Computer help (in Off-topic)

Brakke Bres [Ow man] November 30 2006 2:44 PM EST

Im getting blue screens every so often, but it really happens when the pc is doing 3d applications. Games, etc.
That has something to do with my soundcard that damaged my memory.
And im getting the message that my network disconnects and reconnects all under 1 sec. Horrible for streaming internet applications.
First question i have.
Do i need to replace the soundcard or memory?
What is happening with my network?
lan card faulty?

Some specs:
C-media audio device
pc 3200 kingston memory 512 mb (two)
build-in lan by marvel-yukon, thats on a Asus K8V mainboard

AdminShade November 30 2006 2:46 PM EST

Try to shut down your PC, open the case and check every connection inside the PC. That might help.

I wouldn't know anything else which would rule out either one of your 3 problems.

QBSefton [Black Cheetah Bazaar] November 30 2006 2:50 PM EST

Most likely RAM.

Take one of them out and run the app that crashes, if crashes, repeat with other RAM in. If doesn't crash replace other RAM.

That most likley is it, not that it is for certain, but it is likely.

bartjan November 30 2006 2:53 PM EST

Run memtest86 for *at least* 24h before you can be reasonably sure it's not the memory that's at fault here. After that, start searching for other causes.

Before running memtest86 however, run some spyware tests as they are not known for making Windows more stable as it's already isn't.

AdminNightStrike November 30 2006 6:32 PM EST

I would check your CPU temp before anything else.

Brakke Bres [Ow man] November 30 2006 7:03 PM EST

cpu temp is good, i have a program, asus probe, that monitors that.

I did a memory test once, but a friend of mine says it only scans certain parts of the memory.

I tried replacing the RAM, which my pc didnt liked and wouldnt boot.

Restarting windows, doesnt fix it shade :S

Bah i need a new PC, or new parts :S

AdminNightStrike November 30 2006 9:22 PM EST

What CPU do you have, and what's the temp?

Brakke Bres [Ow man] December 1 2006 1:51 AM EST

AMD64 3200+ at 32 degrees C of (for you silly americans) 89F not to hot, not to cold

bartjan December 1 2006 2:57 AM EST

Henk: memtest86 is not "just a memory test"; it's a very thorough one...

Brakke Bres [Ow man] December 1 2006 3:29 AM EST

i shall try that one.

Brakke Bres [Ow man] December 7 2006 6:03 AM EST

owke i run some tests on my memory and it said my memory was damaged in a few sectors.
How did this happened?
And do i need to replace it or can i tell the PC to skip those damaged sectors

bartjan December 7 2006 6:13 AM EST

If it's a fixed set of bad memory addresses, and you're using Linux, you could try the badram patch. This kernel patch allows Linux to skip those bad bytes.

Bad memtest86 results does not mean that the memory itself is bad, it could also mean that the memory controller on the motherboard (err, CPU, as you're using an AMD) is bad, or that you did overclock something. If the addresses memtest86 reports as bad are varying all the time, then it's even more likely that it's the motherboard and not the memory.

Try again with only 1 module, or with a different module.
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