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Looks like a bad module.
since it is showing bad you cans top that one and put the other stick in by itself and see what you have for results on it.
As of right now I can say you do have one bad module of memory
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Because of my past history with this RAM, I'm going to attempt run the RAM in this little old Dell computer I keep in my closet for backup and see what it says. Right now the other stick shows no errors, but it hasn't gotten to TEST 4 of the second pass yet, but I have a bad feeling about that.

It's just frustrating when the store told me it was okay two years ago but I've never been able to confirm whether it was the RAM or my crappy old mobo. I assume it wouldn't show errors if it didn't like my backup PSU I'm using now? I'll update you when the next test is done, thanks.
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oK not a problem. PSU would have no bearing on the memtest.
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Still no errors on this stick second time around. Would it make a difference if I tried this seemingly good stick in the same slot as the other one that tested bad?
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You can try and if it errors then that could be a slot problem then.
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I ran it for 2 passes and no errors. I tried it in the other slot (where I had been running the bad stick) for 3 passes and no errors, so I guess the one stick really is bad. Would the bad module be responsible for shutting me out? I know bad sticks can do funky stuff, but I seemed to stop getting weird errors when I shut down (a split second before the computer shut off) when I bought my new mobo last year.

I guess regardless of the cause -- can you recommend me a good brand of DDR2? I'll probably only buy 2x1gb sticks and I'm running a Q9550 on an Asus P5Q board with WD Caviar Blacks. I just want something really reliable of course. Thanks.
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Sure can you tell me what make and model your motherboard is or if a name brand system can you give em the make and model?
Then I will do some research and get you the information with a couple of different links for prices.
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Thanks.

CPU: Intel Q9550
Motherboard: ASUS P5Q
Hard drives: Caviar Blacks (4) mostly 500gb
PSU: Seasonic S12II 500w

The PC has been built by myself, it wasn't pre built.
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Is this your motherboard HERE?

4 x DIMM, max. 16GB, DDR2 1200 / 1066 / 800 / 667 MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Dual channel memory architecture

My suggestion for you is HERE at Crucial.com
Prices are in line for the type of memory and they have always been good on service, support and warranty.
On the left uncheck everything but the following:
Crucial for the Performance
Single for kits
2gb for Density

Edited by rshaffer61, 20 January 2010 - 06:02 AM.

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Thanks a bunch.
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You are welcome and please let me know how everything goes or if you need further assistance. I am here to help. :) :) :)
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By the way, I might go to Windows 7, but I'm not sure if I mentioned that I did get back into Windows, but I'm back at SP1 and the defaults, etc. but I can't open any programs, possibly because of the registry or something? It's like they are missing their install information. If I stay with XP I'm most likely doing a clean install, but for now...
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Before making the change to Windows 7 please go HERE to the Windows 7 Compatibility Adviser to make sure your system as well as programs will work.
As far as the SP1 issue have you done the Windows Updates from Microsoft to egt all the Critical Updates for your system?
Do you have your Genuine XP installation disk? If you do then please do the following and see if this will help fix the issue you are having now.

Go Start and then to Run ("Start Search" in Vista),
Type in: sfc /scannow
Click OK (Enter in Vista).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy.
If System File Checker (sfc) finds any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD.
If sfc does not find any errors in Windows XP, it will simply quit, without any message.
In Vista you will receive the following message: "Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations".

For Vista users ONLY: Navigate to C:\Windows\Logs\CBS folder. You'll see CBS.log file.
Usually, it's pretty big file, so upload it to Flyupload, and post download link.


If you don't have Windows CD....
This applies mostly to Windows XP, since Vista rarely requires use of its DVD while running "sfc"
Note This method will not necessarily work as well, as when using Windows CD, because not always ALL system files are backed up on your hard drive. Also, backed up files may be corrupted as well.

Go Start and then Run
type in regedit and click OK


Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup

You will see various entries Values on the right hand side.

The one we want is called: SourcePath

It probably has an entry pointing to your CD-ROM drive, usually D and that is why it is asking for the XP CD.
All we need to do is change it to: C:
Now, double click the SourcePatch setting and a new box will pop up.
Change the drive letter from your CD drive to your root drive, usually C:
Close Registry Editor.

Now restart your computer and try sfc /scannow again!


Thanks to Broni for the instructions



Revised and Simplified:


Do you have a valid XP CD?

If so, place it in your CD ROM drive and follow the instructions below:
  • Click on Start and select Run... type sfc /scannow (note the space) (Let this run undisturbed until the window with the blue progress bar goes away)

SFC
- Which stands for System File Checker,
retrieves the correct version of the file from %Systemroot%\System32\Dllcache or the Windows installation source files, and then replaces the incorrect file.
If you want to see what was replaced, right-click My Computer and click on Manage. In the new window that appears, expand the Event Viewer (by clicking on the + symbol next to it) and then click on System.
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I have a genuine XP disc. I ran that and it was okay, but I still can't open programs or connect to the internet (my mobo requires drivers to be installed for the net) and I checked the list under my computer and all entries say INFORMATION and a few say ERROR.
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Please Go to
1: STARTand the click on RUN
2: Type in devmgmt.msc
3: Click Enter

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop


Attach it to your next reply
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