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
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.