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The-Bleh-Bleh

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#1 11 years ago

I had run memtest86 after I noticed that the blue screen of death was becoming quite frequent. The error on the bluescreen was "IRQL_LESS_OR_NOT_EQUAL" I don't have the error code, sorry. But anyway, after the help of forumers, I ran memtest86. It came up with over 270 memory errors for each run through. So a couple questions: - Is the problem definitely the ram itself? Can memtest ever be wrong? - We only got the laptop a year ago, but the warranty just ended. Do you think HP would still cover a replacement? Thanks a ton for any help! :bows:




ConstanceJill

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#2 11 years ago
The-Bleh-Bleh;3798943- Is the problem definitely the ram itself? Can memtest ever be wrong?

Unless the RAM is ok but there is some dust preventing good contacts or something like that, memtest cannot be wrong. And it's not even in that case, cause there are indeed errors while reading / writing to RAM, only it might not always be the modules themselves that are faulty.




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#3 11 years ago

I have to disagree here: All software can have an issue including MEMTEST. It is possible that it isn't the ram, but the motherboard interface itself. This is where you run into a problem: You have to discern the issue just like a car. There is a place to start, and that is as easy a place as any. A car doesn't start, you know it is one of a few things, you start with the cheapest and hope. Here is what a tech is going to do. He is going to run a ram test just like you did. He is going to put in a new ram module, and run the test again. If it doesn't come up with an issue, he will tell you it was ram and go no further. If it blue screens again, he is going to go to the motherboard and look at the capacitors and so on. Then he will run pc Dr. or some other software to test the rest of the board on a software level. That's about the size of it.




C38368

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#4 11 years ago

memtest86+ is, much like P95's stress test, never wrong. If it throws errors, something is up with your memory or the controller. I suppose it could be an issue with dirty contacts, which would make for an easy fix. Or it could be due to something more insidious.




ConstanceJill

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#5 11 years ago
~Merrick;3799210[...] It is possible that it isn't the ram, but the motherboard interface itself.

True. Anyway memtest doesn't say "your ram is bad", it reports errors. So it's not wrong, wherever the errors come from.




*The.Doctor

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#6 11 years ago
The-Bleh-Bleh - Is the problem definitely the ram itself? Can memtest ever be wrong? - We only got the laptop a year ago, but the warranty just ended. Do you think HP would still cover a replacement?

I would say the problem is with the ram, yes.

If the warranty ended, there probably not going to cover it. And a one year warranty on a laptop? That seems a bit short, you should've gotten a extended warranty.

How many ram sticks are in your laptop? If there's two, try taking one out and running Memtest and see what errors you get, that should tell you which one is bad.




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#7 11 years ago

I doubt memtest is wrong and your RAMs are fine




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#8 11 years ago
arcadeplayer987;3800374I doubt memtest is wrong and your RAMs are fine

Ok .. Original poster said: memtest failed the ram. You are telling him you doubt memtest is wrong and that his ram is fine. Care to change that ?




The-Bleh-Bleh

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#9 11 years ago

I think he arcade player is saying he doesn't think the ram is fine. He's saying he doubts there's a problem with memtest. Anyway, thanks for the help. So I assume the best idea is to bring it to a tech, let them figure out whether it's the ram, controller, etc.?




*The.Doctor

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#10 11 years ago
The-Bleh-Bleh Anyway, thanks for the help. So I assume the best idea is to bring it to a tech, let them figure out whether it's the ram, controller, etc.?

I would try what i suggested first, if you have two ram sticks, take one out and test the remaining stick. Then repeat for the other. That would tell you which one is bad.

If not, i would starting looking at buying some new ram.




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