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Hey guys,
My computer is doing some strange things. I have an AMD A4-3300 CPU with the 6410 ATI graphics installed. I also have G Skills RIPJaws 4gb memory stick in. I have an upgrade Zalman cooler for the CPU. Every now and then, very randomly my monitor freezes and I can't do anything. And there are these green/orange blocks on it and it looks like when you get a wrong channel on a tv sometimes. I was thinking it was my video card and I thought the video drivers fixed it. Then it did it again. Then someone said it might be my memory and I switched the slots and it was fine for a while and then it did it again tonight. I tried overclocking my memory to see if it was a speed problem and I think it is. It wouldn't let me switch my RipJaws up to the next speed even though these can handle the max speed. Do you think it's just a bad stick? It worked fine for most of this year? Can I lower the speed at all because I think it just has speed problems. Anyone else got any ideas? It's very annoying to be doing something and then it just happens. Got to end this post before it's too late. PLEASE HELP
post #2 of 10
Go into Bios and set your stock ram speed and timings manually. Now test them, one at a time, with Memtest86+.
 
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BitoHeaven
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Cigar ATX PC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel i7 4770k @ 4.5GHz Asus Maximus VI Gene Gigabyte R9 290 @ 1160MHz/1350MHz Gigabyte R9 290 @ 1160MHz/1350MHz 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G.Skill Trident X 2X8GB DDR3 2400MHz Samsung 840 PRO 256GB  Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB SATA III 6Gb/s 64... Pioneer Blu-ray Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Liquid Single Loop Triple Radiators Win 7 SP1 Professional x64bit  Samsung SynchMaster 24" Widescreen 1200p TFT-LC... Logitech G15 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1300w 80+ Gold Fully Modular  Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Microsoft Sidewinder X5 Allsop Redmond Mouse Pad 
Audio
Cambridge Soundworks 5.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K @ 4.6GHz ASRock Z77E-ITX mITX  Sapphire HD 7990 @ 1090MHz/1600MHz G.SKILL Ripjaws 2X4GB DDR3-1600 @ 1866MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial SSD 128GB mSATA SATA III 6GB  Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA II 32MB 7200RPM LG DVD R/W SATA with LightScribe Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100 
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Win 7 Professional x64bit Samsung 52" 1080p 60Hz LCD Logitech Wireless K330 Corsair AX850 Gold Fully Modular 
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AMD Athlon II X4 640 ASRock N68C-GS NVIDIA 6600GT G. Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600MHz 
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post #3 of 10
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I already did that. Memtest and Windows Mem test show no errors....
post #4 of 10
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Well I didn't try Memtest, but I tried messing around with the timings, voltage, freq already and it did nothing. The auto keeps it the most stable which is 1333 mhz and 150v or whatever. OC just freezes it faster and underclock makes it not fast enough to startup.
post #5 of 10
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Well this thing is so annoying. The new RAM works in the slot that the other ram wouldn't work at all. When I tried my RAM and the new one it wouldn't turn on, but they are two very different kinds so that might be why. But, my NB temps still go up to 90c at times. The good thing though is that the NB temps don't stay at that temp. Once they get a lot of stuff to do, like I just opened a new browser page and am watching a youtube video on the other. I am fairly certain, like 75 percent now that it is a faulty RAM stick. I think the NB got so hot because it had to do all the work of fetching the memory that the RAM stick couldn't. Now it still gets hot, but the memory does the rest of the work so it can cool down quick enough not to freeze. Any others chime in when you feel like it!
post #6 of 10
Manually set the correct settings for your ram in the bios.

Then test one stick at a time using memtest86.

Auto settings could be going whacko and setting to something your ram can not run well on.

Need to stop the motherboard doing whatever it wants and get the ram tested to be sure which is the issue.

Also possibly you have some auto setting that is overvolting your NB causing it to heat up.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by amd-m2n View Post

Manually set the correct settings for your ram in the bios.
Then test one stick at a time using memtest86.
Auto settings could be going whacko and setting to something your ram can not run well on.
Need to stop the motherboard doing whatever it wants and get the ram tested to be sure which is the issue.
Also possibly you have some auto setting that is overvolting your NB causing it to heat up.

Well, I am sending back this RAM stick because I know it's faulty. The other RAM stick I used from my other desktop works perfectly. It still raises the NB temp up when it's working, but it goes right back down after that. I just think the RAM stick is faulty. I tried changing the voltage/timings/frequency using my own settings PLUS the auto settings PLUS the DRM profiles inside BIOS. The only ones that would actually somewhat work were the auto settings at the stock 1.5v and 1333 Mhz. But I just think that it was faulty and the information sent to it was being straight forwarded to the Northbridge on my MB. I got new memory on the way. But I checked the Northbridge and CPU voltage and they seem normal in BIOS, I just kept them on the auto settings. But, I found this site on how to overclock my CPU. Which I wanted to do since I got an aftermarket cooler for it and my Northbridge. Now that my RAM will work I think this might be good. Here is the site:

http://91.121.148.119/downloads/PDF/AMD_A55_OC_Guide.pdf

If you look at the start of Page 4, it says Max CPU/Ram/Bclock frequency Mix. So that is what I'm going to set my Baseclock, RAM timings, etc. Thanks!
post #8 of 10
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Also, I have the second latest BIOS Flash for my board. It's a Gigabyte GA-A75m-D2h motherboard. It's the F5 version. Do you think I should get the F6 version that is still in Beta or stick with the most stable one?

http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3930&dl=1#bios

There is the site for the BIOS versions.
post #9 of 10
Random but if you have one RAM stick, get two or you are bottlenecking yourself with single channel.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post

Random but if you have one RAM stick, get two or you are bottlenecking yourself with single channel.

Yes, I already knew this, but the gains are about 5% change I've read so it's not a huge deal. I did get dual channel with my new set of 2 x 4gb sticks. I think the added memory plus operating in dual channel should definitely help keep my Northbridge temps down. Well anything is better than a half working RAM stick so I really don't care about speeds. But I got a good deal on 8gb for like the same price I paid for my 4gb a year ago.
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