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#1 SuperNerd1988

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 05:53 PM

My computer is showing signs of memory problems, but seems to be related to the slots more than the sticks themselves. When I run the program MemTest with one stick in the first slot I get all kinds of errors and the system crashes when I run memory intensive programs. With the stick in slots 2 and 3 there are still errors but not as many and the system is more stable but still crashes sometimes. I haven't gotten any errors or had any crashes with the stick in slot 4. For what its worth, when I was assembling the system I accidentally dropped the processor :thumbsup: and bent a couple of the pins. I gently pushed them back into place with my fingers and it went into the socket just fine. I see three possible explanations for my problems: bad RAM, bad motherboard, or damaged CPU pins. At this point I really don't think its the RAM since it works fine if the last slot and I'm guessing that if the pins were damaged I would be having bigger problems than stability. This leaves the motherboard as the cause of the problems. If I could get some other thoughts on what the problem might be I would really appreciate it.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 06:58 PM

When running Memtest86+...there's no difference between 1 error and 5,000... an error indicates instability of some sort.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:23 AM

I was not running Memtest86+ before but I am now, I linked to the website where I found the first program I tried. I realize that any error indicates a problem, but I don't know the cause of the problem. The RAM might not be bad after all, which I suspected because I haven't had any problems with it in the 4th slot. I am almost 12 passes into Memtest86+ (5 and a half hours) and no errors have come up. At this point I suspect problems with the CPU because of damaged pins or a problem with the motherboard. I was hoping to get other people's thoughts on the situation or recommendations for other tests to run to figure out exactly what is going on.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:05 PM

FWIW: Memtest86+ came about because of unreliable results when running Memtest86.

See Known Problems, Memtest86 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memtest.

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