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post #1 of 9
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Hi there,

I just built my first computer and I'm encountering a lot of blue screens, mainly from alt-tabbing from a fullscreen game. I'm not sure what to do as I'm not super knowledgeable with tech, but here are my specs (as seen in my sig below):

i5 2500k with Hyper 212 EVO cpu cooler
2x Sapphire Toxic 6950 Crossfire (both unlocked to 6970).
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
Corsair Force 3 Series 120GB SSD
Samsung 1TB 7200 RPM HDD

I don't think the issue lies with the graphics cards because the drivers are up to date, and I dont think it's my SSD either (although I haven't flashed the firmware I am stable- so its recommended not to flash it) because this only happens when I alt-tab. I believe it to be something with my RAM modules.

Have any of you guys dealt with something like this before? Please help!
post #2 of 9
Have you ran memtest86 to test your RAM?
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Have you ran memtest86 to test your RAM?

Have not, don't have any cd's to burn it to frown.gif If I do get some, what would I need to do during it? What would it tell me?
post #4 of 9
Sorry, I should have been more descriptive.

You can make the program boot from a USB flash drive. First of all you want to make a bootable flash drive (website has the download ).

Then you want to make sure you only have one stick of RAM in at a time when testing. Boot into memtest and start testing, letting it go to atleast finishing test #8.

And errors will be in red as such:

333

If you get errors it probably means the RAM is faulty.

Just ask if you need any more help, I know im not the best at explaining things.
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Sorry, I should have been more descriptive.
You can make the program boot from a USB flash drive. First of all you want to make a bootable flash drive (website has the download ).
Then you want to make sure you only have one stick of RAM in at a time when testing. Boot into memtest and start testing, letting it go to atleast finishing test #8.
And errors will be in red as such:
333
If you get errors it probably means the RAM is faulty.
Just ask if you need any more help, I know im not the best at explaining things.

No way that was very insightful! Lol I don't have a flash drive either I'm terrible. I should really get one. So only have one stick at a time in and test each one individually, got it.

Is it ok if I have a few errors, or does at least 1 error mean that I probably should RMA them?

It might also be that I don't have the RAM in all the way, but wouldn't it just not work completely then? Windows detects 8GB, and it only happens if I alt tab constantly out of games.
post #6 of 9
Always make sure its plugged in all the way, RAM is pretty easy to get right though.
As for errors there is a margin for error, but any error is generally a bad thing.
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No way that was very insightful! Lol I don't have a flash drive either I'm terrible. I should really get one. So only have one stick at a time in and test each one individually, got it.
Is it ok if I have a few errors, or does at least 1 error mean that I probably should RMA them?
It might also be that I don't have the RAM in all the way, but wouldn't it just not work completely then? Windows detects 8GB, and it only happens if I alt tab constantly out of games.

If you get even one error on any of those sticks it's RMA time. RAM should be faultless.
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post #8 of 9
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Sorry for the wait guys. I just did it now and here's the results at the enc of each tests (I did each RAM individually):

359

359

It's good that I don't have any errors, but but I'm back to the drawing board then? What could be wrong?


Next time I experience a blue screen I'll post a pic here.

Also, this is sorta a side question but a lot of people on newegg reviews said that these RAM are great because they are xmp compatible... would that help if I switched the modules to that mode? Because I don't think I'm using them at 1600 at the moment.

What do you think is causing this then?
post #9 of 9
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OK GUYS I KNOW THE PROBLEM!!

I should've known it was this. I was forcing 16x AA, 16x Anisotropic Filtering, and High Textruing Filtering Quality through 3d Application Settings in my Catalyst Control Center. When I turned it off I can alt-tab all I want and it doesn't crash.

SWOTR doesn't support anti aliasing and I wanted to have better graphics, so I forced it through there. Why it crashes when I alt-tab through that, I'm not sure.

Another thing I forgot about is when I try to change anti aliasing in BF3 with it being forced through CCC it also crashes, but that I knew.

So is this to be expected? Is it normal to crash like that if I'm forcing it through CCC?
Edited by apav - 12/25/11 at 11:47am
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