Originally Posted by Sugi
Is it really worth it for you to put Windows 7 on it? I mean, it's all fine and dandy to troubleshoot hardware/software to a stable point, but what did it cost you? How much? Time? How long? Is it really worth it in the end? In a work environment being down for so long is not acceptable by any means. Honestly, this holds true in your personal time as well. I know we have all faced times when troubleshooting just became too over cumbersome.
I agree. However, since this system was working before I moved and it had to go into storage (was it really the beginning of June?!) with Windows 7 installed, it offends me for it to suddenly not work.
I just tried a few things:
I put this Memtest Passed OK
RAM into my Surround rig. Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking - risking the working box is really stupid... well, with this supposedly "working" RAM in it, Surround rig won't even boot. Seriously, it wouldn't post. At all.
Spend an hour fighting through still sealed boxes to find a heatsink (I've gathered quite a collection over the years, and I was lucky in the search or I'm sure I'd still be there) that'll fit over the 'tall' RAM I have spare from my last bout of upgrade-fever. Result!
Windows 7 now installed. Not a BSOD in sight (stress tests will wait until tomorrow)... it's interesting that XP64 was OK with what is rapidly appearing to be 'bad' memory, though. Perhaps it's a little more forgiving than I thought? Need to take RAM back up to its rated 1600MHz (it's currently at 1333MHz, and no, that made no difference to other RAM) but other than that it's looking promising.
Dug out my old Foxconn BlackOps mobo and stuffed this new (suspect) DDR3 into it. The X48 chipset has to have one of the most forgiving memory controllers I've ever experienced in it... dig out spare SATA HDD to try installing Windows 7... *blam*... BSOD.
Now, I'll admit that Corsair Memory has to be one of the few products in the world (other than HP sauce
) that I exhibit anything approximating to brand-loyalty toward. I've used it for years, from SD-RAM to DDR3 and everything in between, and never had a problem. But I'm going to avoid Corsair Vengeance LP (Low Profile) like the plague now, because that's eight (count 'em!) sticks of the stuff that haven't worked. It even proudly proclaims Phenom II compatibility on the box!
I'll get in contact with the retailer tomorrow. Sadly, I have something else I need to order anyway (removal men cracked the cap of my bottle of TIM cleaner (don't know how) and it leaked. Fortunately, there weren't any books or electronics in that box, but some of my old t-shirts now smell of TIM solvent.
So I need a new bottle.
Thanks for listening and suggesting, guys. Rep all round.
Moral of story: Memtest Passed Doesn't Always Mean It's Alright.