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Windows 7: Nightmare build

11 Apr 2011   #11
Commodore Pet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomrdiedrich View Post
What is a good reliable RAM that has a great track record and takes a little OC abuse?

That would depend on who you ask, but I have had no problems and am quite happy with my Corsair XMS3 1600 DDR3.

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11 Apr 2011   #12

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1

Well RAm has come down so much in price I suppose I cannot hurt to take a shot on it. RAM and CPU are all that has not been replaced or tested by manufacturer. Worst case I have a couple extra sticks. I will post what happens with it.
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11 Apr 2011   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

In my opinion, try uninstalling everything. Uninstall your video card drivers, your monitor drivers, your keyboard drivers, mouse, webcam, speakers, headphones, wifi card, etc. Then restart your computer. It will immediately reinstall all the drivers you uninstalled (of course, since they are plugged in).
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11 Apr 2011   #14

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

First: I would agree with the idea of trying different RAM. As cheap as it is these days and with the many problems incompatible RAM can cause, another roll of the dice is worth $50.

Sorry if this was mentioned and I missed it:

1) Have you messed around with different Video Drivers?

2) I see in your specs you have an Athlon X3. You haven't tried unlocking the 4th core have you? If you haven't, don't. If you have, can you undo it?

3) In your strip-it-down and build-it-again process, did you check the MB standoffs? One of them in the wrong place and... You might even try building it outside the case and see how it runs that way, assuming the freezes are frequent enough that you won't have to wait three weeks to be sure you've fixed it.

4) Have you tested the HD thoroughly? I have an old computer which I thought could (barely) run Win7. It was dog-slow and horrible, a fact that I put down to it being underpowered CPU-wise and very short on RAM. Then one day the HD croaked. After replacing it the computer has been performing quite nicely for the few basic tasks I needed it to do. Worth getting it out of the way as a possible problem, if you haven't done so already.

Hang in there - every problem has a solution. :)
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11 Apr 2011   #15

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1

All the parts on this pc are new. And they have been tested in great depth to the component level. I have redone all the drivers all are the newest and most updated straight from manufacturer. Prime95 is still running the CPU stress test with little RAM. WAY longer than any other test run so far. Best before now was 45 min. Currently going on 4 hours! I will try new RAM and update the thread.
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11 Apr 2011   #16

Windows 7 Pro x64

you say Prime 95 with lots of RAM used only runs for 45 minutes? Then stops?
That should tell you right there it is the RAM.

Have you run MemTest86+? If you have how long did that run.
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12 Apr 2011   #17

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1

I ran Memtest for almost a full two days. It never found anything. That is why this is so strange! I wonder if Crucial will stand behind their RAM and RMA it?? Obviously there is something wrong with it if it is the cause for all my trouble.
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12 Apr 2011   #18

Windows 7 Professional x64

If you can borrow some other RAM, that might also save you from an RMA. Also, try running with just one stick installed; if that hangs, try the other.
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12 Apr 2011   #19

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1

That is a good idea. I will try single sticks tonight and post what I find. Thanks for the idea!
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12 Apr 2011   #20

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1

OK. So I removed one stick of RAM and tried to run tests with only one stick. It froze on boot. I removed that stick and tried it again with the other stick. Froze again on boot up!! This is with the one stick in the #1 DIMM slot. So it seems to me that it must be the RAM for sure?? But how/why could it pass the memtest and a windows RAM test??? This makes no sence. I have ordered new RAM from PNY and I hope this puts this mess behind me! Any insight on why this went the way it did I would appreciate it.
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