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Bad Memory Causes Random Hanging and Blue Screen of Death

For a long time, my Asus G46VW gaming laptop keeps end up at the blue screen of death on Windows 8.1. Some times, it would just hang. And I can never finish a game of League of Legends (LOL), before it would crash out to desktop. I thought my Windows 8.1 has been corrupted. So I attempted to reset the laptop to factory. But on a fresh Windows 8.1 install, the problem continued!

That's quite unusual on a fresh OS install. That usually means something is wrong with hardware. And that usually means it's a memory problem! Should have thought of that before doing a fresh install.

Lesson learned... before doing a fresh OS install, always run memory check.

I had installed two 8GB RAM modules in this computer for a total 16 GB of memory. I pulled out one RAM stick. I rebooted the computer to MemTest86. After its grilling test, it showed 1 error on the first RAM stick.

Next, I pulled out the first RAM stick and put in the second RAM stick. I ran MemTest86 again. Before it had even completed the test, it showed 177 error!

I put the better RAM stick in the first slot and put back the worse RAM stick in the second slot. For now, the computer is working somewhat reliably. Maybe when the RAM drops in price, I'll replace them both.

Sat, 22 Aug 2015 15:21:29 +0400

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