Memory test failed!

November 10, 2008 at 04:14:30
Specs: Win XP, DualCore

Hi,

My computer crashes every few hours, no matter how easy the work is (even only internet browsing and text input in notepad).
At restart, XP requires a diskcheck which comes out with a no problems result.

I suspected a memory problem and I did a memory test with the "memtest" utility (MemTest-86 v3.4).

To my astonishment, all the tests came out bad:
INVC failed
LRAND failed
Stride 6 failed
WMATS+ failed
WINVC failed

Now, in these conditions I wonder how the computer can function at all..!

Anyway, what should I do in order to solve the problem?

Thanks.


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#1
November 10, 2008 at 05:05:40

"what should I do in order to solve the problem?"

If would help to know which CPU & RAM you have...just putting "DualCore" is useless. Make sure your CPU & RAM settings are correct in the BIOS. If you're running AUTO settings, try manually setting the speeds, timings & voltages. And make sure to use the correct CPU:DRAM ratio.

If you have more than one stick of RAM installed, try testing them individually to see if you can determine which stick is bad. When you remove them, clean the contact pins & when you reinstall them, pop them in & out of the slot a couple of times to help clean the slot contacts.

If the RAM still fails after trying the above, it will have to be replaced.

"If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions" - Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) in Pulp Fiction


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#2
November 11, 2008 at 07:25:34

OK, here's some info about my machine:

CPU: Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz
System Memory 2037 MB
MB clock 343MHz
HDD: 100Gb

OS: Windows XP Pro SP2


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