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Windows 7: Gfx slow and then BSOD.

21 Feb 2011   #21
aggixx

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Pulled out one of the two sticks and I'm now testing to see if they're both bad. So far it looks like it's only one of them.

What surprises me is how MemTest found 12.5 mil errors, and Windows Memory Diag said it was fine.

Does the windows utility often suck that bad?

Will happily post back here after I am able to RMA one (or both) sticks, to give a status report.


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21 Feb 2011   #22
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I personally prefer memtest86, but the built in diag is what we have a tutorial handy for.
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08 Mar 2011   #23
aggixx

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

According to the shipment tracking, my RMA arrived at G.SKILL 4 or 5 days ago, yet I have not recieved any emails from G.SKILL acknowledging this. Is this typical?

PS. Not sure whether to start new thread for this or not, sorry
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15 Mar 2011   #24
aggixx

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

First off, I'd like to say that I am NOT happy with G.Skill's customer service. I sent them an email asking the status on my RMA and they asked for my tracking number (the postal one, I provided the RMA number in the original email). I then replied with the tracking number and a full copy/paste of the confirmation email I recieved from USPS.

I didn't recieve a response for a few days, so I sent another email with the tracking number. Eventually, they sent me an email saying that they had shipped it, but I actually received that email the day of it's arrival . All in all it took about 3 and a half weeks for the whole RMA procedure.

Anyways, I installed the new module yesterday, and I just now got another BSOD (DRIVER_IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL, or something like that). I hadn't gotten a single BSOD the whole time I was running on just the one stick. Seems to me likely the new stick is faulty as well. I will be running a memtest overnight or ASAP.

What're the chances that I've gotten two duds in a row?
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15 Mar 2011   #25
Maguscreed

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

It's completely possible you could get two bad ones in a row, though not really likely. Then again I have absolutely zero personal experience with gskill products.

It is conceivably possible the memory slot you are actually putting the ram in is bad as well.
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15 Mar 2011   #26
aggixx

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yeah, a fellow gamer just suggested that to me and that's something I'll definitely need to test when I do the memtest.
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20 Mar 2011   #27
aggixx

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

So I did actually do a memtest that night. I ran a 12 pass test on one stick (no errors), 4 pass test on the other (no errors), and then 2 or 3 passes on both sticks (no errors). I would've posted about this sooner but I felt like I was missing a piece of the puzzle and I waited for more data.

It seems to me that the cycle has started over. I started off with relative stability, no BSODs for a couple days. Then I end up getting an occasional bluescreen (especially while booting) and eventually it turns into a full blown "just can't boot successfully" because it's throwing so many errors at me. I got a few "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" and a couple "BAD_SYSTEM_CONFIG_INFO". Edit: Also got a few "Overclocking Failed!" from the post screen (had them OCd to DDR1600, speed they were designed to run at.)

I then decided to take out the new stick of ram and run only on the old one, and now I am running fine.

Meant to do a overnight run on both sticks last night, but I forgot

Is it possible that one of the sticks just doesn't play well with the other? What would cause gradually increasing rates of BSODs considering I can just take one of the sticks out and run the computer flawlessly? Any other ideas/suggestions of what the problem could be, I'd love to hear them.

PS: While running these two current sticks, the only BSOD I've recieved was the one 3 posts ago. All of the other ones happened exclusively during bootup.

Edit: Putting this out there now since it may be of relevance, the RAM I am using is G.SKILL DDR3 1600 Ripjaws (model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL, 9-9-9-24 timings)
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25 Mar 2011   #28
aggixx

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Still running on (an annoying) 2 GBs of RAM, no BSODs.
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25 Mar 2011   #29
mgorman87

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I would update to SP1 and then try your memory again. Maybe it was something else conflicting with the memory.

How to update to SP1
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25 Mar 2011   #30
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Is there any difference if you change the RAM cards, if you have been running one 2GB card switch to the other card.

Often when running 2GB RAM cards, 4GB RAM or more you need to bump the memory controller voltage.
With the below information, we can try adjusting a few settings.

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 Core 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.

Go to your BIOS and tell us what the CPU, RAM and North Bridge (NB) voltages are.



Which version of NVIDIA nForce 680i motherboard do you have?
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