Have fun, and when you get frustrated - take a break. I've also found keeping a written log of the settings I used helpful. I marked them as to whether or not they POSTed. And if so, whether or not they booted to the operating system. For the settings that successfully POSTed and booted, I booted into memtest86+ to test whether or not the RAM would run at those settings with no errors.
Keeping a written record meant I wouldn't keep trying settings that had not worked before.
I have been having issue with my PC for quite some time. It crashes, and upon restart it often "forgets" stuff and has missing stuff so I have to constantly use the restore feature... untill finally that stops working. Then I clean install again... and start all over.
To date I have never been able to solve it. But I recently upgraded to windows 7 and it asked me to perform a memory test on restart. After the test it rebooted and said I have a memory problem.
That is all. lol.
Now I have 4 sticks of crucial ballistix overclocking memory in my mobo.. and the memory is speed rated much higher than the stock mobo runs it.
My biggest question is should I simple purchase 4 totally new sticks ??? and upgrade from 4gig to 8 gig ???
Or should I just replace the bad stick ???
and MOST IMPORTANT- How do I know which stick is bad?????
Is there a test program I can use to test my memory ???
Help me solve and trouble shoot this problem.
I am fed up with this and have a new SSD drive coming (vertex2 120gig)
So I plan a clean install on that of windows 7 64bit, and fixing this memory problem now is what I need to do all at the same time so I can enjoy crash free computing.
Happy Holidays to everyone (especially those who help me fix this!!!)
memtest86+ can help you identify the bad stick. Remove 3 sticks, boot into memtest86+ and let it run at least one complete iteration. If no errors, then remove that stick (mark it good), insert another stick, and boot into memtest86+. Repeat until you identify the bad stick.
One caution: If you change the RAM settings (voltage, latencies, or frequency), you'll have to do the memtest86+ again for each stick to be sure each passes at those settings. It can get tedious, but it is the only way to confirm RAM is good at each of those settings.