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Old 08-11-2007, 07:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I built my dad a computer a while ago and when I set it up and everything it was fine. Later he started telling me that he kept getting error messages and that I had to fix it. This isn't my first time building a computer either. I checked to make sure the RAM was correctly inserted, and I made sure that the RAM I got is compatible with all the other hardware, so I know that is not the problem. I am not sure if it is something he installed or what, but this is the error message:

The instruction at "0x07afacc" referenced memory at "0x00000014". The memory could not be "read".

Something is wrong with the memory but I can't figure it out. All the programs he runs when I look into the task manager to see the mem usage, they aren't at crazy amounts or anything. There are sometimes error messages about virtual memory, so I tried to mess around with the pagefile, but had no luck. If anyone could help me out here I would truly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance.


One more thing I want to add is the error messages I got were from Photoshop.exe and mmc.exe. I don't know if there are others but this is what my dad showed me.

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Have you tried running MemTest86 to make sure the RAM is good? That is doesnt have any erros itself?

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Could be a defective RAM. Run Memtest86.
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K I will try that and then post back,
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First of all sorry that this took so long, but I had other things to worry about at the time. I ran MemTest86 and these are the results, please help me understand what they mean and how to solve this problem, because I read if there is just one problem then the memory is bad.

I left this running oveer night and it did 27 passes. I didn't get an error until pass 21 on test 5. Failing Address: 00017180040 - 369.0MB Good: 00000410 Bad: 00000400 Err-Bits: 00000010 Count: 1. That is all the information it gave me on the error. Please help me figure out what to do.

EDIT: I kept it still running and I got the same error except it was on pass 29 but it was still test 5. Please help me.
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try setting your bios to the defaults and run memtests again
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My guess is that your RAM module is broken. You'll have to buy a new one.
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Would I be able to exchange it for a new one? Because this computer is brand new. I bought the RAM off newegg.
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Would I be able to exchange it for a new one? Because this computer is brand new. I bought the RAM off newegg.
You should be able to exchange it. Just email Newegg.

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just rma it and say that it malfunctioned and they'll ship one out and you'll get the computer working in less then a week and a half.

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