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Windows 7: BSOD and help with windows memory diagnostics

22 Jun 2011   #11
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rezelute View Post
lol thats some demotivation right there, i find it ironic with all the technology we have now, something as simple as memory in PCs is still such a pain to debug and hasnt really changed much over the years.
I agree with that. Seems like somebody would. I suspect that people who do this for a living have some very sophisticated equipment that is much faster and easier. It takes a lot of patience for us to do it right, but in the end, it's the only way I know of to be certain that whatever problems you have are not ram related.


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23 Jun 2011   #12
rezelute

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Ok here is what i did: Based on the fact that the memory was failing immediately (within a minute) with 4 sticks of memory (1gb each stick) i theorised that whatever stick (if stick) was causing the problem would fail within the minute so i wouldnt have to perform 8 hour checks on each stick. So i tested each stick individually for 1 minute and when it seemed ok i would replace with another. Took 3 tries and finally the faulty stick showed up within minutes.
I will be replacing this stick but i have a couple of questions about memory:
Question 1:
If i got a 2GB stick to replace the 1GB faulty one (so i have 2gb,1gb,1gb,1gb), would windows/applications/games/etc benefit much from the upgrade? Also im aware that matching pairs of memory are best, may 2GB,1GB cause problems/slowness/etc?

Question 2:
I cant remember if my other sticks are 333,800 MHZ etc. If i got a stick which was 800mhz does 800mhz actually get used or do all the sticks get set to a default of 333?
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23 Jun 2011   #13
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

You can run stcks of different frequecy, but, It can cause stability issues and the memory will only run at the frequency of the lowest stick. And while many will tell you that you can and they have done it, and I'm sure they have, you are better off running matched sticks. When I was having trouble, Tech support at G Skill told me that it is difficult to stabalize ram of different sizes (I wanted to run 2X4GB and 2X2GB). I think this is a good time to increase the ram you have installed if you want to.
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23 Jun 2011   #14
rezelute

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks, i called ebuyer to ask them about different types of memory types to get but your opinion would be good too.
Assuming that all match frequencies, I could either buy all new 2x2GB sticks and replace all so they are matching (downside alittle expensive considering im building a new pc december time). Otherwise i could get 2GBx1GBx1GBx1GB. Ebuyer rep said that its probably not worth spending the extra money to buy all new sticks and run in Dual mode but just stick to 2GBx1GBx1GBx1GB even if it ran in single mode it wouldnt make that much of a difference. What do you think is best?
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23 Jun 2011   #15
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

If you are building a new computer soon, I would not spend any more money than necessary. Whatever you buy now, will probably not be compatibke with the new system. Most new systems use DDR3 ram. If it were me, I would try running with 3x1gb sticks in single chanel mode and see how that works. If you are satisfied, I would save the money for the new system. If you are not happy with it, make a decision then.
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23 Jun 2011   #16
rezelute

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Bril that gives me everything im looking for. I appreciate all your help and detailed answers, rep ++
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