RAM check - Followup question

Philip Juels pjuels at rics.bwh.harvard.edu
Mon Jan 30 05:20:31 PST 2006

There doesn't appear to be any bulging caps.  In fact, I tested the 
DIMMs on a different PC and memtest confirmed their faultiness.

Garrett Cooper wrote:

> On Fri, 27 Jan 2006, Philip Juels wrote:
>> Curious...the system is a Dell Optiplex GX270...RAM system is PC3200 
>> 2x512MB DIMMs in a the dual-channel arrangment.  If I run memtest 
>> against this setup, I get numerous errors.  However, if run memtest 
>> with only one DIMM installed (either one), I get no reported errors.  
>> Would this still be an issue with the DIMMs or something wrong with 
>> the mobo?
>> PJ
>> PS...pardon me for asking a hardware question on a FreeBSD list :-)
>> Philip Juels wrote:
>>> Thanks...I downloaded the iso and memtest confirmed that the system 
>>> has memory problems.
>>> PJ
>>> Noel Jones wrote:
>>>> On 1/26/06, Philip Juels <pjuels at rics.bwh.harvard.edu> wrote:
>>>>> I'm running into random seg faults during KDE and Gnome 
>>>>> compilation, and
>>>>> I and others on the list suspect faulty RAM.  Are there any utils out
>>>>> there that can test/diagnose RAM (aside from the laughable BIOS 
>>>>> POST).
>>>> http://www.memtest86.com/
>>>> http://www.memtest.org/
>>>> -- 
>>>> Noel Jones
> I'm not sure if my last reply made it onto the list, but consider 
> checking the motherboard to see if any capacitors are bulging (ie tops 
> aren't flat, see this article: 
> http://forums.us.dell.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=oplex_other&message.id=16841), 
> or see if putting the RAM into a different slot doesn't cure the issue.
> -Garrett
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