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Memory problem?

by burg1n / November 23, 2010 1:32 PM PST

I just built a new pc
Intel i3 dual
MSI Geforce gts 450
4gb (2gb x2) Super talent memory
500gb Seagate barracuda hdd
Gigabyte p55-usb3 mobo
750w PSU

I was having TONS of problems installing windows xp, vista, 7, AND ubuntu. None of them would install and every one said it had a problem copying files basically. I knew my cd's weren't bad so I figured it was my new 24x liteon sata dvd-rw but I replaced it with an old sony drive with no luck. Someone told me to try it with only 1 stick of memory so I did...and it worked. I tried reinstalling the 2nd stick after I got windows 7 installed and after the OS loaded I was getting tons of errors and if I clicked on pretty much anything it would freeze up and give me tons of errors unless I took that 2nd stick out.

As stated previously, the memory is ddr3 Super Talent ram, 2 sticks of 2gb on my gigabyte p55-usb3 mobo. I ran window's memory diagnostics tool and it said my memory has no problems.
Does this mean it is the mobo? What should I do to figure out where the problem is coming from and what piece of hardware I need to return?

Thank you!

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tried 1 stick with the other one
by burg1n / November 23, 2010 2:16 PM PST
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I just tried putting that stick in the first slot instead of the one that was in there and it is still all messed up so it has to be that stick right?

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Sounds like you might be right
by Steven Haninger / November 23, 2010 10:58 PM PST

If your problem follows that stick of RAM, you've likely found your culprit. That doesn't always mean, however, that the stick won't test as OK with some utilities. You might want to run one called memtest86 which you can download and create a bootable floppy or CD. It's also possible that the RAM you chose isn't perfectly compatible or that the timings aren't set properly. All of this presumes you're running in dual channel mode, the sticks are identical and you have them in the correct slots for that use.

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Sounds like it could be the RAM. Best way to tell is
by VAPCMD / November 24, 2010 12:03 AM PST

test each DIMM separately. If the DIMM tests GOOD, try it in the other slots to see if it works there too. If they both test OK separately as suggested above, then test the DIMMs together in the slots recommended by the mfg for DUAL CHANNEL (128-bit) operation.

I also recommend trying another RAM test program if the RAM tests OK but doesn't work properly installing or running the installed OS. Make sure the RAM is setup properly in the BIOS too.

Let us know how it turns out.

VAPCMD

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