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24 Sep 2010   #71

Windows 7 64-bit Home

from that thread:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by josh99ta View Post
I'm nearing the end of my memtesting. I pulled two sticks and ran memtest, 0 errors.

Transferred the two known good sticks to the other two slots to verify no bad slots, 0 errors.

So now I know all slots are good and at least one of the two sticks I first pulled are bad.

I plugged in one of the sticks, ran memtest, 0 errors.

So now I think I have it isolated to the one stick that is left and that it must be bad. I ran memtest and got 28,416 errors, so it has to be bad, right?

So I plug it in the last slot to run memtest again just to verify that it is indeed bad. It's through 6 passes right now and 0 errors.

How can that be explained? Why would I get over 28,000 errors one time, then get 0 errors with the exact same memory another time?
what if something like that happens? i labeled all my sticks of ram with a piece of tape so i wont mix them up. the stick currently in the slot made it through 1 pass no errors, let it go over night to 7+? then if it passes with no errors, move it around to all 4 slots on the mobo to ensure the slots are good. then test the other two one at a time in any slot?

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24 Sep 2010   #72


You may need only a few passes if its showing errors already, as it doesn't even need stress testing. It's up to you to decide how thorough you want to be.

The comment to try a known good stick in all slots for several passes will eliminate slots.

Then try install with known good sticks.

What brand RAM do you use? Kingston backs their RAM for life, and will help with testing.
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24 Sep 2010   #73

Windows 7 64-bit Home

that ubuntuforums thread was a good read, kudos. after reading that it explains why alot of the errors ive been having sorta make sense...

its almost through the 2nd pass on this stick with no errors.. i want to do this the correct way, you seem like a trustworthy and knowledgeable guy.. if this was your rig, what would you do?

im going out of town this weekend (jets vs dolphins game!) so after tonite, and its already getting late, ill have to resume debugging next week on tuesday..

ill have to start an RMA with newegg to return my sticks.. i want to test them all before i do this so that if i have two bad ones i can put them in the package and keep the two good ones

the ram is A-Data
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by a-data website
4.Duration of Warranty
(1)DRAM Module:
ADATA brand:
All ADATA module series bought after 2005/7/1 are covered by a lifetime warranty.
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24 Sep 2010   #74


You'll likely have to deal with their tech support rather than NewEgg unless the purchase was recent. This is good because they may have a testing regimen to complement yours.

I would test the RAM thoroughly enough to know which are bad sticks, and eliminate the slots as suspects.

Then I'd try install with remaining stick(s) until it works.

You in SoFla? I'm spending part of the winter starting Nov in FtL.
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24 Sep 2010   #75

Windows 7 64-bit Home

the purchase was recent enough to still RMA, ive had this stuff about 2 weeks.

the stick in there now is through 4 passes, i figure ill let it go overnight (which is only 4~5 more hours) to ensure that this stick is indeed a winner, then when i get back from fort lauderdale this weekend, test it in the other slots on the mobo. once i know the mobo is good, ill try the other sticks, narrow down the good ones and go with the install

currently im in orlando which some would consider sofla, however i do not... i grew up in fort lauderdale, which is south florida to me, and my parents still live there

what part of ftl do you stay at in the winter? i love it down there
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Sep 2010   #76


Sounds like a good testing plan.

I had a feeling about the RAM but figured sorting the mobo slots was more important while you had the help handy. You may still want to do that with more certainty in the Hardware forum, or someone may add to this thread tho it's gotten almost prohibitively long for doing that easily.

I know when I read back over it I got queasy over missed troubleshooting steps, but I do that anyway. Memtest was foremost, started blinking orange.

Victoria Park near the beach. I take care of a couple dozen computers down there, including another houseful at the place I'm stayin.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Sep 2010   #77

Windows 7 64-bit Home

alright, sounds good. enjoy your time down in fort lauderdale.

ill make a post in the hardware forum about my mobo, i was on the asus forums.. but there is very little traffic there

ill be back next tuesday - hopefully with good news (about the dolphins, and my computer)

for now, i must sleep...... work at 8

thanks again
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Sep 2010   #78


Hey have a good trip.

Nice to work with you.

You're gonna have a great Win7 rig. We'll make sure.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Sep 2010   #79

Windows 7 64-bit Home

when i woke up this morning the memtest had done 17 passes with no errors.. im fairly certian i have at least one good stick and one good mobo slot
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Sep 2010   #80
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello again, glad to see you're getting it sorted.
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