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I have 2x2GB Corsair XMS CMX4GX3M2A1600C8 on an AMD system.

I know this modules are designed for Intel systems, but I never had problem with boot, or timings etc.


My system sometimes freeze, and I want to made a RAM test to exclude definitely a RAM problem and concentrate to another hardware component, which test can you suggest me?


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Memtest 86+ should show if the memory is functioning properly at your current settings.


FWIW, there are many things that can cause PC system freezes including defective/corrupted software, poor quality or incorrect hardware drivers and ANY Windoze O/S, which has tens of thousands of known defects.


You may want to use the "processes" section of Task Manager to try and identify what is happening when your PC freezes. If you leave the process tab open while using your PC, it may show what is "freezing"?

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ty for your suggestions, do you know how many hours will take for a complete test with Memtest 86+ ? I have 2x2GB


I already done a Memtest 86+ but I stopped it with no errors reported after 45 minutes because I was bored, by the way I am pretty sure is not a RAM fault but I will check better tonight with a complete memtest.


I know is pretty incredible but I think is my USB wireless dongle causing the freezes: with original driver has no issue, when doing windows update it finds and install driver update; then problems begins (that is what I suppose).

I must rollback driver and exclude update from next time windows update and made further tests.


I think that an optimized memory for intel architecture HAVE to play in an AMD architecture, basically every kind of RAM architecture is always the same, maybe I couldn't reach some timings or voltages or frequency but I experience this freeze with all frequency (I want to say is not a frequency issue)

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Usually running Memtest 86+ for a few hours without errors is a good indication the memory is OK.


The reason I mentioned bad/corrupt hardware drivers, software, etc. is because these are common PC issues. Maybe the USB driver is the issue????? Hopefully you've found the problem.

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I have been more then a week with no freezes believing registry clean was the solution, today freeze happened during windows 7 "loading" (the screen with "starting windows")

By the way if freeze remains not so frequent is not a huge problem, I will better monitor the situation.



If I look at the windows 7 eventviewer I find for the today crash

Session "Microsoft-Windows-Setup" stopped due to the following error: 0xC000000D and details


- System


- Provider


[ Name] Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-EventTracing

[ Guid] {B675EC37-BDB6-4648-BC92-F3FDC74D3CA2}


EventID 3


Version 0


Level 2


Task 2


Opcode 14


Keywords 0x8000000000000010


- TimeCreated


[ SystemTime] 2010-10-12T08:47:56.084809700Z


EventRecordID 261




- Execution


[ ProcessID] 4

[ ThreadID] 152


Channel Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-EventTracing/Admin


Computer Giovanni-PC


- Security


[ UserID] S-1-5-18



- EventData


SessionName Microsoft-Windows-Setup

FileName C:\Windows\Panther\setup.etl

ErrorCode 3221225485

LoggingMode 5



This message is listed as "error" (that means not "critical" as reported in eventviewer for the other freezes while windows was already loaded and that says a not explicative cause: The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly.) .

So I think this is not the real freeze event log (windows couldn't catch if was still starting up)


I set my memory at 1600 Mhz 8-8-8-24 running with 1,659V ("Auto" voltages option) and stayed for a week with no freezes.

When I had more frequent freezes I realized I had it even at 1333 Mhz.


In general a "constant" I noticed in almost forum/threads talking about windows 7 freezing: are almost systems with Corsair ram :confused:

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  • 1 month later...

I am come back just to say my issue is not absolutely related with corsair memory that although intel certified can runs even at tight timings and higher frequency at 1,5v!

Infact I swapped my video card with an ATI Sapphire HD5450 (that doesn't need power supply but need only to be placed in the PCI-E slot) and my system pass 2 days of continuous memtest86+ so now I have to find out if is an Sapphire ATI 5770 issue or power supply issue. :cool:

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