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possible memory problems

By Wraith
Dec 4, 2005
  1. im not really sure but i think i may have gotten a stick of memory with a few problems. i occasionally get that fabulous blue screen of death that windows xp is not supposed to have and i have decided to test my RAM. i have no idea how to do this so i would appreaciate some help...
     
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Download and run www.memtest.org

    Let is pass for 6 or 7 times. This will take a few hours, so sit back and relax as it does it's magic.
     
  3. Wraith

    Wraith TS Rookie Topic Starter

    do i have to run it off a boot floppy or anything? what i was asking for were instructions not just a program...
     
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    The instructions are on that page I linked you to.

    Memtest86+ comes in three different way, first is a pre-build bootable ISO, second is a bootable binary and third an installable package for creating a bootable floppy. Third version are compressed in .zip and .tar.gz.

    I typically use the bootable floppy version.

    I am trying REAL hard to be nice about that comment. You do realize that people here are VOLUNTEERING their help? A little appreciation goes a long way.
     
  5. Wraith

    Wraith TS Rookie Topic Starter

    sorry if i sounded a bit harsh there man, it's just that last time i asked for help in one of these forums someone totaly useless responded with everything i already knew...i specifically wanted instructions since memtest doesnt seem to have very good instructions itself...i can also be a bit acerbic sometimes...thank you for the help
     
  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Cheers. I can appreciate that. I get a bit nasty myself here and there, especially when short on coffee.

    And I will also agree that memtest does not really give great instructions on their site. Did you manage to figure it out? Let me know if you are having problems and how far you get. I can walk you through it if need be.
     
  7. Wraith

    Wraith TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i haven't had a chance to do it yet...need my dad to bring me a floppy from his office first, if i have any problems i'll make sure to ask you about 'em...thanks for understanding too
     
  8. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    If you have a CD RW drive, you can also make a bootable CD and do it that way. Either way works.
     
  9. Wraith

    Wraith TS Rookie Topic Starter

    how do i make a bootable cd?
     
  10. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Go to www.memtest.org and download

    Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)

    Unzip the file to your desktop.

    What burning software to you have for your CDRW drive? I am not at a computer with a CDRW so I can't tell you the exact steps, but you want to use your burning software to burn that .iso file to a blank CD-R disk. This will create a bootable CD.

    Then put the newly made CD into your CD drive and reboot your system. It SHOULD automatically run the memtest program BEFORE loading windows. If it doesn't, then either:

    a) you didn't burn the CD correctly. If you have problems with this step, I'll be back home in about 3 hours and can open up Nero (my burning software) to tell you exactly what you need to select.

    b) you need to go into your bios and check that your computer boots from

    1. floppy
    2. CD drive
    3. Hard drive

    IN THAT ORDER.
     
  11. Renosh

    Renosh TS Rookie Posts: 27

    Help burning ISO for memtest..

    i was wondering if anyone can give me directions on how to burn the ISO for memtest.. i dont have a disk on my comp, so i decided to burn the unzipped file on to cd but it does not seem to work..
     
  12. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

  13. Renosh

    Renosh TS Rookie Posts: 27

    thanks that was really helpfull.. how many times should i run the memtest.. i just got blue screen today and yesterday
     
  14. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    I'd run it for 6 or 7 passes. It'll take a few hours, just to warn you in advance.
     
  15. Renosh

    Renosh TS Rookie Posts: 27

    thanks i need to run it these are the error messages i kept get.. basically i think its the same.. really appreciate your help

    DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

    STOP0x000000d1(0xF7144f18, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0xf70f2d90)

    A3AB.SYS - ADDRESS F7144F18 BASE AT F70DD000, DATESTAMP 4240DFCC
    A3AB.SYS - ADDRESS F70F2D90 BASE AT F70DD000, DATESTAMP 4240DFCC

    TODAY(Dec 4,05)
    BCCode : 100000d1 BCP1 : F7144F18 BCP2 : 00000002 BCP3 : 00000000
    BCP4 : F70F2D90 OSVer : 5_1_2600 SP : 2_0 Product : 256_1

    C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERb66f.dir00\Mini120405-01.dmp
    C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERb66f.dir00\sysdata.xml

    YESTERDAY(Dec 3,05)
    BCCode : 100000d1 BCP1 : F7144F18 BCP2 : 00000002 BCP3 : 00000000
    BCP4 : F70F2D90 OSVer : 5_1_2600 SP : 2_0 Product : 256_1


    C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER9c05.dir00\Mini120305-01.dmp
    C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER9c05.dir00\sysdata.xml


    LAST MONTH
    BCCode : 100000d1 BCP1 : F7144F18 BCP2 : 00000002 BCP3 : 00000000
    BCP4 : F70F2D90 OSVer : 5_1_2600 SP : 2_0 Product : 256_1

    Technical Information:

    C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERaa8e.dir00\Mini103105-01.dmp
    C:\DOCUME~1\ADMINI~1\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERaa8e.dir00\sysdata.xml


    Error code 100000d1, parameter1 f7144f18, parameter2 00000002, parameter3 00000000, parameter4 f70f2d90.
     
  16. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Renosh,

    I'd recommend starting a NEW thread with this info. It just helps to avoid confusion if we stick with one problem / thread.

    I hope you get things fixed up!
     
  17. Renosh

    Renosh TS Rookie Posts: 27

    ok thanks.. is it suppose to make a sound when running memtest... it came on for like 25 secs and the sound went away :|
     
  18. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    What kind of sound? Where was it coming from?

    I don't think that memtest has any sound files. Could be wrong.
     
  19. Renosh

    Renosh TS Rookie Posts: 27

    i am just running mem test and it came from my computer.. its like a squeaking sound.. it was on for like 25 secs..
     
  20. Wraith

    Wraith TS Rookie Topic Starter

    im having some trouble trying to get the iso thingy to work...it wont let me click next...any advice?
     
  21. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Wraith, what exactly to you mean when you say you can't get the .iso thingy to work?

    What are you trying to do with it? What software is not lettting you click next?
     
  22. Renosh

    Renosh TS Rookie Posts: 27

    it seems to be making the sound on every test#5 at 10% and ending at 100%
    its already passed 3 test.. when i get to 7 will it stop automatically or do i just press esc?
     
  23. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Once it finishes all the tests 6 or 7 times, you have to manually stop the test or it'll go on forever.

    And I have just learned that memtest does have a "beep on error" function. Haven't found out any info on what they mean. It is reporting zero errors?
     
  24. Renosh

    Renosh TS Rookie Posts: 27

    ya it says pass 4 errors 0
     
  25. Wraith

    Wraith TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the first one...iso recorder or whatever
     
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