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Strange BSOD when using 32GB RAM does not happen on 16GB

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    Strange BSOD when using 32GB RAM does not happen on 16GB

    I have been having this strange problem after constructing and installing Windows 8.1 onto my new PC.

    At first I couldn't ever get Windows to install, it kept giving a error about drivers, even though I had put in all the drivers I could find during install. After much fussing and frustration I decided to remove two sticks of RAM bringing my 32GB down to 16GB. It then allowed me to install the operating system.

    I have a Windows 8.1 Enterprise install disk and ISO so I know that the OS can handle 32GB. After it allowed me to install using just 16GB, I then swapped in the 2 sticks I took out just to see if the RAM was bad. It booted up fine and I played several high end games just to stress it out, no problems. I made sure I had all the latest drivers for my motherboard and the OS then put the extra 16GB of RAM back into the machine.

    When I do that I now get the following error:

    "The operating system could not be loaded because a critical system driver is missing."

    I have double checked that I have all the correct and updated drivers for the hardware in my system.

    What could I be missing?


    Derek C.

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Strange BSOD when using 32GB RAM does not happen on 16GB
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