HP Envy x2 review: Hands-on
from faulty RAM?
When I run Memtest86+ it keeps throwing up errors, mainly in test #4. I took my RAM out(2*1GB Corsair TwinX XMS PC3200PT)and put in 2*512MB Crucial PC3200 and ran a short test and it didn't produce any errors.
To eliminate the possibility of the Corsair memory being incompatible with the motherboard(Asrock 939 Dual SATA), I put in an EPoX motherboard(EP-9NDA3I). When I ran Memtest the Corsair memory failed quite quickly on test #6, so I put the Crucial RAM in just to confirm the problem was definitely with the Corsair pair, but that didn't pass, it failed after about 3 hours!!!
So I'm now assuming the problem is elsewhere, but I don't know what's the most probable cause.
I realise it might be the CPU as the memory controller is on there(Opteron 144), but stress tests on the CPU(Prime)haven't produced errors. Or the other thing was the PSU, but I monitor the 12v rail and that's rock solid and reading as just above 12volts constantly.
Any advice would be really appreciated, dagwoood.
Do you have any problems with your PC, other than with the memory tests?
Hi VoG™ :)
I haven't noticed any other problems to be honest, but if your memory doesn't pass memtest, then it's a given that your memory isn't performing as it should and could generate a read/write error to the h/drive. As you know, if that happens, you've got a corrupted operating system.
That in itself doesn't worry me as I have images of my o/s on my second h/d. What DOES worry me is if I got a read/write error if I was restoring from a back up.
'but if your memory doesn't pass memtest, then it's a given that your memory isn't performing as it should'
Well if your PC is performing correctly then I would ignore the test results. Various tests that I ran on my 'old' PC told me that various things were wrong - I ignored those and it performed perfectly. My current PC is also running perfectly and I have avoided the temptation to run any tests on it.
If it ain't broke don't fix it.
"Various tests that I ran on my 'old' PC told me that various things were wrong - I ignored those and it performed perfectly."
That's probably true of most systems VoG™, but as I have been overclocking the CPU(and nothing else I hasten to add), running tests is a prerequisite to ascertain that the overclock is stable.
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