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How does a MemTest relate to the condition of my hardware?


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#1 James T Kirk

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 01:02 AM

How does a MemTest relate to the condition of my hardware?

Here is my current situation. Here's what I did: [I have 2 RAM sticks]
> I ran MemTest 3.5
> Both RAM sticks at same time: Fail, 1 sec
> Isolate Single RAM Stick Diagnostic Test, #1 RAM Stick
Run Time: 13 hours, #Passes: 51
No errors
> Isolate Single RAM Stick Diagnostic Test, #2 RAM Stick
Run Time: 12 hours
No errors

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My computer hasn't been able to run/install any OS for 2 months. It has been crashed because of this no RAM issue.

What does this mean?

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 01:45 AM

MemTest86+ is the usual test to run on your RAM sticks -
See this post from Artrooks http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic464949.html/page__view__findpost__p__2805664
It should have the links for you -

RAM sticks are generally cheap these days and if you use a pair, make sure they are a Matched Pair, not just random sticks
Mixed sticks have been the cause of a few problems at times. Currently running 2 Kingston sticks in my XP -

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 09:38 AM

Maybe another worth trying also is use the other slot and check again.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 01:40 PM

Did you make any changes to your bios in relation to overclocking the ram or the motherboard?

have you also tried to reset the bios to default settings?(or even update the bios)

sounds as if it could be voltage related if both sticks work on their own but fail together..

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 01:32 AM

Awesome link -- with that Diagnostic Technique, I should be able to pinpoint exactly what hardware is in error. Great link dude. Thanx much! You are a real problem solver!!

Jhayz,
Didn't think of that. Good idea.

No, I haven't done any OVERCLOCKING, as this can, in some cases, lead to a fried mobo. This is why I tend to shy away from this technique, though it has been tempting to be able to enhance my computer's performance, I have to admit. I heard that with overclocking, you can turn a 700 MHz computer into a 1.2 Gig equivolent in capability computer!

I don't have a CMOS battery, so the BIOS is automatically on the default settings.

I haven't "updated" the BIOS, but I have thought about getting a newer one. But I don't really see the point since, it wouldn't really do much and my BIOS already works. Besides, a failed attempt with a BIOS installation could potentially cause my system to crash -- or worse; if it did not go well!!!! :blink:

And as far as the Voltage, you could be right: both the ram sticks are not the same brand. However, when I wrote down ALL of the numbers on them, I noticed that they were both 94v-0, if that means anything [Voltage]?

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