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#1 turneriver

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 07:15 PM

I've had a problem with system freezes, primarily when playing videos, also a problem with occasionally not getting video on the first power-up of the system (almost always comes on on the second try when that happens).

I ran memtest, primarily in trying to solve the system freezes, on each ram stick separately, in different module slots, and got the same errors at the same point in the test each time. I also ran a 5 minute burn of the CPU which came back with no errors.

I would think that if the ram sticks were damaged, the errors would almost certainly be different in each one, no?

To me, this indicate that the problem is in the Mobo, either hardware or drivers. Does that seem reasonable? Is there a test that can be done to check Mobo integrity?

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 07:27 PM

Can you install only one stick at a time to see which may be faulty? Try Everest Home or Fresh Diagnose. I prefer Everest.
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Posted 04 January 2006 - 11:03 PM

It might be the motherboard, it's rare, but, I've seen it happen. Try putting a single stick in a different slot and then start up memtest and see if anything comes up. Please keep us posted!
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Posted 04 January 2006 - 11:10 PM

I did test each separately, in the same slot and in different slots and it appeared to me that they each failed in exactly the same spot in the same test. It seems too coincidental to be the memory sticks?

They test good when the bios checks them, and they show up fine in everest et.al., but in Memtest the memory flunks. I tried a shareware memory tester called GoldMem (or something) and the screen went black!

I may buy a new stick, and see what happens when I put it in.

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 09:51 AM

I asked Asus about a test for my motherboard - and they said that one didn't exist. Dunno if this applies to your mobo.

The simplest fix is to get more RAM and try it. If it's still the same errors - then you'll know that it's the mobo.

There are standalone RAM testers available - but as I recall, they'll cost more than the additional RAM will.

Here's some links to free memory testers that I've used:
http://www.simmtester.com/page/products/doc/download.asp
http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp
http://www.memtest.org/
http://www.memtest86.com/

http://www.hcidesign.com/ (this one works within Windows - and I can't attest to it's accuracy)
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