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IRQL Not Less or Equal/Clock Watchdog Timeout

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    IRQL Not Less or Equal/Clock Watchdog Timeout


    Hello EightForums, I had recently installed 2 more modules of 4GB RAM, bringing my total up to 16GB. I have gotten a few BSOD's since then, two of them being IRQL_not_less_or_equal and Clock_watchdog_timeout. I tried manually setting the timings in my bios, and dropping my command rate for both sets of ram from 1 to 2. I'd appreciate it if you guys could look over the files.

    Best Regards,
    Joginder

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    You have 2 BSOD's: 1 caused by crss.exe and the other caused by: chrome.exe. With a random crash and you recently added 2 modules of RAM so it may be something wrong with the RAM.

    Are they the same brand and model # ? if not, they might have problem with timings. If they are, go into BIOS, relax the timings a little bit, make it 10-10-10-26-2T for example, and also manually set the voltage slightly higher to see if it cures the problem.

    BTW, When adding new RAM. It is also advisable that you run the memory diagnostic for at least 8-10 hours.
    Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    You have 2 BSOD's: 1 caused by crss.exe and the other caused by: chrome.exe. With a random crash and you recently added 2 modules of RAM so it may be something wrong with the RAM.

    Are they the same brand and model # ? if not, they might have problem with timings. If they are, go into BIOS, relax the timings a little bit, make it 10-10-10-26-2T for example, and also manually set the voltage slightly higher to see if it cures the problem.

    BTW, When adding new RAM. It is also advisable that you run the memory diagnostic for at least 8-10 hours.
    Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

    TopgunDCP, they are the same brand, Corsair LP, CML8GX3M2A1600C9, purchased from 2 different vendors and at different times. Thank you for the advice in memtest86+, I will try running it with the 2 original modules, and then the 2 new ones. Should I still be lowering the timings/bumping the voltage?
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    Sometimes if you have the voltage set in the BIOS to "Auto", it will not set to the correct value according to the RAM spec. For example, My RAM is required 1.65v and when using a program to monitor the voltage in Windows, it's set to 1.62V so I have to set it to 1.67v to get 1.65v shown in Windows. Unless you buy the RAM as a set that was previously tested by the vendor, there's also no guarantee that the timings is exactly the same even they are from same vendor & model, that's why I suggest to relax the timings a little bit. However, to avoid further complication, you should run the memtest.

    Cheers !!!
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    Thank you very much for your advice sir/ma'am. I will try playing around with the settings more and report back here with results. It is much appreciated.
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    Please do report back. It will help other members with the same problem.
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    I removed the 2 modules of RAM which were newer, running it fine for a while, and I got another bsod: Machine Check Exception.

    Attached is the file.

    Dunno whats wrong
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    I guess it's a RAM problem, but I'm not a specialist.


    It's not your case, but to get my overclocked DDR2 (800 >> 1000 MHz) stable I had to push voltage to 2.05v and relax timings from CL4 to CL5.

    Last edited by vrosa; 26 Mar 2013 at 21:25.
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    I suggest that you run memtest. Before you go to bed, make sure all the modules seated firmly into the MB, start the test and let it run over night without the new RAM. The BSOD this time is different from the 2 previous.
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    I think I found what might be causing the issues. The AMD Uninstall Utility for Catalyst has been wiping sections of the control panel for multiple users. Some have been reporting BSOD's as well. I think I will try to wipe my SSD clean, and reinstall windows completely. From: Win 8 users - WARNING about AMD Uninstallation Utility!

    I will try running memtest tonight, but I am now 90% sure this is the source of my problems, as sections of my control panel were missing as well, and I "refreshed", not reinstalled, windows.
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