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Thread Starter 
First off, i've searched the forums, did some google-fu and went through some RMA's, OC.net, you're my only hope!

Sys as follows:
ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3
i5/2500k @4.4, but I reduced it to stock after this problem
Noctua DH-14
8GB G.Skill Ripjaws @ 1600Mhz stock
EVGA GTX 560ti Superclocked (factory)
Seasonic Gold 750W
3x200mm Coolermaster Fans
2x140mm Noctua Fans
1x 120mmm Coolermaster Fan
(HAF922)

I've been having that typical 'sys display freeze' issue. Everything is fine as far as the OS, no error messages, no high load just a simple freeze in any and all movement that is going on. On top of that, there are some strange things going on with how cursors and windows are being displayed. Cursors are yellow/pink and stereoscopic, sometimes windows as well. Here's a list of what I have done, in a timeline order

1. Rage the f$@# out
2. Calm down, drink a beer and take a shower
3. Rollback graphics driver
4. Rollback graphics driver further back
5. Check seating of graphics card
6. Physically inspect graphics card
7. Run memtest (tons of errors btw, RMAing it soon)
8. Run the DH-14's 140mm at the bottom intake of the case to cool the graphics card
9. RMA the graphics card.
10. Receive a new (refurb) graphics card (problem still persists)
11. Flip the f@#$ out again.
12. Wearily eye my motherboard.
13. Move graphics card to second PCIe port.
14. RMA RAM as soon as this is done.

So as you can see, short of RMAing the motherboard (PLOT TWIST: YOU CAN'T!!), i'm in a predicament. The sys idles at 30 flat, thats CPU, mobo, and GPU. Also, I should note that some of my USB ports are fishy. My wifi stick sometimes is undetected at sys startup (a quick pluck and reinsert fixes it), and sometimes my headset's (G35) LED goes SOS on me if it's plugged into some ports (keyboard does this too). Im willing to say it's the ASRock motherf*#$erboard. What say you OC gurus? sadsmiley.gif
post #2 of 4
Have you tried removing one stick of ram and see if the problem persists?
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Thanks for this!!

So I went out and did this. Coincidentally, it worked when I removed my ram from the 3rd slot (1-4 facing left to right). I questioned if I would be able to return to normal once I rearranged the order of the RAM.

Previous (bad) config:
4Gb, slot 3
4Gb, slot 4
New (good so far) config:
4Gb, slot 1
4Gb, slot 3

None of this makes any sense to me. With only one stick in the fourth slot, the problem went away. With a stick in both the first and third, the problem was fine as well. Anyone know why this would happen?
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Originally Posted by haloux View Post

Thanks for this!!

So I went out and did this. Coincidentally, it worked when I removed my ram from the 3rd slot (1-4 facing left to right). I questioned if I would be able to return to normal once I rearranged the order of the RAM.

Previous (bad) config:
4Gb, slot 3
4Gb, slot 4
New (good so far) config:
4Gb, slot 1
4Gb, slot 3

None of this makes any sense to me. With only one stick in the fourth slot, the problem went away. With a stick in both the first and third, the problem was fine as well. Anyone know why this would happen?

Your welcome, let's hope it works. But anyways, when your display freezes can you alt+tab? Or Ctrl+alt+del? Because if you have to hold the power button to turn it off then it is most likely the memory.

I would test one stick at a time, in each slot. If that stick works in each slot, then you know that stick is good and all of your memory slots are good. Then repeat for the next stick.
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