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Broken RAM or Busted MoBo?


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#1 xDWolfy

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 12:42 PM

All I know is I have 4GB of DDR3 ram in my motherboard, and windows 7 is only registering 2. It worked for a while, but this rig is just over 3 years old and it cut out one day and hasn't worked since. I'm worried about removing it incase leaving it in is stopping the whole MoBo from blowing :P (overly causious, I know, but it has happened before, believe it or not...)

Could someone recommend a test to see whether it's the slot on the board or the ram itself that's buggered? Cheers.

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 12:46 PM

***** A. 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+-....iso.zip file.
3. Inside, you'll find memtest86+-....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+-....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.

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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Posted 04 December 2010 - 12:51 PM

Thanks a lot man, hella fast reply. I do have more than 1 stick installed, so I'll try Option A when I get some free time :)




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