Posted 16 November 2006 - 08:44 PM
Try the reset first. Flashing the BIOS is a last resort because it's so easy to mess up the system.
Electricity travels at the speed of light - and only a little is needed to heat up a hair thin trace and make it break a connection. Then, when the current goes off (because of the break), the hair thin trace will cool down and make contact - then the cycle starts all over again! But that's pretty hard to diagnose using the tools that we have!
The memtest program travels the same path that other programs use. So it's not just the memory that's involved in the test (although the memory tester folks have done a lot of work to ensure that this doesn't happen). Say, for example, there was a speck of dirt on one of the memory contacts that partly prevented that contact from connecting - wouldn't that mimic a memory error?
What I'm saying is that the memory test is the best test that we've got for evaluating your memory - but there is a possibility (a very small one) that it may be something else. But, it's sure enough that replacing RAM for errors that are found is the most reasonable course to take.
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