Possible Problem with RAM?

By Chriss
Dec 24, 2009
  1. Hi,

    I built a pc for my mate around 6 months ago. Now since then I've had endless problems with it, which i've never had with any other PC i've built. Firstly, when I first got it, the monitor had red lines down the screen. After reading around, this seamed to be a common problem with the graphics card (Palit HD 4850) so it was replaced. This was fine. I then installed Windows vista, Which took a very long time (Probably around 5 mins just to get onto the Install Windows screen when inserting the CD). I still don't know why this happened. After installing, it was fine. A few months ago, one of the ram modules died.
    2gb was used for a while, until they were both sent off. Now they are back, but there is a problem. 4gb was put in. There are now artifacts on the screen right from when it starts to boot, and windows blue screen on start up. I was wondering, Could the ram cause this at all, or is it the graphics card again?

    I am honestly not sure atm. I can't test the parts until I get back, but I just hope its not the graphics card again, as it will take ages to send off.


    Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
    CPU - E8400
    Ram - 4GB DDR2 OCZ Gold Edition
    PSU - OCZ PSU 500SXS StealthXStream 500W
    Graphics card - Palit HD 5850

  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    have you ever checked your PSU? perhaps you have a bad PSU?

    do you overclock?
  3. Chriss

    Chriss TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Possible Problem with Ram

    Nope never checked the PSU as I don't have a PSU tester. And no havn't overclocked on that system.
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    ram generally doesn't cause graphics issues. could be a driver issue. if you think you have bad ram, test it with memtest 86+ for 7 passes.

    reseat your graphics card.
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