BSOD because of RAM

July 8, 2012 at 11:17:19
Specs: Windows 7, P8400, 4 GB
I have a computer with following specifications:
MSI A8N Neo4
Athlon 3200+
3 GB RAM - 2x1GB CORSAIR VS1GB400C3 and 2x512MB GEIL GE1GB3200 BHDC

The problem is in BSOD for which I assume that they come from RAM, because minidump files point to random causes and NTOSKRNL is the one who always crashes.

I tested ram thoroughly with memtest86+, windows memory diagnostics, hci memtest and gold memory pro. All programs show up errors when all modules of RAM are inserted. Everything is fine when only GEIL RAM is inserted, so obviously CORSAIR causes problems. Memtest86+ once found an error with both sticks, but not when only one present. Same thing goes for HCI memtest. Gold memory pro finds problems with single module and when both modules are inserted at once (but it happened now twice that it didn't detect any errors after BIOS reset, so that's very strange).

Anyway, I tried with several different settings for RAM in BIOS, but without any outcome difference. Perhaps I didn't hit the proper settings, so I'm asking you to help me out with any useful ideas.

Here is BIOS menu for RAM: http://shrani.si/f/C/Sa/2iMVIO8s/im...


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#1
July 8, 2012 at 11:43:31
Have you tried the 2 1GB sticks?

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#2
July 8, 2012 at 13:20:10
Might be able to set speeds and ram voltages to a more stable setting and try again.

I can't say what the bsod is but ram has to pass.

Hang up and live.


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#3
July 8, 2012 at 13:36:48
jay, I did.

jefro, I can't find voltage settings in BIOS.


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#4
July 8, 2012 at 13:39:14
what RAM combinations did you try?

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#5
July 8, 2012 at 14:59:27
Did you look in the motherboard manual for where to set the RAM voltages ? Try looking under something called the Cell Menu.

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#6
July 8, 2012 at 15:08:48
Check your motherboard manual, matching memory sticks must go into the correct slots. This is not always the first two or the last two, I have seen cases that motherboards use the first and third slots for one pair and the second and fourth slots for the other pair.
It is not usually the memory voltage that is the problem (though sometimes it is), it is that memory timings that are sometimes the issue. If the two sets run at different timings, manually setting them to the 'looser' (higher numbers) timings, may be enough to allow them to run together.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
July 8, 2012 at 15:52:59
CPU-z with problematic CORSAIR RAM: http://shrani.si/f/3e/wx/2NdeLukR/c...

Voltage was set on 2.65 V all the time, I changed it now to 2.50 and again, no difference.


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#8
July 9, 2012 at 08:52:28
May have to buy matched ram then.

Google is evil


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