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Windows 7: Windows 7 BSOD issues

23 Nov 2010   #21
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Follow Hopalong's advice, and you will have done it the proper way. As he said, raising voltage can have serious ramifications.

Before messing with ANY of the voltages, please test each stick, one at a time, to rule out the possibility of bad RAM. Be sure to test all sticks, even if you find a bad one.


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23 Nov 2010   #22
Len19

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Yes, i am in the middle of running memtest on each individual stick.
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23 Nov 2010   #23
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Thanks. That eliminates that as a problem. Follow Mike's advice about setting the voltage. But first I would make sure the RAM is good and the slots are good; then I would work with the voltages.
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23 Nov 2010   #24
Len19

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Anyways i think it definitely is one of the sticks that has gone bad, memtest86 on one stick, 30 passes 0 errors.
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23 Nov 2010   #25
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Very good. Now test the other stick. Then test each slot with a known good stick.
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23 Nov 2010   #26
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Hi Len19, Welcome to Seven Forums.

Be sure to test all the RAM cards individually as CarlTR6 has mentioned.

RAM errors can be from bad RAM or incorrect settings.
Sometimes changing the timings and/or voltages will get the RAM running error free.
This information can be confirmed on any RAM forum, Corsair has a good one.
Corsair forum:DDR3 Configuration and Tuning

It's generally not a good idea or suggested to increase the RAM voltage too fast, small increments are the safest way to proceed, usually 0.05v increases are recommended.
If your RAM is at 1.5v now, try raising it to 1.55v and then run the memtest+86.
Sometimes when you are running multiple RAM cards you will need a NB, North Bridge, voltage bump.
Check in your BIOS and tell us what the NB voltage is.
The NB voltages must be done very carefully, it will require a small increase and must be kept within 0.5v of the RAM voltage or you can permanently damage the CPU.
Please get confirmation from someone here before increasing the NB voltage.

The best way to get some important information on your RAM is to download CPUZ.

When you run memtest86+ you are looking for bad RAM cards, bad motherboard slots, so you need to follow the testing procedure in the tutorial.
Sometimes errors from these tests can be corrected by adjusting the settings.
RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Can you download CPUZ and post a snip of the CPU, Mainboard, Memory, and SPD tabs.

For posting the information , enter 'Snipping tool' in the Start button > Search box, hit enter. Select the area you want to post and save to a convenient place.
How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums


Have you been checking your temperatures?

Use Speed Fan or Real Temp , run one of these and check the CPU temps when at idle, under load and/or testing.
Let us know the minimum and maximum temps you get.
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23 Nov 2010   #27
Len19

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

On a note oddly enough i've only crashed once while gaming, nearly every crash is while idle, using firefox, or any random windows program. For instance i just got a bsod using the snipping tool, NTFS error.

Also including idle temps with speedfan
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24 Nov 2010   #28
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Good info.

Temps look good, check them next time you get the system under load, post the load temps.

The RAM timings SPD info is a little strange.
Is this RAM listed as compatible for your motherboard?

The JEDEC, JEDEC is the standard that RAM companies use to list recommended and tested frquencies and timings, are a bit low.
I don't usually see a frequency of 444 MHz listed for 1000 MHz RAM.

Have you done any overclocking? CPU or RAM?

I'll look up info on your mobo and RAM, then post back.

Are all the RAM settings in BIOS on Auto?
Have you changed any of them, if yes tell us which settings.
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24 Nov 2010   #29
Len19

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I did make a attempt to overclock the cpu by increasing the core multiplier until the bsod's came. The Ram settings are all on auto at the moment, after the first few bsod's i reset my bios settings to default so everything has been at stock clocks. The ram is clocked at 1066mhz at the moment.
I'm sure the mobo/ram should be compatible, i have looked it up on the Corsair webpage.

I'm not sure if it's related but i have 2 hard drives in raid 0, i don't think it would cause this kind of problem but might as well get it out.


memtest on my 2nd stick of ram, 10 passes 0 errors.

Going to try the 3rd and last stick, all testing in the same dimm slots when testing all 3 with memtest86
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24 Nov 2010   #30
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

If the last stick passes, it means the RAM settings need adjusted.

Let's get it running stable at stock settings, then you will have a base line to go back to when OC'ing.

Are the BSODs always happening with a cold boot?
We can try adjusting some settings but, cold boot issues are usually caused by RAM. We might have to come back to this.

I'll take a look at your mobo manual and check the RAM compatibility.

Do you have the RAM in slots DDR3_1, DDR3_3 and DDR3_5?
From the CPU, the 2nd, 4th and 6th slots.
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