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I have a MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard with 2x4GB of Gskill memory. Last night while watching a movie on my xbox over windows media center it suddenly lost connection. I got up to check my computer and I noticed that it BSOD with a "Memory Management". I was able to reboot the first couple of times because at first I wanted to check for malware or viruses. The check came out fine and my computer was going as normal until I woke up to another BSOD.

So this time I decided to do a system restore to see if that would be a quick fix, when the system restore went through whenever I start up windows it's just a black screen with cursor. I then tired doing a fresh install of windows and weirdly enough, my cd/dvd is having issues opening now (crazy eh...). I was finally able to get it open and insert the windows installation dvd but then as it was extracting the files it kept coming up with a corrupted error at 9%.

So with all of that I decided to do a memtest switching out my two modules and they both either made memtest BSOD or restart my computer. But I'm thinking to myself, if my cd/dvd couldn't even open itself, could that to be effected by whatever it is that's going on. At the moment I'm extremely confused so any direction would be helpful.

Thanks!
Edited by Doogiehouser - 3/30/12 at 5:44am
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I'm betting my money on the RAM. Had many Memory Management BSOD's myself. Ran Memtest a lot and didn't pick up any issues. Yet after I removed 8GB out of my 16GB. I've had zero issues since.
What error code are you getting? If your not sure, download Blue Screen View.
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I can't download blue screen view because I can't get into windows now. Just black screen with cursor or BSOD. All I know is that the original BSODs were "Memory Management" ones. I;ve tested both modules and both either make memtest BSOD or restart my computer. Anyone have any RMA experience with gskill? I've had them for over a year now, odd that they would both crap out at the same time.
Edited by Doogiehouser - 3/30/12 at 6:13am
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Boot to a Hirens disc and you can use bluescreenview from there. But when memtest causes the computer to reboot, thats RAM.
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Okay, well... where does the cd/dvd drive come into all of this? I'm just trying to pull all of the variables into context and make sense of all of it.
Edited by Doogiehouser - 3/30/12 at 7:31am
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When doing memtest, I occasionally also get, "Unexpected interrupt halting CPU0".
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Well anyways, I have the RMA confirmations set up for my motherboard and memory already. I have a local tech that has the equipment to determine what's actually faulty and he isn't going to charge me anything to do it. So I'm going to let him have my computer over the weekend and whatever comes out to be the culprit I'll send back. This is to save me from getting back my RAM 2-3 weeks from now and finding out it was actually my motherboard.
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Update:

So giving my computer to this local computer service place was quite disappointing. I gave it to them on Saturday and they looked at it like an exotic creature, but they still said they were up for it. I was told to pick it up on Monday, which I did, and they couldn't come to a conclusion on what was wrong with it. They offered no input and just replied to my own sayin, "Looks like you troubleshooted it well, I agree...". Since they couldn't give me a definitive answer if it was the mobo or memory, I have set up an RMA for both and shipping them both out. The way they acted I highly doubt they even touched my computer at all.
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