Blue Screens, bad ram? help???



i'm running 64 bit vista ultimate, intel quad core q6600 cpu, gigabyte
ga-p35-ds3l motherboard, 700w psu, 512mb 8800gt, and 2x1g of crucial
ballistix ddr2-1066 (pc2-8500) ram... i just built this thing and have been
getting nonstop bluescreens. i bumped up the voltage to my ram to 2.2 volts
and it helped things for awhile but am getting constant blue screens again.
the results from the memory diagnostics tool report that i have errors with
my ram. i even had to switch around the sticks and reset the bios a couple
times to get windows to even start loading. is there anything i can do
before i ship off my ram to get it replaced? or is it possible something
else is creating the problem? thanks.



Bob Harris

There are some RAM testers that can run form a floppy or a bootable CD.
They would bypass Windows and be a true test of the RAM hardware. For
example, see the Ultimate Boot CD, free at:

Have you tried booting with only one stick of RAM.

Finally, have you thought about trying the BIOS default settings for RAM?
Those are usually safe. If that also fails, try under-clocking the RAM,
that is making run slower.

I found this in Wikipedika:
"According to JEDEC[1] the maximum recommended voltage is 1.9 volts and
should be considered the absolute maximum when memory stability is an issue
(such as in servers or other mission critical devices). In addition, JEDEC
states that memory modules must withstand up to 2.3 volts before incurring
permanent damage (although they may not actually function correctly at that



Colin Barnhorst

Does it do the same thing in Safe Mode? The majority of BSODs are due to
drivers. Remove all but the most essential usb devices. Remove one stick
of ram at a time. See what happens.

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