ledoktre wrote:Got the ram thing figured out. Thought I'd post here for everyone just in case it might help someone.
Here's how I got it figured out finally.
I had memtest86+ 4.2 on a thumb drrive. Tried it, but it didn't recognize ivy bridge cpu's. So I downloaded the 5.0 b1. It did recognize it, and it was humming along just fine. I thought, wow, its working the ram over, wonder if its generating any heat. I ever so gently felt the keys on the keyboard, and the page filled with errors and rebooted. Ok, thats not cool! I re-ran it, and sure enough when I touched the keyboard (and not pressing any keys mind you) it errored and rebooted. So now I'm thinking, did I somehow install the ram incorrectly, and when I press the keyboard, its shorting out???
This was really concerning me, so I pulled it apart and reinstalled the stock ram. Ran the same test, SAME THING. So now I have no idea whats causing it (a bug in the program?). I thought, well, why not try booting up, whats to lose? I was surprised to find out it booted right up, no problem. So now all I know is it boots with 4gb ram, but is dog slow with 16. Bad ram? Don't know, couldn't get the test to run right.
I decided that maybe I should try it again, perhaps it just needed to be reseated or something. Swapped the 4 for my 2 8's. Tried booting, slow again. I started poking around the bios and my solution ended up being that I found an option in the bios (and I have no idea why!) that was enabled, something to the effect "remap all ram above 4gb". I disabled it, and wouldn't ya know it, speed is fine again.
Now just debating on if I want to run Mint 14 or LMDE. I had tried installing Mint 14, but it just sorta hangs during the bootup. LMDE seems to install straight away, so it looks like we've got a winner!
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