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Windows 7: Constant lockups

22 Jul 2011   #11
whiplash

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Ubuntu Linux
 
 

With my back up stick of ram, I've ran prime95 in two, one hour test with no freezes. I'll be running more tonight and I might let a test go all night and see if it makes it until morning.

If the problem is caused by my new ram not being 100% compatible with my mobo, do any of you think a BIOS update will help?

No one has replied at all and I really need some to suggest idea or give me advise or anything. I can here to get help from people who know more about computers than I do and I've been talkin to myself. I at least need someone to bounce ideas off of. Please


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23 Jul 2011   #12
whiplash

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Ubuntu Linux
 
 

I'm running a few more verification test with my back up stick of ram. If I doesnt freeze within a few tests I'm going to update my BIOS and see if that adds compatibility for my 8GB of ram.
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23 Jul 2011   #13
whiplash

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Ubuntu Linux
 
 

out of curiousity i put all 8GB of rram back in and booted to safe mode and ran Prime95. no lockup. ill do that a few more times to make sure it wasnt a flook. still though, in normal windows mode my pc locks up with my ram, but doesn't with my back up 2GB stick.

any ideas? please post if you have any ideas.

i wanted to update my BIOS today but there is a storm comming and i dont want to risk a power outage in the middle of the update. that would be bad.
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23 Jul 2011   #14
MvdB

Windows 7 64b Ultimate
 
 

Hello Whiplash... I had a look... But first a hint for future posts. Most of us here try to help and look for threads with zero replies and then start with the older ones. You have benn bumping your thread 13 times... Which is ok, no rule against it but the consequence regretfully is that most probably thought you were already getting help.

As for your problem.....
Memtest should be done for 5-6 passes for each individual stick and in each slot. However, if memtest came out fine with your 8g tested at the same time and with a min of 6 passes, I'll believe it is not your memory, for now.

I know you say it freezes and you don't ention BSODs. Even so, please post full details as instructed here https://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...tructions.html

It gives us a lot of info we need.... Thx.
We'll get there, just need some patience.
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23 Jul 2011   #15
whiplash

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Ubuntu Linux
 
 

Here is the info you wanted. I'll run Memtest like you said. is it ok to boot with one stick of ram in slot 3, for example, with all other slots empty?
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23 Jul 2011   #16
whiplash

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Ubuntu Linux
 
 

Apperently I've been using a different type of memory test, called memtest. I just now downloaded memtest86 and burnt it to a cd and I'm currently on pass 20 with no errors. I like memtest86 much better than the other one, this one is so much faster.

I've been usin this one MemTest: RAM reliability tester for Windows there is a picture at the bottom of the page. It works well it just takes a long time to complete.

On pass 26 now with no errors. I'm gonna start testing each stick on it's own now
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23 Jul 2011   #17
whiplash

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Ubuntu Linux
 
 

Never mind about the test being so fast. I misread the pass couture and thought I was on pass 20 when I was really only 20% done with one pass. Lol I had a dumb moment. Anyway, I'm re-testing my ram.

I also updated my BIOS. after memtest86 is done I will see if the BIOS up date worked.
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23 Jul 2011   #18
whiplash

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Ubuntu Linux
 
 

Memtest86 tested all my ram and it passed.

Now I believe I know what my problem is. My ram is enhanced latency, 5-5-5-12. I believe that those timings aren't compatible with my motherboard. This explains why my back up ram wont lock up my PC. I have emailed asus but they might not get back to my until Monday or later, you know how support can be. Lol.

In the interest of not having to buy 8GB of new ram, is it possible to change the timings to something more normal? I guess you could call it underclocking lol.

I still don't know why it never locked up in safe mode.
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24 Jul 2011   #19
MvdB

Windows 7 64b Ultimate
 
 

A couple of comments...
Memtest should run for 6-7 passes which will take approx 8 hours....
The diff between Safe Mode and normal could be that, only in normal mode, you have mobo software running that changes the default bios settings....

You need to get into that anyway because if it WAS BIOS that did this and the cause is mem timings.... You would have the same probs in Safe Mode....
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24 Jul 2011   #20
whiplash

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Ubuntu Linux
 
 

So what are you suggesting I do? Im gonna run memtest86 some more later today.

Sense I put my spare ram in, I haven't locked up. It ran all yesterday evening when I was installing thngs and it ran all night
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