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Windows 7: Major BSODs

10 Apr 2011   #11
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

In my case the memory did show errors, when it was actually the slot. I found that the slot can cause the memory to show errors when there was nothing wrong with the memory.


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11 Apr 2011   #12
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

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This problem kind of makes me question the usefulness of either Memtest86 or the Windows Memory Diagnostic, because I had used both of them only 2 days before this occurred and they didn't provide a clue that this was in the offing. I suppose that might have been more likely to have been the case, if it was actually a RAM stick that failed, rather than the RAM slot though.
Right Memtest test the RAM not the slots it in
I don't quite understand your meaning, because as far as I know, there is no way to test a slot...softwarewise. The slot can only be tested by the substitution method that we have discussed.
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11 Apr 2011   #13
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
In my case the memory did show errors, when it was actually the slot. I found that the slot can cause the memory to show errors when there was nothing wrong with the memory.
Even this would have been preferable to it testing good, when it wasn't.
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11 Apr 2011   #14
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

It seems that on my system, when there are only 3 sticks of RAM installed, that none are able to use the dual mode configuration. Therefore, I'm wondering which would perform better...2 sticks in dual mode, or 3 in regular DDR400?
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11 Apr 2011   #15
DeanP

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1 OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7
 
 

Can I just make this clear...

Are you getting the BSOD in Windows or while it is booting?
If you are getting it in Windows, then please create a report: https://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...tructions.html
If it is during a boot, then do a Startup Repair: Startup Repair

Regards. . .
Dean
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11 Apr 2011   #16
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Had you read my posts correctly, you would have understood that my mentioning BSODs were only incidental to the real problem that I had, despite the way that I titled the thread. At this point, neither the BSOD or the problem that accompanied them are any longer relevant. Therefore the manner in which I posted is not important and no longer needs fixing.
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11 Apr 2011   #17
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Depending on your usage, you will probably see better performance with two cards in dual channel mode.

Sometimes memory controller voltage bump can stabilize RAM, when 4GB installed, 4 slots filled, or even with 2GB or 4GB cards.
As a system ages these things can pop up, not always but, sometimes you can nurse it along for a while.

What is your 'Over - Voltage NB VCORE' set to? Enabled(1.3v) or disabled(1.2v)?

Also try cleaning the mobo RAM slots and the RAM card connectors.

Just to clarify, you ran memtest86+ on all four cards individually in the second black slot?


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
In my case the memory did show errors, when it was actually the slot. I found that the slot can cause the memory to show errors when there was nothing wrong with the memory.
Memtest86+ tests how your system sees/uses/functions with the RAM, just like your system uses it, the stress can make the error more recognizable.

There is no test that can tell you that a slot is bad, just can tell you that the system is experiencing an error. Memtest86+ is a tool that helps you narrow down the culprit, be it bad RAM card, bad slot, bad timing settings or bad voltage settings.

Most electronic tests, in certain conditions, can pass several times and then fail. It's the nature of the beast.
The causes are many, manufacturing defect that finally shows itself, components that have been on the edge of capable performance and finally succumb to the inevitable, settings on the edge of the functioning envelope, etc.
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11 Apr 2011   #18
Konceptz804

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

FYI, its extremely rare for an actual ram slot to go bad...not saying its impossible but its extremely rare.
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11 Apr 2011   #19
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Konceptz804 View Post
FYI, its extremely rare for an actual ram slot to go bad...not saying its impossible but its extremely rare.
Rare is not unusual for me.
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