Advice - bad RAM

Victor Padro vpadro at
Sun Sep 20 07:40:26 UTC 2009

On Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 8:20 PM, Chris Mohler <cr33dog at> wrote:
> OK, so my system has been increasingly unstable over the past week.  I
> was hoping that b/c I tend to install everything under the sun and
> hack it to bits that I was facing a software issue.  Symptoms: FF
> segfaults, various lookup symbol errors, XP (in VirtualBox) throwing
> BSoD, xorg crashing.
> I was thinking of doing a fresh install of 9.04 (currently 8.10
> upgraded from 8.04 - I usually do a clean install but I was just
> curious last time).  But before the install, I ran memtest86 and lo
> and behold there were 10 errors in the first minute.  I doubt this
> bodes well.   I'm doing some more research right now, but wanted to
> know if anyone has first-hand experience with dealing with (possibly)
> bad RAM.  I know that there is (or was) a kernel-level program for
> "sitting on" bad addresses - anyone used this?  Also - anyone ever
> have false positives with memtest86?
> I'm also probably hunting for new RAM - this machine is a Dell Vostro
> 1500 laptop.
> Thoughts, comments, advice welcome.
> Chris
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I had certain troubles like yours with my Dell Latitude and bought a
notebook cooler from Cooler Master and they dissapear...
Also sometimes switching the sticks and applying some dust remover helps.

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