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 I have a question, if one of the memory sticks I use was going bad, I'd notice overall instability right? Not just on boot-up or shut-down?

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 I have a question, if one of the memory sticks I use was going bad, I'd notice overall instability right? Not just on boot-up or shut-down?

RAM either works or it doesn't so either you wouldn't get a boot or Windows would tell you you're only loading a quantity of RAM equal to that of the functioning DIMM

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sometimes you can notice absolutely nothing and still have a bad memory stick

 

the only way to be sure is to run memtest

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Not sure what your issue may be, but I've had a bad DIMM slot, where I received errors with any stick in one slot. Best to test all together, and individually. If you have a spare PC to use, try to let each test run 12-24 hrs each. I've seen errors pop up after a few passes on Memtest.


Edit: Like @Enderman stated, you can have bad RAM and not realize it. Your issues occur when you access the bad section of whichever stick(s) that are faulty. You can still boot with bad RAM if the faulty chips aren't in use during boot.

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What everyone else said - if it dies, it's dead, and your computer just won't use it when it boots up. It'll only use working sticks.

If a stick of RAM dies while the machine is running and powered on, you'll just crash and burn.

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You are incorrect. You can have a single memory chip give issues on a DIMM, not being used during bootup, and still boot. I see it all the time. I wanted to clarify so the OP doesn't become confused. It can cause instability, but it may not until the faulty chip is accessed. If the faulty chip isn't always being accessed, and fails when accessed, that is going to create seemingly sporadic issues.

If OP suspects RAM issues, check RAM. Ideally, check together and individually.

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Unless your running a server, it doesn't matter, it works, it works.

 

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You are incorrect. You can have a single memory chip give issues on a DIMM, not being used during bootup, and still boot. I see it all the time. I wanted to clarify so the OP doesn't become confused. It can cause instability, but it may not until the faulty chip is accessed. If the faulty chip isn't always being accessed, and fails when accessed, that is going to create seemingly sporadic issues.

If OP suspects RAM issues, check RAM. Ideally, check together and individually.

 

no

sometimes you can notice absolutely nothing and still have a bad memory stick

 

the only way to be sure is to run memtest

I've ran one and a half passes on memtest and nothing popped up. Memory should be allocated randomly yes but I doubt it would happen after a month and in 1-week intervals that I get a BSOD on boot-up or upon shutting down. Was just curious

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I've ran one and a half passes on memtest and nothing popped up. Memory should be allocated randomly yes but I doubt it would happen after a month and in 1-week intervals that I get a BSOD on boot-up or upon shutting down. Was just curious

http://superuser.com/questions/547822/how-many-passes-are-enough-with-memtest

 

it might not be your ram then, maybe its just your windows installation?

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http://superuser.com/questions/547822/how-many-passes-are-enough-with-memtest

 

it might not be your ram then, maybe its just your windows installation?

I reinstalled it today. Hoping for the best. HDD is also fine. The first time it was a NTFS_File_System_Error. 2nd time it was a CLFS.SYS Error with the tag Thread_Exception_Not_Handled

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