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March 14, 2012 4:34:20 PM

Hello. I have been having many problems with my new computer. I have been getting many BSOD's that have been saying different things.
Example: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL, BAD_POOL_HEADER, Page_Fault_in_Nonpaged_Area, Driver_IRQL_not_less_or_equal.

I decided to try a reinstall of windows 7. That did not work. Tried 4 times. The first 3 times it would get about half way loading windows files and go to bsod. Last time I tried it got stuck at 43% for almost 2 hours, so i shut it down and called again. They said it was probably either bad memory or a faulty hd. They told me to test my memory with memtest (which i am testing one stick at this very moment). I has only ran on pass so far, and I am not exactly sure what I am looking at , but next to pass 1 is errors and it says 1324032. My question is, Is that really the number of errors on this stick? Or does that number mean something else?
Should I even keep running it on this stick for a full 7 passes as I have read, or go ahead and switch out the sticks to check the next one? Thank you in advance for any help provided.




windows 7 hp x64
Intel I7 2600k 3.40GHZ 8mb LGA 1155
2TB SataIII 6gb/s 7200rpm 64mb cache 3.5" HD
2- 4gb corsair vengeance 1600mhz ddr3
nvidia gtx560 2gb
xtremegear 700 watt powersupply
gigabyte z68ma-d2h-b3 intel z68 crossfire ddrs sata 3









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a c 347 } Memory
March 14, 2012 5:09:24 PM

Once you get any errors on Memtest then it's pointless to 'collect' any more so stop the test. The simplest thing to do is to try to boot off Memtest with (1) stick at a time to find out if it's a RAM issue or a MOBO's DIMM issue.

Before testing, Clear CMOS (jumper method) and allow the PSU do discharge 5~10 minutes after being unplugged to allow any stored charge to dissipate. See the right way -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdHH9KrceR0

Try (1) stick as follows:
CPU: | blank | 4GB | blank | blank | ; and
CPU: | 4GB | blank | blank | blank |

Normally, the RAM is installed:
CPU: | blank | 4GB | blank | 4GB | ; or
CPU: | 4GB | blank | 4GB | blank |
March 14, 2012 7:22:49 PM

I did what you said and followed the video about clearing the CMOS. and I moved the stick to the first slot. But when I turn on my computer it just beeps at me over and over and then shuts off for a few seconds and then comes back on, beeps etc...
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a c 347 } Memory
March 14, 2012 7:47:20 PM

How about "CPU: | blank | 4GB | blank | blank | "? Did that do the same?

Did it fail with both sticks "CPU: | 4GB | blank | blank | blank |"?
March 14, 2012 7:54:40 PM

I just moved the stick back to where it was and the computer is still beeping and shutting off
a c 347 } Memory
March 14, 2012 8:04:51 PM

Which Beep pattern?

1 short: System boots successfully
2 short: CMOS setting error
1 long, 1 short: Memory or motherboard error
1 long, 2 short: Monitor or graphics card error
1 long, 3 short: Keyboard error
1 long, 9 short: BIOS ROM error
Continuous long beeps: Graphics card not inserted properly
Continuous short beeps: Power error
March 14, 2012 8:17:31 PM

its continous beeps long i guess you would say. beep pause beep pause beep pause.....
then it shuts off for a second then comes back on to do the same thing.
a c 347 } Memory
March 14, 2012 8:29:44 PM

Check the GPU, first of both 6-pins are properly connected (often there's (2) green LEDS), and if needed either re-mount or try the second PCIe below the top (top is the primary).

While you're at it double-check the 24 and 8-pin to he MOBO.
March 14, 2012 9:17:01 PM

Okay fixed it. I did not have my memory in good enough. ( I am a Dummy) Anyway continuing what I was doing moved the same stick that was giving me the errors to the first slot and running memtest now. I have only been running it about 3 minutes and says 113456 errors. so should i even continue or just move on to my second stick?
a c 347 } Memory
March 14, 2012 10:25:20 PM

After >10 errors you're wasting you time testing. Try the 2nd stick...
March 14, 2012 10:49:26 PM

so far on the second stick first pass complete with no errors :) 
a c 347 } Memory
March 14, 2012 10:54:54 PM

Then it's clear Stick #1 is bad. Problem, it's best to RMA both sticks as a set. Therefore, three options:
1. Buy new RAM
2. RMA RAM ; downtime 7~10 days
3. RMA but request a 'Cross Ship' if possible. Your credit card will be charged in-full and credited once the OEM receives the product from you (undamaged); so box it well.

Most all RAM carries a lifetime warranty. You'll have to pay for shipping it to the OEM.
March 14, 2012 11:04:19 PM

I had already contacted the people who built my computer yesterday and they went ahead and put an RMA in for me just in case because they knew was either RAM or I was going to have to send in my whole computer. They sent me a return shipping label this morning in my email. So that was nice. I am going to call them and tell them it is the RAM. So I should request 2 sticks of the same I had then is that correct? So there are no problems? Sorry for all the questions. I am not very computer savvy and this is the first time I have had any computer problems like this ever.
a c 347 } Memory
March 14, 2012 11:27:59 PM

Correct, the Corsair Vengeance is sold in sets. The (people who built my computer) if there a large enough company buys in bulk so I'd ask them.

Typically, it's in Kits. Savvy or not you diagnosed the problem so Gold star toy you! :sol: 
March 14, 2012 11:36:55 PM

Thanks again for all your help. Would probably have just sent in my whole computer if I did not have your help figuring this out. Thanks you !
a c 347 } Memory
March 14, 2012 11:43:30 PM

You are Welcome! :) 
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