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Startup Issues with K7VM4

I've been asked to look at a PC (with the K7VM4 motherboard) which wouldn't start up. Numerous attempts failed and I eventually reinstalled Windows after swapping the memory for some known working DIMMS (same spec) from a different PC.. All is then fine at this point. All Windows updates were installed fine etc. However, I swapped the memory back to confirm that it was at fault and the PC either got halfway through startup and restarted or came up with the blank screen everyone else describes. My query is that when I put the known working memory back in, the problem persists until I reinstall Windows again. If this is the case, I can't nail it down to a memory fault can I? Any other suggestions before I replace the M/B?

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  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer May 11, 2010

    Yes, it is true. Rare, but true. Probably moreso on older systems though as it was an older system I had that happen to me on once.

  • Filip Eastman May 11, 2010

    before you change m/b I think you should try this memtest.
    download it, unzip it and burn the iso file to a cd. then boot the computer with the CD and a test of your memory will appear. if you dont get any error in a half, to an hour your memory is fine.



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I have seen alot of computer with fault ram that messed up the OS.

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Yep ... memtest would be a good place to start. never seen faulty RAM corrupt the OS before though!

Posted on Jul 17, 2008

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    learn something every day :-)



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