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Old 20th August, 2005, 01:48 AM
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Originally Posted by gizmo
Did you run BurnK7, like I suggested? If not, it's worth a try. Also, unless you ran the torture test in Memtest86 (all of the tests, not just the standard set, I think it's called the exhaustive test or something like that) you can't rule out a memory problem. I've had systems in the past that would pass Memtest's standard tests just fine, but would still exhibit random instability like what you are seeing. When I ran the full test, it turned up the problem.

I'm not convinced it is your hard drive, simply because those drives keep internal data on how many read and write failures they've had. That information would have been reported in the diagnostics. In order for the drive to fail to report a data error when it actually had one, the drive controller electronics would have to be so unreliable that it would be unlikely to even take a format, much less let you install Windows and a whole bunch of drivers and patches before crashing.
That's not true, my HDD displayed the exact same characteristics when it was dying.
Vok, use your drives S.M.A.R.T. capabilities and try another drive. I'm almost 100% sure your troubles will go away. Use memtest86+ and run tests 5 for a while and then test 8. These are the ones that will display most of your errors if there are any memory failure.
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