Ran Windows Memory diagnostic problems found

Microsoft Windows vista home premium 64-...
January 7, 2010 at 05:30:06
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit
Hi, I have received the BSOD numerous times and ran the Windows memory diagnostic tool. Also when Windows restarts, CHKDSK sometimes comes on. A hardware problem was found with Windows memory diagnostic tool. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how long it would take for my computer to fail me or if it would at all. If the ram is bad, will it just shut the whole computer down?
This computer is only a little over a year. It is a HP Pavillion notebook. The only problem is I am overseas and Hp does not honor their warranty overseas. Thanks for your help.

The error messages on the blue screen include memory management, irql, fault in a non page area. Something like that. I don't remember the actual message. Thanks again.

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January 7, 2010 at 05:57:34
I heard memtest is better than windows memory diagnostic tool, try memtest if errors appears buy new memory.

edit... Http://www.memtest86.com stable release v3.5 http://www.memtest.org stable release v4.00 download a .iso file and burn it.

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January 7, 2010 at 12:50:18
Thanks so much for your reply. I also have another problem - CD DVD drive does not work. Would really appreciate help. Thank!!

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January 7, 2010 at 13:20:11
Memory errors are sometimes caused by dirty or loose RAM contacts. Some of your RAM may be accessible. If so, snap it in and out a few times to see if that helps.

Is the CD drive identified in the POST screens at start up along with the other hardware.

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January 7, 2010 at 16:18:21
Oh no, I'm sorry I'm so computer illiterate I cannot understand the second paragraph. The CD DVD drive does not recognize disks. It just kind of spins. It could be that the machine is dirty.

My laptop sits very near our smoky kitchen.

The idea of snapping the RAM in and out, will that affect my personal files that are kept in the system?

Thanks so much for all your help. I really appreciate it.

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January 7, 2010 at 16:28:21
I forgot to warn you to unplug the power and remove the laptop battery BEFORE doing that.

Snapping the RAM in and out will not affect your files.

The POST screens are the messages you see before Windows starts. You should see maybe a brand name and a model number along with CD or similar.

The idea is to make sure the drive is configured by the BIOS before Windows even starts. If that doesn't happen then it is impossible for Windows to make it work. So that helps us identify where the problem lies.

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