Instability Problem, probably due to memory or storage

Computer specs:

(LGA 771 to 775 modded) Xeon E5450 at stock settings (333MHz x6.00-x9.00)
2 Mushkin 991558 2GB RAM, for which HWiNFO64 shows 400MHz clock, 5CL, 5RCD, 5RP, 18RAS, 23RC and 1.8V
2 Kingston 99U5316 2GB RAM for which HWiNFO64 shows 400MHz clock, 6CL, 6RCD, 6RP, 18RAS, 24RC and 1.8V
Geforce GTX 750 Ti Galaxy OC 2GB at stock settings
Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB that Windows 7 is installed on
ST3750640AS 750GB, 16MB HDD that is mainly used for storage, portable programs, movies and some games, it also once was giving S.M.A.R.T report that was sth like HDD was going bad, I decided to stop S.M.A.R.T and keep using it but I think sometime later when S.M.A.R.T. was turned on it didn't give a bad report until I saw it and turned it off

Antivirus: Windows Defender

I'm feeling insecure about stability of the computer after numerous instances where I had to restart the computer while doing sth with it.

Civilization VI was crashing and giving a BSOD or a black screen with nothing to do but restart and if I remember correctly sometime ago I ran both Windows Memory Diagnostic and MemTest86 and neither gave an error.

Later, Everspace was crashing so I ran Prime95. Blend tests failed after some hours though Small FFTs test did not fail for like 16 hours.

Yesterday after the latest Windows update hidden icons were not displayed and date and time was wrong. I couldn't system restore to the latest restore point wihch was after the latest update, but I restored to the previous update and it updated again this morning, no problems about hidden icons or time now.

Previous to all of this, CPU had been overclocked and at some time it became seriously unstable so I returned it to stock settings. I saw the date and time set wrong at startup maybe 3 times since then but generally it is correct.


Can you help me overcome this instability ?
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  1. MERGED QUESTION
    Question from creativus : "Instability Problem, probably due to memory or storage"

    Computer specs:

    (LGA 771 to 775 modded) Xeon E5450 at stock settings (333MHz x6.00-x9.00)
    2 Mushkin 991558 2GB RAM, for which HWiNFO64 shows 400MHz clock, 5CL, 5RCD, 5RP, 18RAS, 23RC and 1.8V
    2 Kingston 99U5316 2GB RAM for which HWiNFO64 shows 400MHz clock, 6CL, 6RCD, 6RP, 18RAS, 24RC and 1.8V
    Geforce GTX 750 Ti Galaxy OC 2GB at stock settings
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB that Windows 7 is installed on
    ST3750640AS 750GB, 16MB HDD that is mainly used for storage, portable programs, movies and some games, it also once was giving S.M.A.R.T report that was sth like HDD was going bad, I decided to stop S.M.A.R.T and keep using it but I think sometime later when S.M.A.R.T. was turned on it didn't give a bad report until I saw it and turned it off

    Antivirus: Windows Defender

    Civilization VI was crashing badly and if I remember correctly sometime ago I ran both Windows Memory Diagnostic and MemTest86 and neither gave an error.

    Later, Everspace was crashing so I ran Prime95. Blend tests failed after some hours though Small FFTs test did not fail for like 16 hours.

    Yesterday after the latest Windows update hidden icons were not displayed and date and time was wrong. I couldn't system restore to the latest restore point wihch was after the latest update, but I restored to the previous update and it updated again this morning, no problems about hidden icons or time now.

    Previous to all of this, CPU had been overclocked and at some time it became seriously unstable so I returned it to stock settings. I saw the date and time set wrong at startup maybe 3 times since then but generally it is correct.


    Can you help me overcome this instability ?
    Reply to creativus
  2. MERGED QUESTION
    Question from creativus : "Instability Problem, probably due to memory or storage"

    creativus said:
    Computer specs:

    (LGA 771 to 775 modded) Xeon E5450 at stock settings (333MHz x6.00-x9.00)
    2 Mushkin 991558 2GB RAM, for which HWiNFO64 shows 400MHz clock, 5CL, 5RCD, 5RP, 18RAS, 23RC and 1.8V
    2 Kingston 99U5316 2GB RAM for which HWiNFO64 shows 400MHz clock, 6CL, 6RCD, 6RP, 18RAS, 24RC and 1.8V
    Geforce GTX 750 Ti Galaxy OC 2GB at stock settings
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB that Windows 7 is installed on
    ST3750640AS 750GB, 16MB HDD that is mainly used for storage, portable programs, movies and some games, it also once was giving S.M.A.R.T report that was sth like HDD was going bad, I decided to stop S.M.A.R.T and keep using it but I think sometime later when S.M.A.R.T. was turned on it didn't give a bad report until I saw it and turned it off

    Antivirus: Windows Defender

    Civilization VI was crashing badly and if I remember correctly sometime ago I ran both Windows Memory Diagnostic and MemTest86 and neither gave an error.

    Later, Everspace was crashing so I ran Prime95. Blend tests failed after some hours though Small FFTs test did not fail for like 16 hours.

    Yesterday after the latest Windows update hidden icons were not displayed and date and time was wrong. I couldn't system restore to the latest restore point wihch was after the latest update, but I restored to the previous update and it updated again this morning, no problems about hidden icons or time now.

    Previous to all of this, CPU had been overclocked and at some time it became seriously unstable so I returned it to stock settings. I saw the date and time set wrong at startup maybe 3 times since then but generally it is correct.


    Can you help me overcome this instability ?
    Reply to Mousemonkey
  3. First obvious step is to replace that hard drive - - you shouldn't have ignored the SMART warning in the first place.

    We'd all have sick systems if we simply ignored warning messages!

    Oh, and there was no need to start two or three threads about it - one was quite enough thank you - :no:
    Reply to Phillip Corcoran
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