I recently purchased these components:
Asus M5 A97 R2.0 Motherboard Corsair DDR3 1866 MHz RAM 4X8GB (CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10R) AMD 8-core FX 8150 Processor
I have an existing hard drive with Windows 7 64-bit that runs great, plus additional WD Cavier Green HDs for testing. I have extra RAM as well for testing.
I put the system together (with ample power) and upon booting to Windows I get a brief (not enough time to read) blue screen and system failure (reboot cycles).
I've fiddled with the MemOK! option on the board as well as used the AI Tweaker to adjust memory settings to no avail. I ran memory test on RAM with mixed results. Once it passed (all four 8 GB sticks and once it failed with hardware failure message).
I've tested existing sticks of RAM (both on the QVL compatibility matrix and not, both failing to boot with same blue screen, brief message and reboot cycle) and I've tried to reinstall Windows 7 on a new WD drive (mentioned above) with installation failures.
The computer I'm on now is running the versions of Windows 7 so I'm convinced the hard drive is good.
What is going on? I'm leaning towards the motherboard being faulty on arrival. I'm tempted to return all the components I bought and start over, but I'm not sure if this is the right choice. I'm no hardware expert, but I've built my share of systems and never run into this kind of issue.
I've read a bit about this motherboard giving nonspecific errors on boot with this RAM, so I'm a bit suspicious, but not really sure. I currently run similar RAM, so I've got a bit of experience with Corsair DDR... I really don't want to waste a whole bunch of time troubleshooting these components but I like them too, which is why I bought them in the first place.
Any tricks to sort this out?
I went ahead and bought another motherboard (Gigabyte GA-970A-D3), because that was my hunch. I installed the hardware and the system booted just fine. OK, so far, so good. Then, for thoroughness, I ran the memory diagnostic in Windows boot and it told me there was a memory hardware problem.
The system runs good, except that it did reboot on its own after a power error (kernel power failure) and now I have these memory errors. So now either all the memory I've tested is somehow defective or there is another problem I haven't seen yet. I'm tempted to send back the memory and go with another brand but I don't want to seem hasty.
I'm thinking I should probably run a more sophisticated memory test so I can get more details. But I want to try to figure out if there is really a memory problem or if the hard drive, for example, could be somehow bad. Running
chkdsk now to see if this turns up any errors.
chkdsk /f of all partitions come up clean. Not sure if this means 100% that the disk is good, but it's a start. I think I'm leaning towards replacing the memory as well on this system.