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Windows 7: Nightmare build


11 Apr 2011   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 
Nightmare build

I built my first pc about 1 year ago. Since the build I have been troubled by constant freezes. I have tried: disabling services one by one, updating drivers, removing excess hardware, removing all other components one by one untill it was just mobo cpu psu and hdd. I thought it was the mobo so I sent it to MSI. They said it had no problems. Then I thought it was the PSU so I bought a high quality one. Thought it was the OS reloaded from fresh. Thought the RAM, tested it for two days and no errors. I have nothing else to test! Not the temps everest says they are all fine. CPU runs under load at 32c! I need help to save my sanity and face! My wife is letting me know what a mistake it was to do this build! LOL. Please someone help me!! Even ideas are welcome. I have run out of them! Is it possible that the RAM is bad even though mem test says it has no issues? Possibly the CPU??


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11 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello,

It seems you've eliminated most possibilities; please run the three Prime95 tests though: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...t-prime95.html

What program did you use to test the RAM? If you used the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool, please run: RAM - Test with Memtest86+
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11 Apr 2011   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

I used memtest for the ram. Prime95 is currently how I am testing. The most resent test I started after last freeze was torture test with least ram. Previous ones were the one with most ram. How can you tell if RAM is overheating? I cannot find anything to measure it under working conditions.. My mobo runs 29c the cpu 33c hdd 34c. I wouldnt think it was heat, but maybe RAM heat?? I'm kinda guessing at this point!!
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11 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

This sounds like a nasty one but let's see what we can do.

Quick things to try. Check all your connections to every device remove them and reinstall making sure they look fine at both ends and that they are going in securely, especially your 4 pin power to the motherboard and your main power connection. Also what slots are your memory modules sitting in blue or black? Have you tried to reset your cmos? Last question for now, are you overclocking?
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11 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

RAM sticks don't typically have temperature sensors on them; you'd have to use a real temperature probe or something. However, if the motherboard and system in general isn't overheating, there should be no reason the RAM would be, as the same air that passively cools the RAM cools the board. Also, RAM chips don't generate too much heat.

When done running Prime95, run SeaTools: SeaTools for Windows | Seagate
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11 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

What are the exact make and model of your memory modules? Your manual says your board only supports up to 1333 DDR3 and in your specs you have 1600's. Check your bios and see what speed are you running your ram at.
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11 Apr 2011   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

All connections secure. RAM is in black slots. DIMMS 1 and 2. No overclocking. bios in default. MSI loaded newest bios when I sent the mobo in to have it checked. Stumped I tell ya, stumped!! lol RAM is running at 1333MHz
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11 Apr 2011   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

RAM is crucial ct25664ba1339.m8sfa 2gb-pin dimm 256mx64 ddr3 2x2GB
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11 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Take a look at this. This fellow had the same freezing problem and it was your memory type that was the problem.

Solved: System Hangs on New Build - Tech Support Guy Forums
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11 Apr 2011   #10

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

At this point I am starting to think it is something with the RAM too. The Prime 95 test I am running now is using little RAM and has been going for the longest time yet by far! 2.5 hrs. In the tests with alot of RAM it will not go more than 45min!! I wonder what it is about that kind of RAM?? I will keep running this test and see if it will run for long being that it is using little to no RAM. What is a good reliable RAM that has a great track record and takes a little OC abuse?
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