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October 6, 2012 3:38:03 AM

Hello,

I've noticed my computer randomly freezing and purple and yellow lines going across my screen and then me not being able to do anything besides restart my computer. I have 8GB of RAM in all 4 slots now and my motherboard can handle up to 16GB. Never had any problems until recently. I noticed whenever I booted my computer after the freezing, the LED next to the RAM slots lit red and then went away after it was booted.

After my computer booted, my system time was incorrect and my network connectivity icon is missing.

Could this mean something?

Thanks!

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October 6, 2012 4:11:58 AM

You should list the parts that you have and how old all this is.
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October 6, 2012 4:29:09 AM

Motherboard: ASUS ASUS M5A88-M (Brand New)
RAM: 8GB of 1333 DDR3 Crucial RAM (Upgrading to 8GB Ripjaw X Series)
CPU: AMD Ahtlon II x220 (Upgrading to Phenom)
CASE: Apevia X-Trooper (Brand New)
PSU: Bestec 400W+ (Upgrading to OCZ ZT Series 650W)

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October 6, 2012 3:04:44 PM

Do you have a gpu installed? Looks like it could be your graphic card that produces those artifacts (lines you see on the screen). Could also be from a bad connection to the screen.
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October 6, 2012 3:17:41 PM

Because of the screen problem it could be your graphics card, but you should not over look the power supply as being the cause of your problem.
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October 6, 2012 3:51:43 PM

You didn't list a video card and you can't rule out that there is a problem with the monitor. Youshould take one component at a time and try to see if you can rule it out. Starting with the ram remove all of the ram and then put one stick in the first slot and see if you run into the problem and then try each one seperatly, if there is no problem then download Memtest86 and run that to further check the ram.
Your motherboard has intergrated graphics is that what your using for video. Make sure the connections to the board and monitor are tight and not loose.
If you have access to another computer , a friend maybe you can try a different power supply and even borrow a video card to test.
I don't know when your planning on doing the upgrades but if you can upgrade the cpu then you can test that and see if it's the motherboard and then you can RMA if your within the 30 days of purchase , otherwise it has to go back to the manufacturer and that takes longer.
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October 6, 2012 8:05:31 PM

TDUBS said:
RAM: 8GB of 1333 DDR3 Crucial RAM (Upgrading to 8GB Ripjaw X Series)

You did not upgrade the RAM by changing from Crucial to G.Skill Ripjaws. Crucial is better, even its Ballistix series, and I would not buy Ballistix.


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October 9, 2012 12:58:23 PM

bryanl said:
You did not upgrade the RAM by changing from Crucial to G.Skill Ripjaws. Crucial is better, even its Ballistix series, and I would not buy Ballistix.


It's some crap series from Crucial, nothing to dance around about, trust me.

But this is what happened during my Memtest86+ session:


The reason why I'm running this is because I got a "Physical Memory Dump" BSOD randomly yesterday night. I ran Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool and it said there was nothing wrong. Then I ran this test, and 5 hours into it - it did that.
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October 9, 2012 9:26:41 PM

Try downloading prime 95, then once you open it run the "blend" torture test, it tests a chunk of the cpu and alot of the ram, let it run overnight and see if it fails the test.
Here is a link:
http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft/
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October 9, 2012 11:59:07 PM

That looks like a video card to me. My fan on my video card quit working and overheated my video card. That is what my screen looked like. It is the second card that did that to me as well.
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October 10, 2012 8:23:39 AM

socialfox said:
Try downloading prime 95, then once you open it run the "blend" torture test, it tests a chunk of the cpu and alot of the ram, let it run overnight and see if it fails the test.
Here is a link:
http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft/


My Results (Had it run the torture tests):

Spoiler
[Mon Oct 08 19:01:25 2012]
Self-test 640K passed!
Self-test 640K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 19:16:45 2012]
Self-test 8K passed!
Self-test 8K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 19:32:23 2012]
Self-test 720K passed!
Self-test 720K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 19:47:48 2012]
Self-test 12K passed!
Self-test 12K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 20:03:22 2012]
Self-test 800K passed!
Self-test 800K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 20:19:17 2012]
Self-test 20K passed!
Self-test 20K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 20:34:52 2012]
Self-test 896K passed!
Self-test 896K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 20:50:49 2012]
Self-test 28K passed!
Self-test 28K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 21:06:35 2012]
Self-test 1024K passed!
Self-test 1024K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 21:21:53 2012]
Self-test 40K passed!
Self-test 40K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 21:37:11 2012]
Self-test 1152K passed!
Self-test 1152K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 21:52:52 2012]
Self-test 56K passed!
Self-test 56K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 22:08:41 2012]
Self-test 1280K passed!
Self-test 1280K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 22:24:32 2012]
Self-test 72K passed!
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[Mon Oct 08 22:40:46 2012]
Self-test 1440K passed!
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[Mon Oct 08 22:56:01 2012]
Self-test 84K passed!
Self-test 84K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 23:11:51 2012]
Self-test 1600K passed!
Self-test 1600K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 23:27:04 2012]
Self-test 112K passed!
Self-test 112K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 23:43:06 2012]
Self-test 1728K passed!
Self-test 1728K passed!
[Mon Oct 08 23:58:41 2012]
Self-test 144K passed!
Self-test 144K passed!
[Tue Oct 09 00:14:28 2012]
Self-test 1920K passed!
Self-test 1920K passed!
[Tue Oct 09 00:30:17 2012]
Self-test 192K passed!
Self-test 192K passed!
[Tue Oct 09 00:45:44 2012]
Self-test 2240K passed!
Self-test 2240K passed!
[Tue Oct 09 01:01:47 2012]
Self-test 240K passed!
Self-test 240K passed!
[Tue Oct 09 01:17:14 2012]
Self-test 2400K passed!
Self-test 2400K passed!
[Tue Oct 09 01:33:00 2012]
Self-test 288K passed!
Self-test 288K passed!
[Tue Oct 09 01:48:23 2012]
Self-test 2688K passed!
Self-test 2688K passed!
[Tue Oct 09 02:04:02 2012]
Self-test 336K passed!
Self-test 336K passed!
[Tue Oct 09 02:19:02 2012]
Self-test 2880K passed!
Self-test 2880K passed!
[Tue Oct 09 02:35:02 2012]
Self-test 400K passed!
Self-test 400K passed!
[Tue Oct 09 02:50:02 2012]
Self-test 3200K passed!
Self-test 3200K passed!
[Tue Oct 09 03:05:44 2012]
Self-test 480K passed!
Self-test 480K passed!


Also, how would it be my graphics card when I don't have one? I have onboard graphics. Not to mention, doesn't the red LED on boot next to the RAM slot indicate something?
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October 13, 2012 2:12:56 PM

Ok then for the sake of it, when everyone said graphics card, interpret it as GPU (graphical processing unit) ... and the answer remains the same. To put it simply : the thingy that gives you video seems broken. For the red light, refer to your motherboard manual.
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October 20, 2012 5:11:17 PM

If its an onboard video card (integrated in the motherboard) then its your motherboard, however try a bios update before any returns.
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