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    Default Im wondering if i have a virus?

    Ive had a double negative today,Ijust got 4 more gigs of ram i installed in my workstation and booted into my vista drive which ran a boot error and my wd black was pronounced dead.

    I booted into my opensuse 11.2 drive to look for new windows hdd and banshee kept telling me to update with yast but since i dont use it i told it to go to hell.well few mins later i was at new egg and tabs shot across the browser and started freezing the system. fire fox poped up an error saying somthing about closing 205 tabs but then the system froze and i had to push the button.

    I dont download anything on the computerand only visit new egg or tiger direct,other then that its strickly a 3d workstation.

    im on my other comp and im wondering if this has happened before and is an os error or if its a virus?

    i have some of my models that havent been backed up dont know if i should try or just forgett about them and wipe the drive clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Customize View Post
    Ive had a double negative today,Ijust got 4 more gigs of ram i installed in my workstation and booted into my vista drive which ran a boot error and my wd black was pronounced dead.

    I booted into my opensuse 11.2 drive to look for new windows hdd and banshee kept telling me to update with yast but since i dont use it i told it to go to hell.well few mins later i was at new egg and tabs shot across the browser and started freezing the system. fire fox poped up an error saying somthing about closing 205 tabs but then the system froze and i had to push the button.

    I dont download anything on the computerand only visit new egg or tiger direct,other then that its strickly a 3d workstation.

    im on my other comp and im wondering if this has happened before and is an os error or if its a virus?

    i have some of my models that havent been backed up dont know if i should try or just forgett about them and wipe the drive clean.
    Wiping your drive clean is not neccessary right now. You say you just added 4 gigs of ram and windows vista complained. This was your first clue. Windows vista allows for up to 4 changes in the system then requires full re-install to continue to work properly. 2) The fact that Windows reported the HD is dead, and you were able to boot into Linux tells me there are hardware issues. It's normally Linux that is real picky about hardware but at any rate, have you tried removing the ram to see if you got bad ram? Have you run a ram test as well? I am strongly leaning towards flakey ram because a tempermental section of newly installed ram can crash windows, can crash Linux, or can make apps think things happened that actually didn't.

    My advise, make sure you have good ram first, and because you ran the browser and it acted up you may need to check your settings on the browser and other key files to make sure that any bad ram didn't result in saving bad setting values.

    As for the virus issue, I could see it on the windows system but it is 1/trillionth likely on any Linux flavor.
    When your up to your a** in Alligators it's pretty hard to remember you intended to drain the swamp (author unknown)

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    Sounds like hardware. Check your "new memory" and that all the cables are firmly connected to your drives. If you have bad ram or anything not seated you will have problems.
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    im pretty sure its the drive windows said disk not detected then i restared it and it listed all my hardware.

    ram was ok listed 6gb and then listed the hard drive and a long line of numbes and letters then as failed or failed to respond or somthing. ill remove the dimms and try agian and listen to the drive for any odd noises.

    linux is on another hdd and the only problem was yast asking for updates then the browser going crazy a short wile after but if its not a virus them im in the clear as far as the linux drive.

    I will report back in a bit once i pull the ram and check the vista drive.

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    ok i removed the new dimms and put the old ones back in the primary slots and hooked the wd back up and it just asks for a boot device.the wd isnt making any unusual noise i can hear it make 2 little noises which its always done but nothing other then that.

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    ok i tried it agian and now its working yup the wd is ALIVVEEEEE lol. thx guys i i probly would have hung it on the wall as my first dead soldier.

    now i just gotta figure out why vista dont like the new ram, it registered fine and all and worked on linux.

    But it could be cause i had 2gb stick in dimm 1 and 1 gb stick in dimm2 so it was 6gigs at 3 gigs per channel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Customize View Post
    ok i tried it agian and now its working yup the wd is ALIVVEEEEE lol. thx guys i i probly would have hung it on the wall as my first dead soldier.

    now i just gotta figure out why vista dont like the new ram, it registered fine and all and worked on linux.

    But it could be cause i had 2gb stick in dimm 1 and 1 gb stick in dimm2 so it was 6gigs at 3 gigs per channel.
    Always replace ram in pairs!! If slot 1 is 2 gigs slot 2 must also be 2 gigs or on most mbo's you will have problems.
    Why not put the ram in as 2-2-1-1 not 2-1-2-1
    When your up to your a** in Alligators it's pretty hard to remember you intended to drain the swamp (author unknown)

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    yeah thats what i was thinking cause my hp is set up 1-1 -512 -512

    thx ill try that

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    ok it booted up and i ran diagnostic and it found a error in a module then froze for 40 mins so im just going to run the 2x2 tomorrow and if no errors show up ill just leave it at that


    and Thankyou guys for all your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by techwiz03 View Post
    Always replace ram in pairs!! If slot 1 is 2 gigs slot 2 must also be 2 gigs or on most mbo's you will have problems.
    Why not put the ram in as 2-2-1-1 not 2-1-2-1

    Phoned my local computer shop, i.e. their hardware specialist: no need to do this. Only old mobo's and RAM require this. For a moment I thought I had a miracle machine.....it's full now, but it has had some gathering of RAM modules working together. I know about the RAM having the speed of the slowest module.


    Still, I always buy in pairs; if one is not OK, I still have the other, if both are OK, I have what I want.
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