I have tested the memory by running memtest on both DIMMS all checked out good didnt reboot ...
Just how well
have you tested the memory?
- What exactly did you use to run the test?
- How long did you allow the test to run?
Normally, at least 7 full passes is recommended for any degree of reliability, but the test should be allowed to run for 24 hours
to have confidence in the result being reliable. There should be no errors.
- I will include below, my prepared instructions for testing memory.
From what you have posted, it would seem that bad memory is the most likely culprit
for failure to boot (and load) successfully the several CDs. (All the CDs can't be bad!)
You wrote: "With the hard drive attached windows will not boot past the Loading Windows screen I have a BSOD 0000007b error."
The STOP 0x7B error when attempting to boot to Windows (on the hard drive) can have a number of causes and does not necessarily mean that the hard drive is bad: It is not due to bad memory though.
- Before concerning ourselves with the STOP 0x7B error, let's get the memory checked properly and be able to boot successfully with Windows or Linux CDs.
=========================================================Test the memory (RAM).
- Run memtest86+ for a minimum of 24 hours for a reliable result if no errors are reported before-hand.
Memory needs to be tested outside of Windows, so memtest86+
is run from a bootable CD.
To make a bootable CD with memtest86+
- Extract the downloaded zip file:
- Right-click on the zip file and choose Extract all. (Windows XP ... other Windows versions may have different wording.)
The contents of the zip file (the .ISO image file) will be extracted to a folder in the same location as your zip file.
- Burn the .ISO image to CD: If you do not already have a suitable burning program for writing .ISO images to disc ...
- Download and install ImgBurn.
- Ensure that you UN-check the box agreeing to install the Ask toolbar during the installation.
- Place a new (blank) CD disc in the drive tray.
- Choose Write image file to disc.
- Under Source, click on the Browse button: Navigate to and select the .ISO file that you wish to burn.
- Place a check-mark in the box beside Verify.
- When the CD has been burned and verified as successful, it will be bootable.
Boot from the newly created CD.
- You may need to configure BIOS or the Boot Menu to boot first from the CD.
- memtest86+ will begin running automatically: You need do nothing else at this time.
- Allow memtest86+ to run un-interrupted.
See the screenshots in this informative link: Diagnose with Memtest86+
There MUST be NO
- If you see an error, stop the test.
- Then proceed to test each stick of RAM separately to sort the good from the bad.
test for some confidence in the result, should be 7 full passes
(each "pass" is a series of different types of tests), with NO
- Allow memtest86+ to run for 24 hours for maximum confidence in the test result.
memtest86+ will continue running until you stop it:
- Press the <ESCAPE> key to re-boot the computer, removing the memtest86+ CD.
Reference: Overclockers forums Memtest86+ Guide/How To'shttp://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=409152
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