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Samm - I'm baaaaack (was: Blue Screens, etc.)


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Hi, Samm,

As you may recall I had started getting ERROR stop blue screens. In the midst of our exchange my ISP failed.
Once back online you led me through memtest, which found no errors, and the Error stops ceased. Well, I
just got another one, first one since I reported they had stopped. This time I went ahead and ran memtest
and it found tons of errors, 90551 through 1 complete pass and into test #5 of the second pass. It found
89559 on the first pass. Help!
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That simply means your RAM (computer memory) is bad and needs to be replaced.
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Thank you! Is there a way to test to find out which chip has failed?
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Sure, just test one at a time. For example, if you have two sticks of RAM, pull one out and run memtest on the remaining stick. Next, swap the sticks, and run again.
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Thanks! I'll give it a try.
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Worked like a charm. Found the offending culprit right away. You guys are great! Thanks, again! :)
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I installed a replacement module this evening and memtest showed zero errors.
Thanks, again!
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Okay, I guess I spoke too soon. Overnight I experienced yet another stop error. The nature of this one was:
0xA (0x0, 0x1C, 0x1, 0x804E1BF8). Chkdsk did not run on reboot and memtest continues to find no errors. :)

To fix my previous problem when memtest found close to 60K errors I ran memtest with one memory module
removed at a time, and wound up replacing the OEM 256K module in the #2 slot. Upon boot-up I get a warning
that a "non-optimal memory configuration" has been detected, with instructions to "Please power down the
system and move the larger memory modules to slots 1 & 2. Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run setup
utility." Both memtest and control panel/system show that I still have 2.560 gigs of ram.

My minidump files are as follows:
Mini092408-01.dmp
Mini092408-02.dmp
Mini092408-03.dmp
Mini092408-04.dmp
Mini092408-05.dmp
Mini092508-01.dmp
Mini092508-02.dmp
Mini092508-03.dmp
Mini092508-04.dmp
Mini092508-05.dmp
Mini092608-01.dmp
Mini100208-01.dmp
Mini101308-01.dmp
Mini101408-10.dmp
Mini102508-01.dmp

:)
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first try swapping the ram to opposite slots
no joy
look in the bios and load the safe or default or optimized settings...usually F5 but read the screens to be sure...save your settings F10 usually but read the screens ...
no joy
sounds like you didn't install the right memory for your computer ....go here and see what the correct ram is for your make and model

Edited by happyrock, 25 October 2008 - 04:04 PM.

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Thanks for the response, Happyrock. I'll try your recommendations. The OEM module I took out was 256MB
PC3200 DDR non-ECC DIMM CL3, which is what I replaced it with, however not from Dell, and I replaced only
the one stick which showed errors with memtest.

I had another stop error blue screen. This time the string was:
0x7E (0xC0000005, 0x804F384D, 0xF78E64B4C, 0xF78E6848)
This is basically what it was doing before - random stop errors.
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If memtest doesn't show any errors, your RAM should be fine. However, the bad RAM may have corrupted the operating system. Might be time to try a repair install.
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mixing and matching RAM is a crapshoot at best...sometimes you can and sometimes you can't....
it all depends on the mobo... bios...and chipset...
even if it is the same speed and specs but different manufactures you can have problems...I recommend against it...
get CPU-Z here and launch it...get screenshots of both sticks and post them here...

another option is to remove 1 of the sticks and see if the problem goes away...
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happyrock,
Hope these work:
From the 16th thru 23rd during the time between removing the bad stick and installing the replacement I
experienced no problems other than reduced ram and slower speed.

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your having problems because your mixing ram...ram is dirt cheap right now...1 GB using 2 sticks of 512MB IS ALL YOU NEED ... I recommend getting a matched set of corsair...when you get a matched set they have been tested at the same speed and have a lifetime warranty

Edited by happyrock, 27 October 2008 - 10:02 AM.

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Gottem on order. Thanks, happyrock.
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