't want to have to buy new memory so can anyone suggest a possible solution?
Asus M4A77T
4Gb G.SKILL NQ Series DDR3 1333MHz
AMD phenom II x4 955
sapphire radeon hd 5750
Western digital caviar black 1tb 7200 rpm hard drive



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26 Sep 2010   #2

 

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it's not because there's anything wrong with the memory, but because AMDs only work well in dual channel mode with certain types of RAM. I learned that the hard way myself.. I have 8GB of Crucial ballistix that I can't use. Try the memory in my specs, or try just using a single DIMM till you can get memory that has been verified as AMD compatible.
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27 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Try using Part 3 of this tutorial: RAM - Test with Memtest86+

That sounds like a compatibility issue.
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27 Sep 2010   #4

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lancaster View Post
Try using Part 3 of this tutorial: RAM - Test with Memtest86+

That sounds like a compatibility issue.
on AMD systems, memtest is only accurate with a single DIMM installed.
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27 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the replies. I removed all but 1 stick of ram and ran memtest 86 again, but still resulted in several million errors over 7 passes. Windows is still unable to boot, neither in normal nor safe mode. I'm thinking that it may be a compatibility issue, but how do I make sure it's definitely the memory that's causing the problems?
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27 Sep 2010   #6

 

Assuming you purchased 4x 1GB sticks, if they're all showing millions of errors, it's got to be a compatibility issue. I'd find it really difficult to believe that all four DIMMs are bad.. unless you forgot to ground yourself before installing them. In my case I spent $280 on 4 x 2 GB of crucial ballistix only to get immediate BSODs, Memtest showed millions of errors whenever more than one dimm was installed, but all of them tested fine when installed in an intel board. Here's a recommendation for replacing with AM3 compatible memory... newegg.com
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27 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ

That is my current ram. It seems from the comments that this ram is compatible with am3. Now I'm not sure just what's wrong with my computer. I'll probably have to get a technician to look at it unless anyone has any idea.
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27 Sep 2010   #8

 

It definitely doesn't say it's compatible with am3 motherboards, either at newegg or at the gskill website. Hell, same thing happened to me.. live and learn I guess.
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27 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

*sigh* Damnit. I'll replace the memory and see how it goes. Thanks a lot for the help, I really appreciate it.
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30 Sep 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I took your advice and installed the ram you suggested. Windows has stopped crashing but I've become paranoid from the previous bsods, so I retrieved the dump files. Would it be possible for anyone to go through them and tell me exactly went wrong just so I can be sure? Thanks.
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