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Old 01-04-2011, 03:09 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Just for fun, last night wanted to reboot at some point, and guess what? "shut down" was the only option available ("restart" and "log off" were inactive) o_O. It's getting weirder and weirder...
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:59 AM   #12 (permalink)
 
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How many RAM slots your mobo have? You probably have 4 so you can try to change slots. I would test each stick on one slot, if you get errors on one stick only then it's not a faulty slot. If both sticks have errors I would try them on a second slot and check if the errors still appear. If so you probably have bad RAM sticks again, if not you have a bad RAM slot.
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:27 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Well, just paid a visit to the store and dropped the comp at their door. As all my components were acquired from them (and they're all still under warranty until next month), let's see what they come up with. Frankly, I'm rather skeptical... Anyway, I will get back to you guys and confirm their findings. Thank you all for your time.
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:30 AM   #14 (permalink)
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@ farinha: I only have 2 slots for each of DDR2 and DDR3 memory (mobo is a GA EP43C-DS3). But, for the moment, I'll leave it to the "experts" at the store to bang their heads against it
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:51 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Back. Well, just got a call from the teckies from the store and, no surprise to me, there's nothing wrong with my comp o_O I have to go down there and check it now. Maybe because I only have less than 1 month left until the warranty period is over? I wonder...
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Hey guys. Reporting back now. In brief: the teckie from the store claimed that: ran HW Monitor (while FurMark was running in parallel) for 16 hrs and nothing went wrong; he showed a print screen to me. Ran in my presence a new Memtest (same ver. that I used in my tests) with the new RAM (Corsair DDR3@1333), which came out clean (very odd; I have had 2 errors found in test #7).

As for the old RAM (DDR2 A-Data@800 Mhz Gaming Series), he said that also came out error free in Memtest (I had neither the time nor the patience to attend the test for that one also). According to the teckie, I should've manually set the voltage in BIOS because it's a gaming series and runs at a different voltage (written indeed on the dimm) than the regular RAM @800 Mhz. Whateva. He couldn't answer my common sense question re: explanation of flawless functioning for 2 yrs. despite the lack of the allegedly proper manual BIOS voltage setup?

Odd thing is that he didn't mention any BIOS tweaks to me (other than for the voltage thing for Memtest purposes of DDR2). I am pretty sure that something has been done because afterwards: (a) I had no boot issues, and (b) Win 7 installation latency (see my first post above) seemed to be gone (YAY!).

BUT: Because my precious game Medal of Honor 2010 stopped working right afterwards, I had to re-install Windows [due to a stupid (and tricky) counter-cheat software called Punkbuster required by the game, which went rogue and screwed up the multiplayer (long story - and irrelevant - with this Pbuster thing)]. Failed installation 5 times in a raw due to a new (to me) error:0x80070570 (occurred during the Windows expansion files).

Further, Windows failed to start properly due to (firstly) failure to find Idontknowwhat device (could that be a controller issue? therefore (again) the mobo?) and subsequently failed to find critical system drivers. Bottom line, I'm currently unable to make Windows start. I feel defeated.
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