I'm experienced computers, but this is just pathetic.
I have the Quad-Core Phenom by AMD with the NARRA3 board that HP own.
The RAM sticks are 1 of the PNY 2GB DIMM FH151892 and two of the Integral IN2TGNXNFI
No major changes were taken during the issues and the RAM being installed.
During christmas, I upgraded my RAM up to 6GB, and it worked awesomely!
Two months later, it crashed. I believe the BSOD was MEMORY_MANAGEMENT.
I was therefore like " Okay, something on the RAM has blown" and then set about figuring out which RAM stick it was. I had 3 DDR2 2GB Sticks ( The board supports DDR2 2GB, btw)
I ran MEMTEST86, and it said there were 22772 errors in the RAM. So, suspicions confirmed, a RAM stick is dodgy.I first took out the PNY 2GB DIMM FH151892, reran the test, and it had 0 errors, So I was then thinking that the PNY stick had blown.
Not the case at all.
About a day later, it BSOD'd again, with MEMORY_MANAGEMENT.
I was thinking " Okaaaay, this is wierd "
Ran MEMTEST86 again, and it said 0 errors.
I was thinking that the board has gone dodgy, However, after thinking for a while, I realised the board can't have blown, as otherwise it would not be able to work for a day with no issues at all.
I then thought, okay, this is a software issue. I'll reinstall the OS. After a few hours later, I reinstalled, and it was working. After about 6 hours, it BSOD'd, with MEMORY_MANAGEMENT again.
I was completely confused and shocked. I asked my dad to see if he can think of what it was. He couldn't work it out either.
I've tried many different combinations, none of them worked for more than a day. I've even tried trying combinations without one of the RAM sticks.
My dad then took it to his job with him ( He's an IT Technician ) and put it in a test PC, and apparently the PNY RAM had to be taken out, as it would BSOD after 3 minutes. The PNY was then tried by itself, and it worked fine. All the integral RAM was worked fine, however.
I then took it back to my house, put ONLY the integral RAM in my desktop, and it booted fine, Did everything fine, virtual machines, gaming, everything that was very resource demanding. Then at about 11:30PM, it BSOD'd again with MEMORY_MANAGEMENT.
My desktop is now running on its original 3GB of RAM. Which for a gamer on a x64 operating system, isn't a lot.
It can't be incompatible RAM, as it was working fine for two months.
It can't be faulty board, as its working fine with the original 3GB RAM.
It can't be software issue, as it BSOD'd on Windows 7 install first time, and with a fresh reinstall after trying to get it to work.
What I do remember though, is the BIOS battery seemingly dying on me a few days before the issues. It said something like the BIOS had an issue and had to reset. I presumed it was the battery, as the time was going out and stuff before the error. Replaced it, and it booted fine. Could that be whats caused it? I've also reset the BIOS multiple times, and no luck.
But, if it was BIOS issue, why is it working fine on 3GB RAM?
Reply back, please.
I'm experianced with computers, but I have no idea whatsoever what this could be down to.