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I think my RAM is causing some freezing..

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Getting these periodic computer freezes that last about 10 seconds to a minute. My mouse can still move around, but all my programs go into a Not Responding state, including Windows Explorer.

While I was installing my new motherboard, I got a red LED for my RAM a bunch of times, which eventually turned off after reseating the RAM a bunch of times. Now I get freezing from a clean install of Windows.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231468



Background goes white, taskbar disappears, etc.

Possibly related note, I've noticed that the glue from the casing around the RAM is starting to become undone on the sides, don't know if that really matters too much.
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Test your RAM using MemTest x86 for around 3-4 hours to see if the RAM is functioning correctly.
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Originally Posted by BradleyW View Post

Test your RAM using MemTest x86 for around 3-4 hours to see if the RAM is functioning correctly.

Passed 2 times. So it isn't RAM? Clean install of Windows should fix the spikes?
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Possibly related note, I've noticed that the glue from the casing around the RAM is starting to become undone on the sides, don't know if that really matters too much.
Is the casing heatsinks? Because if a heatsink flops around or falls off, it can cause a motherboard-destroying short circuit. Pinch the heatsinks together to tighten them. That could be a permanent fix if that heatsink wasn't pressed on hard enough at the factory, but otherwise I wouldn't have much hope because I remember heatsinks on some chips in a laptop falling off again, soon after I pressed them back on. OTOH if you decide to remove the heatsink, don't pull hard on it because that can rip RAM chips off the circuit board and ruin it. Instead carefully cut through the sticky stuff with a razor while warming the heatsink with a hair dryer. DDR3 RAM modules don't need or benefit from heatsinks, period. However removing the heatsink will probably void your warranty.

It's ironic that a heatsink caused a heat problem that would not have occurred if there had been no heatsink at all.
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Not sure if it is purely coincidental, but a fresh install of Windows fixed the problem and all was well through reinstalling all my software, but the second I updated my drivers with Driver Pack Solution 14, the issue began again.
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