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Constant freeze at startup unless in safe mode - memory compatibility?

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September 4, 2012 1:28:02 PM

MOBO: asus P8 z77 pRO
CPU: i7-3770 (non-K)
MEM: g.skill ares series 16gb ddr3 1866
HDD: WD VelociRaptor WD3000, 300gb
Vid: Saphire Radeon HD 6870
OS: Windows 7 64-bit

The computer freezes at the login screen or right after entering my login credentials (which are admin). Everytime, but only a couple times did it give a blue error screen with this error:

*** STOP: 0X000000F4 (0X0000000000000003, 0XFFFFFA8010925B30, 0XFFFFFA8010925E10,0XFFFFF8000318B720)

I understand this is a hardware error, but since the system runs fine in safe mode (with networking) i am not sure where to begin in troubleshooting.

The only thing that jumps out at me is that the memory is not listed on the asus list of compatible memory types for this mother board (i have tried re-seating the sticks). However we have two of these exact same machines and the other does not seem to have any issues, so should i not worry about the compatibility?
a b B Homebuilt system
September 4, 2012 1:34:33 PM

Try the sticks of RAM from the other machine in that one?
a b B Homebuilt system
September 4, 2012 2:38:04 PM

on the new z77 mb asus has a lot of bios fixes for cpu code and ram..have you check that your mb bios is up to date.
on the asus bios also make sure you have xmp profile turned on to get the max speed from your ram sticks. also if you clicked the overclock button in the easy bios setting it switching the ram bus timing from 1:1 to 1:5 some ram and asus mb dont work right with the 1:5 speed timing.
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September 4, 2012 3:52:54 PM

I have the latest bios update and although we originally set the timings to the g.skill recommendation during this troubleshooting i set it to "load optimized defaults"

we have not done any overclock settings

i just got another blue screen error though:

STOP: C0000135 The program can't start because %hs is missing from your computer. Try resintalling the program to fix this problem.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 5, 2012 4:03:04 AM

boot into safe mode and use msconfig and turn everthing off in start up tab. uninstall your anti virus and video drivers these load at start up and could be damaged.
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