Reading memtest86 results


I built a computer about 1 year and a half ago and started encountering serious problems recently. My browser keeps crashing in different ways (oh no jim hes dead on chrome, chrome crash, flash shockwave crash) as well as other applications. The biggest problem however, are the bluescreens that I get 2-3 times per hour (page_fault_in_nonpaged_area, and memory_management problem). Now I'm positive this is a memory problem, so I ran Memtest86, but unfortunately i'm not sure how to read the results. I was hoping someone could help me.

Ultimately, I'm hoping only one of my 2 4gb ram sticks is faulty, because I don't mind only having 4gb of memory.

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    See where is says "3 errors"? That means that the memory is defective. For best results, you should run memtest with just 1 stick of memory in at a time (in the 1st slot). That way you can tell which are bad and which are OK.
    You should have 0 errors after at least 1 full pass on each stick.
  2. Run it again with a single stick, checking each one at a time. It is likely to be just one bad stick, but often the RMA requires that you send both in for exchange.
  3. Thank you guys, I ran the test for both sticks and the first one looked like the initial pic that I posted, while the second one was completely clean.

    I will run my computer with the 2nd ram stick only, thank you again.
  4. RMA that second stick -- all the memory that I've ever used had a lifetime guaranty and I've never had any issues with getting replacements. You will run better with two sticks in dual channel on that CPU.
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