09-02-2010 07:53 PM
A couple weeks ago I had a BSOD. Prior thereto, no problems that I recall. I was able to recover and boot into windows but it never worked properly. I thought it must be a registry or driver corruption error, so I reinstalled windows. Everything worked great for about a week and a half. Then I was using the computer and a BSOD hit. I couldn't boot after that, not even into Safe mode. I figured it was hardware. I reformatted the drive and reinstalled windows. Everything is running, although I haven't updated drivers yet.
I ran Seatools for windows. All the short tests passed but the long DST failed. I was issued a special code for RMA. So I ran the Seatools for DOS using a CD. Both short and long tests passed. Now I've run the Seatools for Windows and everything is passing now. So now I can't decide whether to RMA or not.
I've also run Memtest overnight and it stopped with one error at 130% coverage. I haven't had a chance to start pulling out sticks and running them one at a time yet to see if there is a RAM error (or worse).
Should I RMA the hard-drive regardless of the memtest results? I'm inclined to think that any fail would be a signal of degradation and ultimate replacement. On the other hand, getting a refurbished drive doesn't exactly excite me either.
Shuttle SX48P2 E
Intel Core Duo 3.12GHZ Wolfdale
Corsair 4x1GB DDR2 6400 with 5-5-5-12 timings
EVGA 8800 GTS
Seagate 7200.11 640 GB
WD Caviar SE16 320GB
Windows 7 Ultimate