So Unstable and driving me mad!!

WipeOut wipe_out at
Thu Nov 20 16:30:24 UTC 2008

Mark Haney wrote:
> WipeOut wrote:
>> Mark Haney wrote:
>>> Ah the joys of flakiness.  Try memtest86.  It's a good memory tester.
>>> Reseat all your hardware (video and memory are the biggest stability 
>>> culprits).
>>> Do a fsck on the drive too, to make sure the fs isn't funky.
>> Thanks Mark!!
>> I ran memtest86 off the Ubuntu install CD and it showed errors so I 
>> tested each memory module (I have 4x1GB modules) individually and one 
>> was throwing up errors.. Replaced just the working pair (2GB total) and 
>> the system feels SO much faster and things that weren't working now 
>> appear to be working..
>> Will see how stable it is now for the next few days but I think that was 
>> the problem and I am so glad I found it..
>> Thanks again..
> That's great  It's funny how often stability issues are memory related. 
>    That's why I suggested memtest as well as reseating the RAM and video 
> cards.  ESPECIALLY if you build your own systems, which I do.

I have always built up my own systems too but never had memory "half" 
work before.. Its always freaked the PC completely or worked perfectly.. 
This issue seemed to not cause the whole system to fail, just the apps 
had a tendency to become unstable..

Anyway, glad I was actually able to find something definitely wrong.. 
Makes me feel much better.. :)

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