Blue Screens, bad ram? help???

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by huludicidal, Mar 1, 2008.

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    huludicidal Guest

    i'm running 64 bit vista ultimate, intel quad core q6600 cpu, gigabyte
    ga-p35-ds3l motherboard, 700w psu, 512mb 8800gt, and 2x1g of crucial
    ballistix ddr2-1066 (pc2-8500) ram... i just built this thing and have been
    getting nonstop bluescreens. i bumped up the voltage to my ram to 2.2 volts
    and it helped things for awhile but am getting constant blue screens again.
    the results from the memory diagnostics tool report that i have errors with
    my ram. i even had to switch around the sticks and reset the bios a couple
    times to get windows to even start loading. is there anything i can do
    before i ship off my ram to get it replaced? or is it possible something
    else is creating the problem? thanks.
     
    huludicidal, Mar 1, 2008
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    Bob Harris Guest

    There are some RAM testers that can run form a floppy or a bootable CD.
    They would bypass Windows and be a true test of the RAM hardware. For
    example, see the Ultimate Boot CD, free at: http://ubcd.sourceforge.net/

    Have you tried booting with only one stick of RAM.

    Finally, have you thought about trying the BIOS default settings for RAM?
    Those are usually safe. If that also fails, try under-clocking the RAM,
    that is making run slower.

    I found this in Wikipedika:
    "According to JEDEC[1] the maximum recommended voltage is 1.9 volts and
    should be considered the absolute maximum when memory stability is an issue
    (such as in servers or other mission critical devices). In addition, JEDEC
    states that memory modules must withstand up to 2.3 volts before incurring
    permanent damage (although they may not actually function correctly at that
    level)."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR2_SDRAM
     
    Bob Harris, Mar 1, 2008
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  3. Does it do the same thing in Safe Mode? The majority of BSODs are due to
    drivers. Remove all but the most essential usb devices. Remove one stick
    of ram at a time. See what happens.
     
    Colin Barnhorst, Mar 1, 2008
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