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I have been having problems recently with my sig rig (details below). Here is what happened:

 

  • Started off with random BSODs, so I dialed back to stock - BSODs continued.
  • SE'd my SSD and clean install of Win7 64bit - More BSODs, memory and storage related
  • Swapped SATA cable, SE'd and re-install
  • Ran Memtest 86 - 5 passes no errors
  • BSODs continue - memory and storage related
  • Uninstalled Firefox (most BSODs when Firefox was running) - BSODs stopped
  • Did a little dance and thought problem solved.

 

Running BOINC a few days later and noticed that my machine was less responsive than normal, checked system properties and got the whole 4GB (2GB Usable) thing on my Ram (note: definitely Win7 64bit)

Resarted - back to 4GB

 

  • Turn on my computer next day - 2GB ram showing in BIOS
  • No amount of restarts or BIOS tweaks do anything, re-seated my CPU and ram - back to 4GB
  • Ran Memtest - 5 passes no errors
  • Ran BOINC for 12 hours - no problems

 

Next day same thing except now I get a BSOD within 2 mins of boot.

Power down and restart (reset doesn't work) a few times and everything works.

 

When it decides to work it runs BOINC for 12 hours with no problems, OCCT 6 hour stable.

 

Thoughts:

  1. Faulty ram stick - going to buy some new Ram and see if that fixes things
  2. Faulty mobo (I hope not) - if the ram doesn't fix anything I will get a new mobo, probably second hand from OCN
  3. Faulty CPU (I really hope not) - If the new ram and mobo still have the same issues I will junk / sell the lot and go 1155

 

 

If anyone has any ideas on the matter please share them, I am getting really annoyed with it not working. So much so that I'm even considering just going 1155 now, but I really want this to live on as a folding machine when I upgrade.


Edited by GingerJohn - 2/14/12 at 11:06am
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Try testing by swapping out one at a time and see which one (or more than one) is faulty. wink.gif

 

Btw, before doing the swap out, I would suggest you to load optimized factory default settings in the BIOS and see if problems go away. biggrin.gif

     
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Try testing by swapping out one at a time and see which one (or more than one) is faulty. wink.gif

Did that when the problem first came up, BSODs with both sticks in both channels.
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Originally Posted by ocman View Post

Btw, before doing the swap out, I would suggest you to load optimized factory default settings in the BIOS and see if problems go away. biggrin.gif

Done. Also manually set the stock timings in case the BIOS was auto adjusting them to incorrect values. No change.

Bought the Ripjaw X's that you reccomended, I'll see how they go. If they don't solve the problem then they will go in my next build which might not be too far away, so no loss.
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Double post goodness!

New RAM in, running BOINC, Winamp and Chrome at the moment, no problems so far. Fingers crossed.

If it survives a couple of days then I will start to OC again and see what I can get.

I have to say that this G.Skill RAM is completely painless compared to my Corsair RAM; it ran at it's rated speed straight away with no issues. The Corsair RAM needed a fair bit of tweaking to run at it's rated speed and I mostly ended up running it at 1333MHz CAS 9. I should probably have RMA'd it a while ago.
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Hey GingerJohn, use Memtest to test errors for the RAMs. wink.gif

 

My OCZ Platinum is kinda pain in the rear too... Kingston HyperX is pretty awesome! specool.gif

 

Glad things are working for you! thumb.gif

Keep me posted GingerJohn my fellow Canadian! Cheers! cheers.gif

 

P.S.: I like the friend feature from the old OCN more than the following feature from the new OCN.

     
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Hey GingerJohn, use Memtest to test errors for the RAMs. wink.gif

Yeah, I was doing that before and it was passing with no problems when it recognised the RAM. The problem was it didn't always pick it up at boot, and often if it did then Windows would only see 2GB as usable. That made me think of something akin to a loose connection on either the sticks or the slot; either physical like a severed trace or electronic like a failing controller. Sometimes it would be "connected" and everything would run fine, sometimes it would be "loose" and wouldn't run when booted and sometimes it would come "loose" during opperation causing a crash. Not sure if this is feasible but it kind of makes sense in my head.

Like I said I will put it through it's paces and see what happens. I kind of like having 8GB of RAM anyway, adds at least 1/2" to my e-peen, so I will probably stick with this new RAM and buy some more for my next build.
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Yeah, I was doing that before and it was passing with no problems when it recognised the RAM. The problem was it didn't always pick it up at boot, and often if it did then Windows would only see 2GB as usable. That made me think of something akin to a loose connection on either the sticks or the slot; either physical like a severed trace or electronic like a failing controller. Sometimes it would be "connected" and everything would run fine, sometimes it would be "loose" and wouldn't run when booted and sometimes it would come "loose" during opperation causing a crash. Not sure if this is feasible but it kind of makes sense in my head.


 

Have you configured to enabled remap memory allocation in the BIOS for 64bit? Also, are you using 64bit Windows? Those would help! wink.gif

 

If it's really the mobo's problem, you should get RMA fast before the warranty runs out. biggrin.gif

     
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