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Old January 26th, 2011, 10:08 PM
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Uh Oh - "Hardware Problems Were Detected"

I received this message when running Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool. Full message says to contact the manufacturer which I am not going to do since it is out of warranty. I do not notice any problem on my end. Is there something I could/should do?

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Old January 27th, 2011, 12:22 AM
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Need more info is that all it said? Did it identfy the hardware? When running windows memory diagnostic it only checks the memory and if an error is found it tells you i.e., Failed.

Did you see any "Failed" entries?

How did you run the program? That error is telling you one of your memory sticks may be failing.
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Old January 27th, 2011, 04:01 AM
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I set it to run on start up and what I gave you is exactly what it said. I thought it was odd myself. No memory sticks are attached. Should I run it a different way?
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Old January 27th, 2011, 05:38 AM
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Windows memory test your internal system memory called RAM, memory on your motherboard.

Its telling you something is wrong with your system memory.

I think maybe your confused and maybe ran a diagnostic on your hard drive. Tell us exactly what you did and how you told it to start.
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Old January 28th, 2011, 12:50 AM
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Does this help? It is a report from the "Problem Reports and Solutions" section of Control Panel

Description
The results of running the Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool were submitted to Microsoft for analysis and product improvement

Problem signature
Problem Event Name: MemDiagV1
Range of memory size: 2048
Launch type: Manual
Schedule type: Deferred
Completion type: Fail
Test type: Standard
Failed tests: 75
Range of number of bad pages: 5
Test duration in seconds: 600
OS Version: 6.0.6001.2.1.0.768.3
Locale ID: 1033

Files that help describe the problem
MemDiag.bin

View a temporary copy of these files
Warning: If a virus or other security threat caused the problem, opening a copy of the files could harm your computer.
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Old January 28th, 2011, 03:52 AM
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If I read that entry right, windows says there's a problem with your memory.

Download and burn a copy of memtest86. Get the ISO version and burn it using the burn image option in your burning software.

you need to then boot the system from the cd. (you may need to change the boot order in the bios so the cd/dvd drive is first.) You'll be presented with three options, pick the best one for your system (I'd suggest 1 or 3) and the tests will automatically run until you stop it. Let the test run for at least one cycle (this may take quite awhile).

**If you are overclocking, make sure to set ram and cpu back to stock speeds before running the test

If the test fails (and you have more than one module installed), remove one and run the test on each stick individually. that will tell you which stick is bad.
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