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could a faulty dvd drive cause windows to crash/restart? i thought it was maybe my ram, but when i load memtest, sometimes i get no errors, and sometimes i get a ton of errors. which makes me believe my drive is reading the disc wrong sometimes. i tried to burn a cd with the windows program and it crashed my comp almost instantly

i'm really hoping it's not my mobo. i put in old ram and could install windows just fine, but it still crashes from time to time
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Memtest isn't for testing your cd/dvd-rom it's specifically made for testing your memory. And if you're getting errors than their obviously is somethings wrong the memory. Have you tried reseting your memories timings to defualt? I know that dvd/cd-roms can sometimes be a problem if everything else isn't configured properly.
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i know memtest isn't for testing drives. i started getting random crashes, and the windows site(error reporting) said it was a driver issue. it finally got so bad that i tried to reinstall xp because my files were corrupted. i had no success, getting install errors(at different points in the process). then i used memtest to check my ram. one stick was bad, and the other worked fine. i then rebooted and ran memtest again on the "good" stick, only to get errors instantly. that's why i'm thinking my cd drive is messed up and loaded memtest wrong or i have a motherboard issue. i just haven't heard of cd drives causing crashes, which is why i'm posting.
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Hmm well I'm not saying this could resolve it but what memory slots are you running your sticks off on. Because I had a few mobos where a I ran them off the wrong channels and had very relative problems.

Sorry for assuming the thing about memtest I kinda misread it obviously.
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Sorry for assuming the thing about memtest I kinda misread it obviously.
no worries, sometimes i'm not very clear in what i'm trying to say(i can't type and am impatient) i try different dimm slots, and it's still hit or miss with memtest. sometimes all is well and sometimes i get like 200 errors. could the heat be a factor? i have no a/c and the temps are 29-30C ambient. i have good airflow...i guess i'll try clocking it down using a lower v core...


(now that is really weird. i just restarted it, and when the desktop showed up, it said "windows recovered from a serious error" which is what it said when it crashes. it didn't crash--i restarted it...
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(now that is really weird. i just restarted it, and when the desktop showed up, it said "windows recovered from a serious error" which is what it said when it crashes. it didn't crash--i restarted it...

Thats normal if you're having any trouble with hardware or improper bios settings. I get that every once and a while. I suppose you can try messing with the timings and what not. It might help you find a stable timing. If not just RMA them. 200 errors seems a little overboard. I'm already sure you've gone through the process and setting all your memories settings to auto? You tried stock timings right?


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no worries, sometimes i'm not very clear in what i'm trying to say(i can't type and am impatient) i try different dimm slots, and it's still hit or miss with memtest. sometimes all is well and sometimes i get like 200 errors. could the heat be a factor? i have no a/c and the temps are 29-30C ambient. i have good airflow...i guess i'll try clocking it down using a lower v core...
Can't be a heat issue with an ambient temp such as that. Unless the voltage is high right.
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all my timings are auto. not very good with the memory yet. i haven't had a crash in a week, then just now it restarted itself. strange thing is, this time there was NO windows error message. i have no clue what is going on. only thing running was my torrent client
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