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Windows 7 boot problem = RAM problem?


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HRNemesis

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I installed Win 7 the week it came out. After clean install on my machine, when it came time to boot to the hard drive got a bsod with an error message. After a google search of the error message, it seemed as I have a ram problem. Had 4 1g sticks of patriot memory, all matched. Remove 2 sticks and it boots no problem. Swapped sticks, still boots no problem. I thought it would not but since it does, seems as the ram is not really bad. More than 2 sticks, BSOD. It runs with only 2g of ram but I paid for 4. Any thoughts as to why it won't run with more than 2 sticks would be appreciated? Thanks.
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rshaffer61

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As long as the system post then we can check the memory using memtest86.
It sounds to me its more like you might have a bad memory slot.
Try testing all the memory together first and see what you get.

If you have more than one RAM module installed, try starting computer with one RAM stick at a time.

NOTE Keep in mind, the manual check listed above is always superior to the software check, listed below. DO NOT proceed with memtest, if you can go with option A

B. If you have only one RAM stick installed...
...run memtest...

1. Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)
2. Unzip downloaded memtest86+-2.11.iso.zip file.
3. Inside, you'll find memtest86+-2.11.iso file.
4. Download, and install ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/
5. Insert blank CD into your CD drive.
6. Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc
7. Click on Browse for a file... icon:

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8. Locate memtest86+-2.11.iso file, and click Open button.
9. Click on ImgBurn green arrow to start burning bootable memtest86 CD:

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10. Once the CD is created, boot from it, and memtest will automatically start to run. You may have to change the boot sequence in your BIOS to make it work right.

To change Boot Sequence in your BIOS
Reboot the system and at the first post screen (where it is counting up memory) start tapping the DEL button
This will enter you into the Bios\Cmos area.
Find the Advanced area and click Enter
Look for Boot Sequence or Boot Options and highlight that click Enter
Now highlight the first drive and follow the directions on the bottom of the screen on how to modify it and change it to CDrom.
Change the second drive to the C or Main Drive
Once that is done then click F10 to Save and Exit
You will prompted to enter Y to verify Save and Exit. Click Y and the system will now reboot with the new settings.


The running program will look something like this depending on the size and number of ram modules installed:


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It's recommended to run 5-6 passes. Each pass contains very same 8 tests.

This will show the progress of the test. It can take a while. Be patient, or leave it running overnight.

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The following image is the test results area:

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The most important item here is the “errors” line. If you see ANY errors, even one, most likely, you have bad RAM.
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Thanks, I will try that when I have the time. What does not make sense is that all 4 worked fine for over a year with xp. Inserted windows 7 disc, formatted hard drive and bam. If it worked in windows xp it stands to reason that it is a software issue.
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It could be but it may be a coincidence and something happened with the motherboard at the same time.
It could be the memory just doesn't want to play together anymore or it could be a bad module and the test will push it to see if it does indeed have a bad chip.
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