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Windows Memory Diagnostic Freezing at 21%

So, I have been having some hardware issues the last few days and I believe it is a problem with one of or both of my Memory sticks, I ran the windows memory diagnostics on each stick individually on the most standard mode with only 2 tests just to start with. One of my sticks passed just fine and the other one froze on the first test at 26%. At this point, assuming, at least for now, that the second memory stick is shot I tried running an extended test on the one stick I think still works, and two times in a row had issues at EXACTLY 21% on the first test...it doesn't freeze because when I go to the options it is responsive, however it lags very very badly.

Does anyone have any help or insight for me into this situation.

As always, thanks
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  1. Have you OC'ed the RAM?
    If so, get it back to it's defaults and run the tests individually on both stick and get back to us.
  2. You may need to set the BIOS for either XMS memory parameters (overclocked, essentially) or standard JEDEC memory parameters. Otherwise any stick that shows errors when run with the BIOS set for automatic configuration is defective and needs to be replaced.

    The defect rate for any memory stick tends to go up with the awesomeness of its heat spreaders. That may be why Samsung modules have been so good.
  3. alyoshka said:
    Have you OC'ed the RAM?
    If so, get it back to it's defaults and run the tests individually on both stick and get back to us.


    I only OCed the CPU not the RAM, but once I started having problems I reset everythin to default...also I tried posting this message earlier and my PC froze up on me...on the stick I thought was good.
  4. In addition I noticed when I start up my PC in the splash screen(?) I think it's callled; when it shows what mobo you have and gives an option for BIOS...it shows 3 sets of letters and numbers so I cross referenced those numbers with my MOBO manual

    The codes were: 98, B4, and A3 they stood for: "Consoleinput devices connect" "USB Hotplug" and "IDE Enable" respectively...hopefully that knowledge helps.
  5. Oh, when you reset the BIOS to it's defaults did you not change the IDE settings back to AHCI?
    Also , do you have a Joystick connected to the rig?
    Disconnect it.
  6. alyoshka said:
    Oh, when you reset the BIOS to it's defaults did you not change the IDE settings back to AHCI?
    Also , do you have a Joystick connected to the rig?
    Disconnect it.


    I do not have a joystick and am I supposed to change it to AHCI, I don't even know what that is.
  7. Best answer
    See most probably when you'd Installed windows, you must have configured the IDE/SATA controller in the BIOS to AHCI.
    When the rig goes back to defaults it usually shows booting up problems if there is a mismatch.... in your case it's either Bad RAM, Bad VRAM Voltage or a case of Timing mismatch in the BIOS and the RAM Specs..
    firstly we'll just go and check the basics.
  8. alyoshka said:
    See most probably when you'd Installed windows, you must have configured the IDE/SATA controller in the BIOS to AHCI.
    When the rig goes back to defaults it usually shows booting up problems if there is a mismatch.... in your case it's either Bad RAM, Bad VRAM Voltage or a case of Timing mismatch in the BIOS and the RAM Specs..
    firstly we'll just go and check the basics.


    So, what should I do for changing the VRAM voltage or fixing that mismatch...because if neither works im just gonna buy new sticks
  9. What is the model of the RAM modules you're using and what is the make and model of your mobo?
  10. alyoshka said:
    What is the model of the RAM modules you're using and what is the make and model of your mobo?


    G SKill Ripjaws Dual channel 4 gigs each

    ASRock z68 extreme3 gen3

    Also sorry for the late response.
  11. err....... ripjaws... model number?
  12. alyoshka said:
    err....... ripjaws... model number?


    Hopefully this is it: F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

    if not maybe: PC3-12800
  13. Best answer selected by roaddoc326.
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