Memtest failed, Mobo or Memory Sticks at Fault?

By msclara
Mar 17, 2009
  1. This first started out as a problem installing some of the larger programs such has Adobe CS3 and Microsoft Office 2007. I had a seperate thread on that located here:

    After a lot of troubleshooting, I believe that my problem exists in the RAM. I ran the memtest for both sticks of ram individually and they both failed. The first stick will cause my computer to reboot in the middle of the test. The other stick, I will get a message that says 'unexpected interrupt halting CPU0'.

    So here's my question: Is the memory sticks at fault or my mobo?
    I want to go ahead and ask for advice so I know if I should buy new RAM or get my mobo replaced.

    These are my specs for my computer:
    AMD Athlon 7750 Dual-Core Processor 2.71 GHz
    GIgabyte GA-MA770-UD3
    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition V2002 SP3
    Corsair Dual Channel TWINX 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB)

    Can someone confirm that I'm using the right memory? It's not listed on the Gigabyte's website as one of their supported ones, but it also says that many are not listed.

    Any help on this would be great. I've tried testing the memory on other slots with same results and tried cleaning it with an eraser.

  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

  3. msclara

    msclara TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so, i just had the wrong memory in this whole time? buying this memory will fix the problem?

    thanks so much!! i'm going to try that out.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Yes, this memory matches the specs given by Gigabyte's support site. Good luck ;)
  5. Tedster

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

    read the upgrading ram guide in the guides forum
  6. msclara

    msclara TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay, I bought that EXACT same memory as Tmagic650 mentioned. I unhooked everything, cleared the CMOs, put the new memory in, and loaded optimized settings.

    I am still having the exact same problems.

    Does the motherboard need to be replaced?
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    "Does the motherboard need to be replaced?"...

    It may be damaged, so yes
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