Crashing Computer, Troubleshooting RAM: Partial Samples from the Tests

I bought a computer motherboard and it’s been crashing. Right now, I’m trying to figure out what’s wrong, by recording how long the computer is up before it crashes. I’m guessing that it’s bad RAM or a bad RAM slot. It’s been a few days of crashes, and I finally have some results. I said I’d post at 8 RAM configurations, but I went a bit over.  When the system is stable, it just takes a lot longer to record crashes. So, thankfully, there have been stable configurations.

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Crashing Computer, Troubleshooting RAM: Testing Coverage Matrix

I bought a motherboard online, as a spare, and didn’t install it for months. What I found was that I had a crashing computer.  The return period had passed, so I decided to try and stabilize the system.  I’m suspecting RAM. This is a series of blog posts about the process, which has taken days. Continue reading Crashing Computer, Troubleshooting RAM: Testing Coverage Matrix

Crashing Computer, Troubleshooting RAM: Swapping RAM Slots.

I bought a computer motherboard online, and found myself with a crashing computer. Unfortunately, because I took months to install the board, I missed the deadline to return the device. This series is about how I have been trying to resolve the problems, and stabilize my computer.

So far, I’ve cleaned out the dust, and changed the thermal grease compound on the CPU. Despite these changes, the system is still crashing.

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Crashing Computer. Underclocking to Improve Stability. Adding New Thermal Grease.

I bought a computer motherboard and didn’t install it for several month, well beyond my replacement period. Unfortunately, it was flaky, and I was stuck with a crashing computer. This series is about how I try to stablize my crashing computer. Continue reading Crashing Computer. Underclocking to Improve Stability. Adding New Thermal Grease.

Crashing Computer from Ebay. Cleaning Out the Dust from the CPU Cooler.

I bought a motherboard from Ebay, from wangrp, new – and I think it really was new – and finally installed it. It was a backup, but I didn’t test it, and should have. The board has been really crashy, and I cannot tell why. The return period is way over, so, I’m SOL, and probably out $50. Next time, I’ll just buy it from NewEgg. For now, I’m stuck with this crashing computer, and I want to see if I can get it stable. Continue reading Crashing Computer from Ebay. Cleaning Out the Dust from the CPU Cooler.