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support, RAM question

Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:55 pm

My mobo produces 1 beep from time to time when I'm on the desktop, surfing the web, etc. Research told me this was a RAM issue. So I checked out my ram in the system info. My physical memory installed says unavailable. Is than issue?


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Re: support, RAM question

Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:06 pm

Definitely time for a Memtest run:
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Re: support, RAM question

Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:15 pm

What did you run to get your report?

Mine says this:

More details about my computer

Component Details Subscore Base score
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600S CPU @ 2.80GHz 7.5 6.8
Determined by lowest subscore

Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB 7.6
Graphics AMD Radeon HD 6570 6.8
Gaming graphics 4855 MB Total available graphics memory 6.8
Primary hard disk 68GB Free (102GB Total) 7.7
Windows 7 Professional


Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
Model h8-1020
Total amount of system memory 8.00 GB RAM
System type 64-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 4


Total size of hard disk(s) 1342 GB
Disk partition (C:) 68 GB Free (102 GB Total)
Disk partition (D:) 773 GB Free (920 GB Total)
Media drive (E:) CD/DVD
Disk partition (F:) 70 MB Free (100 MB Total)
Disk partition (G:) 62 GB Free (298 GB Total)
Disk partition (H:) 1 GB Free (11 GB Total)
Disk partition (N:) 10 GB Free (10 GB Total)
Disk partition (R:) 950 MB Free (1021 MB Total)


Display adapter type AMD Radeon HD 6570
Total available graphics memory 4855 MB
Dedicated graphics memory 1024 MB
Dedicated system memory 0 MB
Shared system memory 3831 MB
Display adapter driver version 8.851.0.0
Primary monitor resolution 1440x900
DirectX version DirectX 10


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Network Adapter 802.11n Wireless LAN Card
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Re: support, RAM question

Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:11 pm

A single beep from the system can be almost anything, or a warning from Windows itself. Try to think of EXACTLY what you were doing immediately before that beep happened. Did you click on an inactive window, did the system stall for a little bit? It may seem odd, but this is critical to note.

Issues with RAM more commonly come as a system stability problem (BSOD, random errors).

For example, undervolted & improper clocked RAM will not MemTest or function correctly ... but is perfectly fine. It took a while to properly volt and time my system (OCZ RipJaws on a Gigabyte P55A-UD3). Once i got the timing right, the memory was fine.

This was true back in the day when OCZ stuck to 2.1v memory in DDR2 DIMMs (this is my actual system from back in the day):

Once I volted to 1.6v on each dimm, the system was back to normal.
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Re: support, RAM question

Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:19 pm

I've seen systems stalls caused by a flaky hard drive result in beeping. Does the system still seem responsive, or are there system "hiccups" around the time the beep occurs?
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