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    Memtest - testing ram, HELP.

    I've been getting bsod errors on my newly built pc so i've decided to test the ram, pcu etc.

    I ran memtest86 and it found over 300 errors, so i then took to stick of ram out, reran the test which it passed.

    I then tries the other ram on it's own in a different slot and that passed.

    so question is, what is the possible cause for me getting errors with both ram installed.

    It's 2 x 2gb of ram

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    Have you got anymore info on your setup? i.e.
    - make & model of both memory modules
    - motherboard make and model

    Reason I ask is because it might be worth knowing if your motherboard uses 2 modules in dual channel mode and also if the memory specs are identical. Afaik, you don't need the exact same modules when using 2 but it is recommended.

    p.s. have you tried updating your BIOS?
    Edited by: "oldmanhouse" 14th Nov 2010

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    Just started getting this problem on wife's laptop, though its 7 years old. I've figured out the 2nd slot is faulty. I would RMA the motherboard.
    Edited by: "lumoruk" 14th Nov 2010

    Original Poster

    CPU AMD PHENOM2 X4 965
    Motherboard Asus M4A785T-M
    Memory CORSAIR 4GB 1333MHz CL9 DDR3 (2x 2gb)

    What's rma the motherboard?

    souljacker

    CPU AMD PHENOM2 X4 965Motherboard Asus M4A785T-MMemory CORSAIR 4GB … CPU AMD PHENOM2 X4 965Motherboard Asus M4A785T-MMemory CORSAIR 4GB 1333MHz CL9 DDR3 (2x 2gb)What's rma the motherboard?



    Send it back

    You seem to be having issues since you built it

    Edited by: "sancho1983" 14th Nov 2010

    Original Poster

    But why would I just presume it's the motherboard??

    Original Poster

    dcx_badass

    Because the ram sticks tested fine.



    Yes but I was also going to test other hardware on the system, hdd, cpu ... If I am getting this error are you saying it is definitely the mobo

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    souljacker

    Yes but I was also going to test other hardware on the system, hdd, cpu … Yes but I was also going to test other hardware on the system, hdd, cpu ... If I am getting this error are you saying it is definitely the mobo



    Memtest tests the memory, the job it does is in the title oO

    Original Poster

    Err yeah I know that... All I said was I was just going to test everything else to try and trace the problem

    Obviously not with memtest oO
    Edited by: "souljacker" 14th Nov 2010

    Did you try updating the BIOS, as per my suggestion in post #1? Just because Memtest reports errors doesn't necessarily mean it's a faulty piece of hardware.

    When I first built my computer, I was always getting BSOD which was down to the graphics card drivers.

    P.S. I've checked out the manual and your motherboard supports these Corsair memory modules.
    http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/9782/memk.png

    are yours one of these?

    Can you also confirm which slots you have your 2 modules plugged into?

    Update bios and if your bios has an option for ECC and it's enabled turn it OFF then re-test . Swap dimm per slot x2 as well (check you are using the correct(recommended) slots for dual channel. Set SPD in bios for mem and no overclocking option enabled in bios (spread spectrum disabled). Also use another memtest version (if newer one is available)
    Edited by: "dontasciime" 14th Nov 2010

    dcx_badass

    Who reads the manual for ram support. Do you honestly think they test … Who reads the manual for ram support. Do you honestly think they test every single stick to see what works? IF it's the same general specs it should/will work. Test the other stuff if you want, also try swapping ram slots and running with one stick.



    I'm not saying that only those modules will work - I'm after the model number for the ones he has.


    dontasciime

    Update bios and if your bios has an option for ECC and it's enabled turn … Update bios and if your bios has an option for ECC and it's enabled turn it OFF then re-test . Swap dimm per slot x2 as well (check you are using the correct(recommended) slots for dual channel. Set SPD in bios for mem and no overclocking option enabled in bios (spread spectrum disabled). Also use another memtest version (if newer one is available)



    ^^^ good advice right here.

    The slots you're using make a big difference

    Original Poster

    Right so I've now put both ram back in and redone memtest overnight and it has come back with 12 passes and no errors... Weird, they were in right in the first place as I've checked this numerous times.

    How do I update the bios?

    Original Poster

    Oh and my ram isn't listed in the manual but the spec of it, which I've listed above, suggests it should work in this board
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