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BSOD: RAMPAGE-IV-GENE + GSKILL Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

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May 2, 2012 1:03:41 PM

Hi

I have several BSOD while running Windows 7 Ultimate. I managed to reinstall Win7 from scratch with 1 stick of RAM (4G) and that seemed to work. However, when I install all 16GB Ram, the system seems not stable and several BSODs happened randomly.

Here is my new machine, I used default BIOS settings.

MOBO: Asus Rampage IV Gene-X7 (BIOS Version 1305 2012.04.18 update)
CPU: Hex Core i7-382
GPU: 1G GTX550Ti ASUS (Latest driver)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws-X F3-12800cl9d-8GBXL (16G total)
PSU: CoolerMaster RS-650
WIFI CARD: TP-LINK TL-WDN4800








I tried to run Memtest86+ v4.2 and amazingly, here is the result:





I ran the test with only 2 sticks and it produced so many errors, but it seemed to be fine when I ran separately. I also ran memory test using Window Memory Diagnostic but it said no errors at all for 16GB.

Beside that, I had run the GPU stress test using FurMark, there was not any BSOD so I reckon GPU is unlikely the culprit.


Please help, is it the RAM or MOBO problem? :heink: 
a b V Motherboard
May 2, 2012 1:19:44 PM

download and burn an iso of memtest 86, this tool will check for error in your ram. if you got errors in ram you will get corrupted files all the time
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May 2, 2012 1:30:01 PM

I think i know the problem, From what i hear w/ x79 boards is that the ram must come out of the same kit. Even though its the same ram, its made just a bit different. I had problems like this w/ my Asus X79 pro board. I had bought two kits, and put them in and i had a lot of errors. So then i put the two that came in one kit in, and no problems. then again with the other kit, and once again no problems. If if put them all in i had errors.

So i went out and bought a quad channel kit and it worked. I personally think its messed up, but some things are just plain tricky.

If this is not problem for you, id return the ram and get new ram. If the ram does not do the trick, id return the board.

Or if all else fails take it to a computer professional and ask for his opinion, it hurts my ego at times, but its better then wasting unnecessary money.

Good luck to you!
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a c 716 V Motherboard
May 2, 2012 1:36:11 PM

Welcome to Tom's Forum! :) 

This could be a combination of a few things: BIOS version, BIOS settings, and possibly the RAM itself. Clearly these timings are all wrong - http://i48.tinypic.com/2wme5j5.png

RAM Settings:
Try (1) setting in the BIOS: AI Overclock Tuner -> XMP and use Profile1 which 'should' be automatically set. I am assuming the RAM sticks are properly seated and the DIMM slots are fully locked into place.

BIOS Update:
Further, anytime I see the 4-core i7-3820 (it is NOT a Hexacore CPU) it screams to me to update the BIOS to latest version. Use ASUS EZ Flash 2:
1. Download the latest BIOS (.ROM) v1305 - http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_2011/Ramp...
2. Unzip the Rampage-IV-Gene-ASUS-1305.zip file, rename the Rampage-IV-Gene-ASUS-1305.ROM to R4G.ROM in case you use USB BIOS Flashback
3. Obtain a Flash Drive, format FAT32 and copy the R4G.ROM file use any of the BLACK USB 2.0 ports in the rear I/O of the MOBO.
4. Boot into the BIOS, click on Tools, then click ASUS EZ Flash2 Utility, and select the R4G.ROM file. The process takes ~1 minute. Note: It will erase any BIOS settings so repeat the XMP settings and or any other settings you've changed in the BIOS.


/edit - noted the BIOS is the latest version. There 'could' be a BIOS corruption IF the XMP setting fails. Therefore, upon failure Clear CMOS:
1. Unplug the PSU for 5 minutes so the stored power fully drains.
2. Press and hold the 'Clear CMOS button' @ I/O for 5 seconds
3. See video for additional information - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdHH9KrceR0

Until the Memory Errors are fixed all you're doing is corrupting data in Widows.
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May 3, 2012 12:09:26 AM

jaquith said:

/edit - noted the BIOS is the latest version. There 'could' be a BIOS corruption IF the XMP setting fails. Therefore, upon failure Clear CMOS:
1. Unplug the PSU for 5 minutes so the stored power fully drains.
2. Press and hold the 'Clear CMOS button' @ I/O for 5 seconds
3. See video for additional information - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdHH9KrceR0


Thank mate, I'll try this tonight. Will post result :love: 
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May 3, 2012 12:10:38 AM

starcore said:
I think i know the problem, From what i hear w/ x79 boards is that the ram must come out of the same kit. Even though its the same ram, its made just a bit different. I had problems like this w/ my Asus X79 pro board. I had bought two kits, and put them in and i had a lot of errors. So then i put the two that came in one kit in, and no problems. then again with the other kit, and once again no problems. If if put them all in i had errors.

So i went out and bought a quad channel kit and it worked. I personally think its messed up, but some things are just plain tricky.

If this is not problem for you, id return the ram and get new ram. If the ram does not do the trick, id return the board.

Or if all else fails take it to a computer professional and ask for his opinion, it hurts my ego at times, but its better then wasting unnecessary money.

Good luck to you!


Thank mate, If i'm not lucky with the BIOS settings, I'll have to buy a Quad channel KIT then :sweat: 
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May 13, 2012 10:49:47 PM

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May 14, 2012 6:14:58 AM

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