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I picked up 3x4GB kit of Vengeance memory a couple of weeks ago. Last night I got a 1A BSOD, MEMORY_MANAGEMENT. bluescreenview said it was caused by "hal.dll", but I couldn't find much information on that; mostly that it was something used by XP only.

I ran memtest, and on the second pass, this happened:


I started testing one stick at a time in bank A1, doing two full passes on each, with no errors. I'm currently running another run test with all three sticks back in, with the first and last stick swapped (I'm not sure if the addresses shown in the picture correlate in that "higher address = stick in later bank"). It's almost done with the third pass, no errors. Also, the windows memory diagnostic off of the boot CD didn't show any errors with all three sticks in.

What should I do? Swap the memory? Stay with it? More tests?

EDIT: Just finished the fourth pass with all three sticks, no errors.
Edited by EfemaN - 4/20/13 at 1:34pm
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Personally I would RMA/return them.

Are they in the QVL for your motherboard?
In which profile did you run them? Most RAM need to be manually set to their specified specs, otherwise they are jsut set to a standard profile automatically by your mobo. If they can't run specified specs I wouldn't hesitate to return them.
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Originally Posted by EduFurtado View Post

Personally I would RMA/return them.

Are they in the QVL for your motherboard?
In which profile did you run them? Most RAM need to be manually set to their specified specs, otherwise they are jsut set to a standard profile automatically by your mobo. If they can't run specified specs I wouldn't hesitate to return them.

They're not explicitly noted in the QVL, but it's a very... standard kit. 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24, 1.5V. I can't imagine it's incompatibility.

And I did set the voltage and timings manually after installing them.
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It's possible there was a dirty or tarnished contact on a DIMM or in a socket, but more likely a module is bad because that set of DIMMs has a cool name (never a good sign), and I really doubt it was made from 1600 MHz chips (IOW it's factory overclocked). Try repeatedly swapping modules around and testing to bring out errors because the timings are slightly different for each slot.

Also try Gold Memory, from www.goldmemory.cz, because it sometimes finds errors that MemTest86/86+ miss (and they sometimes find errors that Gold Memory misses).
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