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Bad TWINX2048-3200C2 stick (other also possibly corrupt)


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I've been having severe problems with my RAM lately.


It all started about a week ago when my computer started to randomly restart. It didn't matter what I was doing, the computer would just restart. Sometimes when powering back up, the computer would restart during the process. It eventually got to the point where i could not run basic programs or diagnostics. I began starting in safe mode to try a system restore but the computer would crash during the restore. I was able to do a disk-check/repair but that did not solve the problem.The error reports I sent to microsoft said this was caused by stop errors from video drivers so i tried reinstalling the drivers but my system just crashed. I run in a SLI configuration (2 NVIDIA video cards) so i took one out and tried one thing after the other, then I tried the other card but no dice. I also took out my sound card and tried getting my system stable but nothing worked.


At that point my goal was to recover some files of mine for it looked like i would have to reformat. But first I bought a new hardrive and tried putting a fresh install of windows on that, but I would recieve the "blue screen of death" error during the install, saying it could not instal a certain .dll file (the file was different everytime I tried the install).


I then tried taking out my different sticks of RAM; trying different slots, running one at a time, etc. and my system worked perfectly fine when one of my sticks was taken out of my system (the good stick was not affected by different slots, nor was the bad stick improved by being in different slots). With my good stick I was able to backup everything and download some memory diagnostics (Memtest86). I diagnosed my good stick and the test found over 600+ errors when running Test #6: moving Iversions 32bit pattern. When I put my bad stick in my system in order to test it, my computer would not even POST and the monitor would recieve no video signal.


Below are pictures of what the error my good stick recieved at the end of the test:



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Well I hope that was enough info.


Thank you so much for your time!:biggrin:



EDIT: I should also probably say that my system has been running fine for about 5-6 months up until this point with no problems like this, so i'm pretty sure it isn't a compatability issue...if that narrows it down.

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That error may be from a bios setting but the errors in test 6 would suggest some other problem.

To be sure please make sure that you have the latest bios and then load setup defaults and set the Dim Voltage to 2.75 volts and then set the timings manually to the tested settings for the specific module you have, and then test the module/modules one at a time with http://www.memtest.org! If you still get errors, please follow the link in my signature “I think I have a bad part!” and we will be happy to replace them or it! However, if you get errors with both modules that would suggest some other problem and I would test them in another system or MB to be sure. In addition, with this MB you have to disable legacy USB in the bios when running any memory test.

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I finally got Memtest to start with the bad moduel by and basically it failed anything memtest threw at it hahaha. It had 1,300,000-ish errors after a pass and 15% into the next pass.


Also, i tested the good moduel after disabling Legacy USB and memtest returned no errors.


So I guess I'll return the crap moduel since it looks like it's toast haha.


Well thank you so much for your help!

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