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Windows 7: Multiple BSOD's. Latest Bugcheck code: 0xF4

11 Mar 2014   #41
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

DRAM Memory Guide - Webopedia.com
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Buffered memory contains a buffer to assist the chipset deal with the large electrical load required when the system has a lot of memory. Much like registered modules, buffered modules are typically used in servers and other mission-critical systems where it is extremely important that the data is properly handled.

Unbuffered memory deals directly with the chipset controller with nothing in between as they communicate.
Try running only one pair and see if the crashes occur. I would run with the UNbuffered pair.

Thanks for code boxing the MGAdiag (however you did it is fine)

Steve: Don't worry about getting over to the other thread, whenever you get the chance...

You have enough members advising you and I think the bases are covered. hopefully it's the memory and the issue will be resolved with that change. Good luck and.....I'm out.

Bill
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11 Mar 2014   #42
danohall

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

After I pulled all 4 out I randomly put 2 back in and of course, Bill, I put the buffered pair in. Been running about a day with no crashes which is an improvement so far. The computer almost always crashed at night. Will run with these for a couple more days or until I get another crash and then swap out. I'll check out for now and report back in a few days if all is good. If so, then I think an email to Patriot may be in order asking about this memory difference issue.

Thanks for all your help so far.
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11 Mar 2014   #43
Anak

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Good news,

Running buffered or unbuffered is usually a personal choice from experience, I've always ran buffered, Bill likes unbuffered.

Run your testing with each pair as you suggest and see if either makes a difference in performance and stability, then stay with the better pair and contact Patriot.

If they can't match the pair you want to stay with, see if they will exchange all four sticks that do match because the ones you get might be from a different production run.

Maybe they'll swap all four for no charge for your trouble, wouldn't hurt to ask.
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12 Mar 2014   #44
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Great news and thanks for the feedback.

As Steve [Anak] mentioned buffered/unbuffered - it's a choice. His try one pair and then the other pair is also good advice.

I'm also wondering if the slot makes a difference - which memory gets accessed first. If you want to experiment, you could try the buffered in paired slots 1 & 2, and the unbuffered in paired slots 3 & 4

----> check your Mobo, sometimes the paired slots are 1 & 3, 2 & 4.
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12 Mar 2014   #45
Anak

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That's what they look like; 1&3, 2&4.

This is from the manual: GA-Z87X-D3H - User's Manual - Rev. 1001 - 12ME-Z87XD3H-1001R.pdf
Chapter1 Section 1-4-1 Page 16: Dual Channel Memory Configuration

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12 Oct 2014   #46
danohall

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Re: Multiple BSOD's

Hello All. Just to update (Yea, I know it's been awhile). I was still getting BSODS's so I tested one memory stick at a time. One of the sticks came up defective after the 8th pass of memtest. I returned the pair and requested the replacement sticks be the same as the 2 I kept (buffered or unbuffered...can't remember which).

Got the new sticks, installed them and have been rock solid for several months now.

I appreciate all your help in getting to the bottom of this. It was driving me nuts.

Thanks,

Dan
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12 Oct 2014   #47
Anak

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

That's great; Thank you for posting back with your solution,
Would you mark your post solved? It would help others if they are in a similar situation. Thanks!
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