Ive had my homebuilt for over two years now. It has never given me any problems until recently. This morning it was really acting up. I logged into windows then blue screen. Then i couldnt get past the bios. I reset the settings because i was overclocked and figured that was the issue. it kept freezing in the bios. Im not sure what i did but i was eventually able to get windows running with my bios settings at default. Now, i go to properties on my computer and it shows 4gb of my original 6. it showed six before it began to act up. CPU-Z shows 6gb. i decided to run memtest86 and it found no errors but that showed 4gb. Should i update the bios? i was going to update the ram anyways but could it be something else? How common is that "bent cpu pins" problem ive found? heres my setup
ive read that a cpu cooler thats too heavy can cause some pins to bend causing it to not see all of the ram. the vigor monsoon 3 i have on there is pretty heavy so idk if that caused it over the years. im going to try two stick at a time since my mobo manual says it has to run atleast a dual channel setup and try to figure out which one is faulty.
i just noticed, whenever i set my bios to anything except auto in my ram settings, it will show 4gb in computer properties. its only when my bios settings are on auto that my computer properties shows 6gb now..
Have you tried booting with just one stick? If your mobo wont let you, do 2 sticks instead. Run the 3 possible combination of 2 sticks with memtest for a couple hours each or until a combination throws an error. Through some deductive logic after running all 3 combinations you should be able to single out the bad sick.
So, dont put it on auto, go into bios and set it to what its advertised. (if you set it on auto i think it bumps it down to 1333, so make sure you set it to 1600 with the correct timings -> 9/9/9/24)
Run memtest on sticks 1 + 2 -> test 1
then 1+3 -> test 2
then 2+3 -> test 3
If one stick is bad then 2 of those tests should fail and 1 should be good. So if test 1 and 3 fail that means stick 2 is faulty and you should RMA etc.
I hope i make sense.