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Windows 7: I've had many different BSODs randomly, and I'm at wit's end.

12 Aug 2012   #51
Drakon

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Wow, thanks!

I don't remember how many passes I did when I did Memtest, but I seriously don't think it was 8 passes. I'll set that up sometime tomorrow, as I'm literally minutes from going to bed.

One thing to note, though, and I'm sure you're already aware, but I gotta say just in case. If we can get this up and running with no BSODs for a solid amount of time, I will definitely want to go back to my 6700 series video card, so I may need to do the video card part again. So, just to clarify - if I do so, then I need to make sure I just get drivers and no software, yes?


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12 Aug 2012   #52
centaur78

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

yes only the drivers and the not the complete software....

here is how to do it ... the exe file that you download from the site..; extract the contents using 7zip into a folder and when you install the drivers use the update method and point it to this folder.

And yes.... we will get the 6700 once this is up and running
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12 Aug 2012   #53
Drakon

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

At this point, I am assuming I know nothing of how to use a PC, so I'm even going to ask the dumb questions.

Since I need so many passes, and I remember from back in April when I tested that it took forever - is it cool if I were to just let Memtest run overnight, or while I'm away or something, or should I be standing over it like a hawk?
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12 Aug 2012   #54
centaur78

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

nope

you dont need to be the hawk... leave it overnight.... should probably take 5 to 6 hours or 8hours... max...if the sticks are bad.... you will get an error before that as well.

PS.... test the rams 1 stick at a time...
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12 Aug 2012   #55
Drakon

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Yeah, that makes sense, since it could simply be one stick.

If I see any red, then I'll just RMA the sticks, and not the whole machine, saving me a lot in shipping......which I'll then send some to you for a beverage of your choice.
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12 Aug 2012   #56
centaur78

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

hehehe Well i could use a beer.... haven't slept properly in last 2 days...feeling really tired.....Well i hope to catch you soon with bad sticks

Also could be a bad ram slots... if the sticks pass without errors... try the slots...for extra surety !!!
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12 Aug 2012   #57
Drakon

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 



Just finished the first test a short while ago, with no errors. When I head to bed tonight, I'm going to switch the RAM sticks around test again.

Now, testing the RAM Slots....how would you recommend it? Left to me, (assuming both sticks of RAM are error free), I would just put a stick in each one and see which (if none) boot up. In respect to the attached image, it would be a pattern like this:

1, 1&2, 1&3, 1&4, 2, 2&3, 2&4, 3, 3&4, 4

So that I could keep track as to what's what. As for how everything was laid out when I bought the machine, the RAM was in Slot 1 and 3 (the two black slots). I am currently testing in Slot 1.

Is there any rhyme or reason as to where I should put the RAM once both are tested?
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13 Aug 2012   #58
centaur78

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Drakon

I hope you tested the sticks one stick at a time..... if so... the slot where you inserted it is also checked.... so you can drop that from the test.....

To top it you only have 2 X 4GB rams sticks..... so just try one more slot ... the point here is to rule out the rams and the slots where they were from the BSOD process....

to boot your system ... you just need one stick...
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13 Aug 2012   #59
Drakon

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Yep, one at a time. Thanks, Centaur.
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13 Aug 2012   #60
Drakon

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

More good news!

It's the second RAM stick! MUCH cheaper to RMA than the whole thing. And before I tested the second stick, I checked the other port, with the first stick as the control, and it's fine.

Though now I feel like a weiner since I was so adamant that inspected them before. I just didn't do it right. I have a feeling when I did it before, I probably tested the same stick twice. Either way, I'm sure I can survive on 4gb ram while I get the other one replaced.

And this time, I've marked the good one!
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