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BAD RAM (Memtest86 acting weirdly)

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February 10, 2012 4:55:27 AM

So after all the troubles of BSOD, computer freezes, failed boots, etc..

I decided to run Memtest86.

On the first run it gave me more than 10,000 errors.

So I was guessing either the ram was defective or I did something wrong.

But just to be thorough, I ran the memtest a few more times..

Then something weird happened..

After a few runs, the memtest just skipped a part of the memory.. specifically 2gb - 4gb region..

It goes from 0-2gb, then 4-6gb..

When it skips the 2-4gb region, it flashes "Relocated" really quickly..

Also, after memtest started skipping that region, it doesn't give me any errors at all..

What the heck does this signify?

Does it mean that the computer decided not to use that region? If so, would that effective give me a total of 14gb of ram (instead of 16gb)?

Afterwards, I tried reseating all the ram and tried swapping slots to see if it would check that 2-4gb region..

But it still flashes "relocated" and doesn't give me any errors..

What do I do?!?!?!?!?
a c 146 } Memory
February 10, 2012 5:30:12 AM

How many sticks do u have? 4?

Run them 1stick by 1stick till u catch the bad one, than replace it.
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a c 146 } Memory
February 10, 2012 5:31:06 AM

Run first the windows memory diagnostics, it is only few minutes short.
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February 10, 2012 6:05:03 AM

nikorr said:
How many sticks do u have? 4?

Run them 1stick by 1stick till u catch the bad one, than replace it.



I have 4.

I just did run them stick by stick and it does that "relocated" thing for every stick!!!

I will try running windows memory diagnostics.

Is that different from memtest86?
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a c 146 } Memory
February 10, 2012 6:23:58 AM

It is diagnostic app from MS, not as deep diagnoses, but if it will catch issue it will not pass the memtest as well.

Try different slots too.
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a c 146 } Memory
February 10, 2012 6:24:45 AM

And please post your HW specs ... PSU, mobo, CPU ...
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February 10, 2012 6:25:44 AM

nikorr said:
It is diagnostic app from MS, not as deep diagnoses, but if it will catch issue it will not pass the memtest as well.

Try different slots too.



Hmm I just ran it. There seems to be no problem with the ram sticks themselves I guess?

Could it be the slot/motherboard?

Is there a way to test the slot/board?
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a c 146 } Memory
February 10, 2012 6:56:16 AM

Post your HW specs ... PSU, mobo, CPU ...
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February 10, 2012 7:19:30 AM

PUS - HX 1050
MB - ASRock Z68 Professional Gen3
CPU - i7 2600k
RAM - Corsair Vegeance 16GB (4 x 4GB)
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

I haven't overclocked anything..
Everything is at stock setting..
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a c 146 } Memory
February 10, 2012 7:20:28 AM

OK, is it a clean install?
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February 10, 2012 1:34:46 PM

nikorr said:
OK, is it a clean install?



What's a clean install? lol..
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a b } Memory
February 10, 2012 6:31:05 PM

Best ram diagnostic software.
http://www.memtest.org/
The built in Win7 program isn't very good.
Didn't catch my bad ram stick.
Memtest86+ caught it almost immediately = over 1500 errors.
As mentioned test one stick at a time.
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