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Thread: BSOD several times a week. Too much memory for default BIOS settings?

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    Default BSOD several times a week. Too much memory for default BIOS settings?

    Several times a week, my Win-7-64-Pro-SP1 ASROCK Z68 crashes with a BSOD.

    The last time it happened (today), there was the following message:
    * A clock interrupt was not received on a secondary processor within the allocated time interval.

    * Tech Info: STOP: 0x00000100

    I'm didn't make a note of whether the other BSOD's had this same message or
    not ... sorry. If I had to guess, I would suspect it was the same problem,
    possibly with different hex addresses.

    Power settings:
    * Turn off display: after 1 hour
    * Put the computer to sleep: Never
    * Turn off hard drive: Never

    There doesn't seem to be a repeatable pattern to the BSOD's. Several times a week, it will have BSOD'ed overnight, generally with no activity going on. Less often, it BSOD's while I am using it for a variety of different activities. The computer is primiarily intended for heavy Photoshop CS5 post processing. I would estimate the system has BSOD'ed 15 to 20+ times over the past 6+ weeks.

    Suggestions appreciated. I am a newbie at tweaking BIOS settings.

    My uninformed speculation is that the 16gb of memory isn't getting the correct voltage, but that is just a guess. I've thought about removing two sticks of the 4gb DRAM and seeing if that makes a difference, but haven't done that yet. Also, the GeIL DRAM brand is unfamiliar to me, and may be no-name generic DRAM of marginal quality.

    I'm tempted to RMA most of the whole system (purchased from NewEgg), and start over with a different motherboard and/or different memory. I'm reluctant to do that because of the time involved to configure a new desktop system.
    • GeIL Enhance CORSA 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model GEC316GB1600C9QC
    • OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply
    • Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K
    • No video card, using HD-3000 embedded graphics on I7-2600K
    • OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC
    • Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
    • Rosewill FUTURE Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    • ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
    • Win-7-64-SP1-Pro, AVG 2012 anti-virus, Ad-Aware 2012
    • ASUS MT276HE Black 27" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
    • Samsung Syncmaster 245bw 24" LCD monitor

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    Default Re: BSOD several times a week. Too much memory for default BIOS settings?

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