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Old 12-04-2009, 03:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been getting crashes recently, and I wasn't sure why. So I checked my Hard drive with a seagate tool and it came out good. I ran memtest86, and it froze during the test. It was my 1st time using memtest, and I hope someone could help me out, in translating what memtest is saying before it crashes.

It freezes during test 2, and it shows the following on the left side:

Bits in error_total: 32. Min:1. Max:32. Avg: 16
Max Contiguous Errors: 2

I'm currently using Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800 4-4-4-12 2x1GB stix.


Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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bad ram. Try one stick at a time to see which one it is. Could also be a bad slot so try them in different slots as well.
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Doesn't surprise me, I have had nothing but bad luck from using that line of ram...
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The RAM was awesome for overclocking; but doesn't seem to last long......... this is my 2nd 2x1 stix of these. It seems they only last a year, LOL.

Anyways, I've been really busy; but I'm gonna test each stick individually and find out which one is bad.
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Oh yea, beautiful overclockers, but, they appear to get a bit to hot for there own good... I think that's the reason all mine went out except this last one, ended up putting a 120mm fan above the stick and that has helped it cool down, and still going...
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I finally got around to testing each stix individually, and I found the bad one............. now I have 3 1gb stix to RMA to Crucial........... sad.
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When you get the new sticks in, it would be a good investment to put a 120mm fan above them if at all possible.
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Or something like this:
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMXAF1 Fans - Memory & Chipset Cooling
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I'm actually selling my current rig to a friend. I didn't want to sell him a rig that has problems, and I noticed my computer would crash every now and then; and most likely was the RAM. Thx to memtest86 and Hefe's suggestion of testing each stix individually, I know for certain it's just the RAM.

Since we are on the topic of RAM anyways, for DDR3-1600:

Corsair Dominator GT 2x2GB 7-7-7-20 or

G.Skill RipJaws 2x2GB 7-7-7-24?

Are the Dominators worth the extra $50 CAD???
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Nope the ripjaws will be great.
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