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    Question Ram Testing

    Hey there...

    I am just trying to check my system to see what is wrong and im getting some trouble with ram tests.
    My computer is continually crashing to desktop or freezing up graphically or blue screening. If anyone could suggest anything to help this please do. I am really tired of this and PB TECH can't find anything wrong

    I tried to create an ISO file for Memtest86 and 86+
    When i rebooted the system it spent around 2 minutes saying:

    Booting CD/DVD Drive : _ (that was blinking)

    Then it just went normaly to Windows XP

    If i am doing anything wrong, or you could suggest anything it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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    Default Re: Ram Testing

    Did you download the ISO file from here then use the ISO burning software in your burner ? You cant simply burn the ISO image as you would normal data.

    If you dont have a image burner try Image Burn - because of the _ flashing, sounds like the drives not reading the CD correctly - to test this - try booting from another bootable CD - your XP will do fine, just press any key when asked.

  3. #3

    Default Re: Ram Testing

    Hey there...

    thanks for that.. i finally ran memtest86+

    it came out with several errors

    the status bar thing read:

    WallTime 1hr
    Cached 2047M
    RsvdMem 84M
    MemMap e820-std
    Cache On
    ECC Off
    Test Std
    Pass 2
    Errors 1224
    ECC Errors 0

    IF any of you could give me advice on what to do now, or if i should use another program, please help thanks
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    Default Re: Ram Testing

    Were the errors in the bottom section in red?

    If so the rams faulty or not seated correctly, remove / replace it and rerun.

    If you have multi sticks of RAM remove them all and rerun 1 at a time, it only takes 1 stick to cause problems.

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    Default Re: Ram Testing

    They were all pretty much red...
    Ive only got one stick of 2GB ram so should i try fit it again or something???
    New Gamer.... December 10th

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    Default Re: Ram Testing

    So i was wondering, what the hell should i do with this obviously faulty ram??
    Please someone help

    Also, speedy if you are out there would it be possible for you to check this hijackthis log??

    Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
    Scan saved at 8:31:42 p.m., on 4/09/2008
    Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)
    Boot mode: Normal

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    C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
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    C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
    C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
    C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Multimedia Card Reader\shwicon2k.exe
    C:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashDisp.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
    C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\RTHDCPL.EXE
    C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
    C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNo tifier.exe
    C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe
    C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
    C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\PnkBstrA.exe
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WLLoginProxy.exe
    C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\usnsvc.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
    C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe
    C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe
    C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
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    O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
    O2 - BHO: WormRadar.com IESiteBlocker.NavFilter - {3CA2F312-6F6E-4B53-A66E-4E65E497C8C0} - (no file)
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {7E853D72-626A-48EC-A868-BA8D5E23E045} - (no file)
    O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
    O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
    O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO - {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D} - C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\3.0.1225.9868\s wg.dll
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    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
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    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AppleSyncNotifier] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleSyncNotifier.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [avast!] C:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashDisp.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RTHDCPL] RTHDCPL.EXE
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    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MsnMsgr] "C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe" /background
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    O23 - Service: avast! Antivirus - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
    O23 - Service: avast! Mail Scanner - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exe
    O23 - Service: avast! Web Scanner - ALWIL Software - C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exe
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    O23 - Service: Google Updater Service (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
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    --
    End of file - 7302 bytes
    New Gamer.... December 10th

    Dual Core 3.16GHz
    8GB Ram
    ASUS GTX 2260 Extreme 896MB
    500GB HardDrive
    Vista Home Premium...

    I Can't Wait

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    Default Re: Ram Testing

    Since its only one single stick take it out, blow out any dust in the RAM slot, refit it and rerun the test, if at any point you start getting Red errors again, stop the test as its faulty - you'll need some new RAM - it does fail from time to time, no matter how old.

    Since Speedy is currently not here - the hijackthis - is looking clean,

    you can remove these though

    O2 - BHO: WormRadar.com IESiteBlocker.NavFilter - {3CA2F312-6F6E-4B53-A66E-4E65E497C8C0} - (no file)

    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {7E853D72-626A-48EC-A868-BA8D5E23E045} - (no file)

    Theres a few things that can be taken out of the startup that are not required to run, but nothing dangerous.

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    Default Re: Ram Testing

    thanks so much... i will try that... im just gonna run Windows Mem Diag to just check... Thanks
    New Gamer.... December 10th

    Dual Core 3.16GHz
    8GB Ram
    ASUS GTX 2260 Extreme 896MB
    500GB HardDrive
    Vista Home Premium...

    I Can't Wait

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    Default Re: Ram Testing

    That Windows Mem Diag is Ok as well, sometimes memtest86 works better sometimes Not.

    Just to double check, if you have some more known good Memory that will fit in your Board, doesn't matter what size, install that and run the tests as well, just incase its an odd problem with the memory Slot on the board.
    Last edited by wainuitech; 04-09-2008 at 08:33 PM.

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