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memtest86 question

Discussion in 'Software' started by greenbrucelee, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    I had a BSOD the other day which after using the windows debug software which Zeb linked me to it said it was a memory reference error.

    I ran memtest86 for 4 passes which was almost 4 hours worth of testing and it brought up no errors.

    Am I safe to assume that my RAM is safe? or should I have ran memtest86 for longer?

    I am just confused as to what th error was linked to. Could it have just been one of those random things that you get sometimes or something more serious?
     
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    I'd say that your memory's fine. Might be worth running the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool, but memtest is pretty definitive in my experience.
     
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    I have used memtest86 besfore and found it a good tool, I hate it when you get errors that seem to be random.
     
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    I woudn't worry about it, its only happened the once, and bsod happen not matter how stable a system is.
     
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    I am one of those people that like to know why things happen. It happened just as I had booted up and doubleclicked on firefox when the AV app was still loading into memory. Maybe that caused a bottleneck.
     
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    Did you check you Event Viewer for the time it happened?

    This can show what is going wrong. Had you installed any new software?
     
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    event viewer didn't have anything in it, although there was dump file which is what I used with the windows debug software.

    No nothing new installed on that day, I had however re-installed crysis the day before.
     
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    What Anti-virus software are you using?
     
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    I run ESET smart security and adaware.
     
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    Never used that before.
    Is it heavy on proccessing power? If so, if it was running a scan, while you was doing other things, mght of maxed the CPU causing it to Blue screen
     
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    ESET uses the smallest amount of processing power I have seen in a security app. I didn't do anything apart from double click on firefox imediately after signing in to windows, it could have been that I did it too quickly as other apps etc will have still been loading.
     
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    It's hard to diagnose the problem without the exact error message that was shown.
    You said you checked the event viewer, were there any application errors/warnings?
     
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    THis was the thread I posted about event viewer not showing anything http://www.certforums.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=30534

    All I had was the dump file which when debugged showed a memory reference error but it didn't point to a specific app or hardware issue that caused the BSOD.
     
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    Not sure then mate.
    Might just be a one off.
    Would like to know if you find out though :)
     
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    if I do I'll let you konw:D
     
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    I agree with that anaysis GBL. Also windows isnt perfect, no OS is or ever will be. So strange things will happen from time to time, so there's no sense in pulling your hair out over a one off crash :wink:

    I try and wait a few minutes after the desktop loads before i start to use any computer.
     
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    I also usually wait a minute or two before doing anything, for some reason I didn't that time:blink
     
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    greenbrucelee,

    Once upon a time, you were having the following issue....
    Source: Post #15 of "Strange issue with DVD drive" thread - http://www.certforums.co.uk/forums/showpost.php?p=259104&postcount=15

    This time you were having memory problems, the other time you had DVD issues. One common factor is Crysis
    . Do you play Crysis in multiplayer mode?
     
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    Crysis is just a coincidence, the dvd drives I had that didn't work were faulty this time it has to be because I tried starting my browser before everything was loaded. Anyway when the dvd drives were not working it was crysis 2 that I had installed at the time.
     
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