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Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by seern, Dec 18, 2011.
Thanks for that suggestion. I am getting ubuntu now and will do that test on each dimm in each slot.
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Yeah, you need to test each DIMM on its own. That's the only way to isolate the issue to a particular DIMM.
Thanks Merg, I was planning to do that this coming weekend when I am off again. This HP has 2 slots so I just have to figure which is the primary slot then use it to do the test on each. Should not be to had. I feel the hardest part will be getting BestBuy to accept my testing of the dimms so I don't have to haul the whole thing into the store.
These days, it's very easy to separate the OS and hardware for diagnostics.
You can use a live CD or USB flash to run a desktop Linux installation without doing any harm to your Windows setup.
If your hardware performs under Linux without problems, then you know you have a Windows software issue.
Thanks Marlin Guy, that was my plan with the ubuntu disc that I burned. Boot from it and use it to test each of the dimms.
For memory testing, consider using MemTest86+. You use a boot CD for it, but it is a very comprehensive memory test app.
Thanks Merg, I will go find and dl it.
It's on Ubuntu CD, you don't need to search for it.
It's also on the Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD), which has a lot of other good tools.
I just remembered the HP desktop I have had an extensive system test that ran monthly or so. . . HP Care or something like that.
I lost it when I installed Win7. It might be worth a call to HP to see if you can download it. I didn't find it on the support website after a quick check.
The HP still has on-board software to test various functions but memory is not one of them. I am going to run ubuntu this weekend, and if it shows memory issues I will just replace it. Right now two 4 gig DDR3 dimms are going for about $45 on Newegg so its no biggie to replace both of them.
i cant tell you anything that everyone else hasnt already. but i had the same problem. mine turned out to be a bad memory stick. i took out all the memory and replaced them one at a time until i found the bad one. newegg.com is a great place to buy computer parts. ive spent a small fortune there over the years
JcT21, I agree on Newegg. The last 2 computers that I had were built by me with parts purchased from them. This time around I just got lazy and bought this HP and wish I had taken the time to build it myself.
New, faster memory dimms are now installed and so far are functioning without any issues. Will take the next week or so to see if this has corrected my problems.
I would run burning test [Mem86] for own confidence for 12 hours;
waiting when something crashed during important build ... nay, bad idea.