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#1 indarkflames

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 03:59 PM

So, I own an Alienware Area-51 7500. Since the first time I got the computer, I always had my share of BSOD and random freezes. Even though I would try to resolve the problems with them, I would only get adviced to do a clean Windows Installation, which was the case the second day I got the computer. Since then, the freezes and BSODs have been up and down but lately it had been increasing. There were even instances of failed XP boots, resulting in me doing several Dskchk /r to solve the issues. Well, after going through all this, I decided to take one of my 1 gig ram sticks out, and the problem has significantly decreased. I have yet to have a failing XP boot, and the amount of freezing has nearly vanished. But in the rare instances when it does crash, it actually shows a BSOD that I didn't see before, which states;
DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL 0X00000D1 (0X06A80018, 0X00000002, 0X00000001, 0X7C911713). The earlier BSOD's were 'Kernel' related and this one is not. I really would like to know what is wrong with this computer, and I am aware that I am not giving all that much information, and for that excuse me. I mainly would like to know if the ram stick I took out was indeed truly faulty, if not, I would definitely like to go back to having 2 gigs of ram.

Thank you for your time and your help :thumbsup:

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 12:44 AM

This sounds to me like a faulty motherboard. Possibly a drive controller. How long have you had this 'puter? Is it under warranty?

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 01:01 AM

Do you have the BIOS virus protection turned on? If you do, turn it off, and run your memory tests. the only acceptable result is zero errors. Use MEMTEST 86.
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Posted 24 June 2007 - 01:57 AM

Alright, I will run Memtest and report back to results. Thanks.
And The computer still should be under warranty.

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 07:33 AM

You can download a free diagnostic utility from the manufacturer of your hard drive and run that test also.
You can download a free copy of SiSoft Sandra Lite ( http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/index.html?dir...n=sware_dl_3264 ) and run it to check for mobo issues.

After that, it'll be a matter of trying various things until we locate what's causing the issues.
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Posted 24 June 2007 - 01:34 PM

well, I just ran Sandra Lite and when I checked for my motherboard, it said that Memory bus speed exceeds chipset rated speed. I am not overclocking the system, it is how it came to me. Could this be related to my problems? What can I do about it?
I am in the process of doing a Memcheck, I will write back with more updates.

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 03:46 PM

Try reseting the BIOS to default settings. Worth a try
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Posted 24 June 2007 - 07:45 PM

The Memtest, hard drive test, and the SiSoft Sandra give a pretty good picture of the hardware health of your system. I wouldn't worry about the memory bus speed overmuch, but resetting your BIOS is worth a shot to ensure that your system is running stably.
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Posted 25 June 2007 - 07:04 PM

So, I ran Memtest on both of the ram sticks.
I ran the test for 4 and a half hours on the one that I have been using, and it passed 18 times, and failed none. Then I ran the test for a little over 6 hours on the one I assumed was faulty, and it passed 24 tests, and failed none also. So, this makes me think that maybe the problem, all along, was the specific memory slot one of my ram sticks was in. Is this a legit assumption?

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 05:37 AM

To be thorough, you should run the Memtest on a stick that's in the slot that you suspect to be bad. The software tests the responses of the RAM to the different tests - if there's something in the slot/wiring that interferes with the test it'll give similar results as if it were a bad stick.

Looks like your RAM is good in the slots that you've tested it in, finding out where the issue resides in the motherboard is crucial if you're going to retain the motherboard instead of buying a new one.
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