1. First Computer Build: RAM Issues

    Well, I’ve encountered my first hardware failure with my aforementioned desktop computer build.

    Last weekend the PC began experiencing random BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) errors in Windows 7 — sometimes during ‘net surfing, sometimes during gaming, and sometimes watching YouTube vids.

    Suspecting a possible software issue because I’d recently installed a couple of things, I set about completing a Win7 restore operation. No go — restores would not complete.

    Next check: hard-drive testing. Windows’ CHKDSK took a while, but completed normally.

    And then: RAM testing. Rut ro … Windows’ memory testing application quickly reported back that the RAM had errors.

    Turning to the ‘net for a bit of guidance, I performed a more thorough RAM test with Memtest86. With both Corsair RAM sticks installed, Memtest returned thousands and thousands of errors.

    I removed one stick and retested — no problems.

    Swapped that stick out for the other, and retested. Result: quadzillions of errors.

    So there you go: One of my two Corsair 4g RAM sticks has crapped out ofter just over a month of use. I’ll be replacing the pair of RAM cards with a pair of 4gb sticks from Kingston. (I’ve had good luck with Crucial in the past, but Kingston can be had with free 2-day shipping thru Amazon Prime … and I do loves me some Amazon Prime.)

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  2. 3 Responses to "First Computer Build: RAM Issues" ...

    1. On March 5, 2012 @ 2:24 pm,
      Paul wrote:

      Will the seller warranty and refund you ? I, 2 years ago bought 7 broken laptops on Ebay, repaired all 7, sold 5 plus my sons old one (working) and mine (broken) and got a no cost upgrade for 2 laptops 2 2 dell studios (15 and 17)

      Now his is overheating and mine is a little slow (only dual core 2.2Ghz) so I am looking for next steps… I would like to build but I would want a full media center so Windows 8 + (tried a whole load of stuff like playon and digital media player, ended up with Roku, internet enabled DVD player, games console, Cable and a remote 6 port HDMI switch so I only have 1 cable to the TV. Wirelsss HDMI and audio is where I want to go next if I was going to build something.



    2. On March 5, 2012 @ 2:54 pm,
      Michael wrote:

      Everything was purchased thru Amazon, so yeah, I think I can return the RAM pretty easily. Just waiting for the new memory to get here first, and make sure it works.



    3. On March 8, 2012 @ 8:46 pm,
      Ed wrote:

      Sorry to hear about the RAM failure, that’s pretty unusual for Corsair. Nice system build by the way!



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