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RAM Problems

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#1 TheGrayNobleman


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Posted 13 June 2009 - 12:30 PM

Hey everyone,

I have a weird problem here.

When I first built this computer (sig) one of my friends gave me 4GB (x2 2GB) sticks of RAM. I tried using both of them but the computer wouldn't boot so I did a memtest on both of em and it turned out one was loaded with errors (my friend didn't have a problem with them in his computer - any idea why?). I just bought 4GB (x2 2GB sticks) of OSZ Reaper RAM and it is being very finicky in working. I got it to boot using the 4GBs but now it freezes when the OS loads.

||--||-||--||---<--- RAM Slots
  • Both sticks work fine in any slot alone
  • In slots 2-4/1-3 it loads the screen just before the bios, freezes, then reboots
  • When I have both sticks in 1-2 it boots, but between 1-5 mins of use the computer will totally freeze.
Also, I checked the timing and voltages. The timings were fine but I had to change the voltage up of the DRAM up to 2.1 from 1.8. (no difference)

If anyone has any idea what is causing these problems I would really appreciate it.


Edited by TheGrayNobleman, 13 June 2009 - 12:31 PM.

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#2 TheGrayNobleman

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 12:49 PM

Did a google search and found this.

Any last suggestions before I call OSZ and Gigabyte for a possible RMA?

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 01:03 PM

RAM slots can be defective...that's why you switch the modules around, to confirm that it's the board, not the RAM or vice versa.

I wouldn't leap to conclusions...based on 1 RMA of any piece of equipment.

But I would do my best to document that it is the board...before I even thought about calling for a RMA. That means I'd try the RAM at different clock speeds to ensure that a under/over-clock would not take care of it.

And I would ensure that there is no debris where it shouldn't be.

FWIW: Memtest86+ is the reliable version, all othera are suspect. See wiki for more on Memtest.


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