Bad RAM? Memtest errors on almost all sectors... BUT I just replaced it..

By zabean
Jan 26, 2008
  1. While installing Windows XP on an old notebook of mine, on every try - i would error on random files that couldn't copy over. So, I suspected bad RAM...

    Ran memtest86+, and it racked up errors like crazy, 100,000+, and eventually crashed with loud beeping flashing different colors with the character "a" printed all over the screen. I figured the entire ram module was just totally bad and dead..

    so finally today I go out and buy a new stick, same specs,
    try to install XP again, this time i get a bsod stop error somewhere in it saying something about ACPI or something.. i didn't catch it and haven't been able to recreate the error..

    none the less just to check i ran memtest again, and i start racking up errors from the start, already at 10,000 by 80mb.

    what could be the problem? i tried both slots.

    a little info about the notebook: got it for free from someone, old/broked. i wanted to fix it. it says its an Alienware, i don't know what model exactly, i think it's manufactured by someone else though. it's some generic Notebook D500P/510/530 model A. i don't know what that means or remember how i found any of that out. i don't know much about the machine but i figure this problem is irrelevant.

    it's a p4 @ 2.6 mhz, and both the old and current ram modules are kingston, 512MB ddr @ 333mhz

    the error on xp setup was PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    you could have a bad ram slot or the mobo is shot. Also check your CMOS battery. You may require professional replacement.
  3. zabean

    zabean TS Rookie Topic Starter

    How do i check my CMOS battery?
  4. lamo

    lamo TS Rookie

    1st of all, tell the exact model of your laptop
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    it requires opening up the system and replacing it. I don't recommend this for laptops. Take it to a professional.
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