Blue Screen - My Post Of 29Th Jan

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MichaelZZ | 16:59 Thu 21st Feb 2013 | Computers
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Further to the comments made in the above post and the original question re BSOD to which it refers, I have now received two replacement memory modules from Corsair. During the couple of weeks that I've been waiting for these I have been running my PC on just the one memory module that I purchased from my local computer shop.
I removed this memory module and inserted the two new Corsair ones. Sadly, I very quickly encountered Blue Screen issues. If I run my system with just one of these sticks, in either slot (it doesn't matter which), I don't have any BSOD problems.
My question (I hope it is not a silly question) is this: Now that I have got two matching brand new memory modules in place, should I do (another) clean install of Windows (Vista Home Premium 64 bit) and will this resolve my Blue Screen issues?


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"and will this resolve my Blue Screen issues?"
Doubt it very much. The fact that the machine works OK with either memory module but not with both would seem to indicate some sort of motherboard timing issue.
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That was quick! Thanks, Rojash.
I can see a visit to my friendly computer shop looming!
Have you tried booting off a disk with a memory check program in it ? It may pinpoint issues.

It does sound to be the computer though. They don't normally crash out if you put too much memory in them. Worth checking the manual though to see if you are over the top of what it can cope with.
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Thanks for your comment, OG.
I've had the computer for 4 years now without any problems - until last month. The replacement memory modules are identical in every way to the originals.
I think I'll get the board checked.
Rojash may well be correct, but as a further check you could try resetting the CMOS / BIOS configuration to default configuration settings.

Also, if that does not work, if the motherboard supports DUAL Channel memory, you could try testing with that function disabled from within the CMOS / BIOS configuration settings.

A third option is to run the MemTest86 memory checker on the system as OG suggests and see if that detects anything. Suggest you run it with a single memory module in each slot alternately, then with both in place. Let it run for some time.

Memtest86 iso (initially in .zip form), from which you can create/burn a Bootable startup disk, is available from:

As a matter of interest, what BSOD Error message number is displayed?

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Thanks for your reply pinky. Sorry I've not got back to you earlier but my computer has been working OK on just one of the 2GB memory modules over the weekend. I have just installed the second stick and after a few minutes I got a Blue Scree with the Stop Code 0x0000000A and the comment at the top of the screen "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL".
Just to repeat some earlier comments - which you can also see in my previous posts on this subject -
I'm running Vista Home Premium 64 bit
The PC is just over 4 years old
Until last month it worked fine then I started getting BSOD issues.
I ran Memtest86+ using the memory sticks individually and together and found errors on both sticks.
As these were under "lifetime warranty" I returned them to Corsair who, after only a little bit of arguing, replaced them. In the meantime I purchased from my friendly local computer shop a 2GB stick and that worked fine.

Any further comments would be appreciated.


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