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May 16, 2009 3:58:51 PM

Hi. So I upgraded to 4*2GB Patriot Viper DDR2 1GHZ ram a few days ago. Just today, I'm getting BSOD pretty much as soon as I boot up and if I do get past boot up, I BSOD within 20-40 minutes.

Specs:
cpu: intel c2d e6750 2.66ghz
mobo: gigabyte p35 ds3r rev 2.0
ram: 4*2GB ddr2 patriot viper 1ghz - stock everything 5-5-5-15

Something strange about the RAM is that in CPU-Z and memtest, it shows up as 5-7-7-16

I checked my BIOS, voltages were high enough at 2.1V. Tried going down to 800 mhz and 667, still BSOD. Ran memtest with all RAM modules (too lazy to do one by one, do I really need to do that) and got 40000+ errors and just 1 pass. (Don't really know how to use memtest to be honest) but Windows Memory Diagnostic Utility found no errors (it obviously sucks.)

Should I just take the RAM to the store and ask for new ones or is this related to something else? Thanks in advance for your help
May 16, 2009 7:46:56 PM

crazlunatic said:
Hi. So I upgraded to 4*2GB Patriot Viper DDR2 1GHZ ram a few days ago. Just today, I'm getting BSOD pretty much as soon as I boot up and if I do get past boot up, I BSOD within 20-40 minutes.

Specs:
cpu: intel c2d e6750 2.66ghz
mobo: gigabyte p35 ds3r rev 2.0
ram: 4*2GB ddr2 patriot viper 1ghz - stock everything 5-5-5-15

Something strange about the RAM is that in CPU-Z and memtest, it shows up as 5-7-7-16

I checked my BIOS, voltages were high enough at 2.1V. Tried going down to 800 mhz and 667, still BSOD. Ran memtest with all RAM modules (too lazy to do one by one, do I really need to do that) and got 40000+ errors and just 1 pass. (Don't really know how to use memtest to be honest) but Windows Memory Diagnostic Utility found no errors (it obviously sucks.)

Should I just take the RAM to the store and ask for new ones or is this related to something else? Thanks in advance for your help

what speed memory are u using
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May 16, 2009 11:26:43 PM

Are those modules on the QVL or are they certified by Patriot to run on your motherboard?
May 17, 2009 7:28:35 PM

i checked the qvl and patriot is not listed there.also the only (2gb )memory listed is for( 667 )speed memory.all (1066 ).speed for that mother board is shown as 1gb or less.are you telling me you have 8gb of memory installed now.if so maybe your over loaded on memory.my take on this from the qvl is this.( 4dimm slots you could go 4x1gb sticks at 1066 or 4x2gb sticks at 667gb) in other words i do not think your mobo uses 2gb 1066 memory it uses 1gb 1066 for a max of 4gb.? :o 
a c 106 } Memory
May 17, 2009 7:40:38 PM

Go to the patriot web site, and access their configurator. MOBO QVL lists may be old. Enter your mobo, and you should get a list of compatible parts. Hopefully your ram is on their supported list.


If you are getting any errors on memtest, they you have a ram problem.

It is either one or more bad sticks, or a bad ram slot on the mobo.

To identify a bad stick, run memtest with each stick individually. Then take a known good stick and test it in each ram slot. One full pass should be enough.

8gb of ram can be tricky. You may need more ram or chipset voltage. Patriot support can be helpful to you here. They have specific recommendations for lots of situations.

May 17, 2009 7:42:59 PM

+1^ You got to always check what is compatible.
May 17, 2009 11:43:04 PM

turns out one stick got an instant memtest error. gonna return it, will i still have errors afterwards
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