BSOD in games and lockups in memtest86 after replacing heat spreaders

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  1. DrHycodan

    DrHycodan Master Guru

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    So basically, a day after I replaced heatspreaders for my RAM, games started locking up with a BSOD. So I tried to see if it was my RAM, and memtest86 now locks up after 1 pass. Did I just somehow fried my RAM when switching heatspreaders?
     
  2. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Remove the heat spreaders and blow a fan at the ram instead, or leave them be, they may be fine with no extra help (ie no spreaders, no fan).
    Alternatively, fit the heat spreaders properly, they will act as an insulator when there isnt good thermal contact, worse than having no heat spreader.
    I doubt your memory is anywhere near damaged.
     
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  3. DrHycodan

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    But what is causing this? Is it because I didn't completely clean the adhesive residue from the first heatspreader or is it because those are actually thermal compound and I didn't add any after removing the first heatspreader?
     
  4. ---TK---

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    I would not of messed with the taking of the heat spreaders in the first place, is your oc stable?
     

  5. Mufflore

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    Poor thermal contact, for whatever reason.
    If you didnt clean the old residue off and apply new, point a finger at yourself :)

    As TK said, I wouldnt have messed with it, theres very little value in overclocking memory.
     
  6. DrHycodan

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    So do you guys think it's damaged of not? I gamed for 6 hours straight last night after replacing the heatspreaders. But starting today, it BSOD'ed after about 2 hours of gameplay and then within 30 min of gameplay it would BSOD now.
     
  7. Mufflore

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    Instead of messing about and risking damage, re-fit the spreaders.
     
  8. DrHycodan

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    whats the best way to remove the adhesive from the RAM modules?
     
  9. Mufflore

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    If its adhesive, you shouldnt have removed the ramsinks, its permanent.

    There may be a solvent for it, I suggest making a new thread, titled something like
    "Need solvent for memory heatsink adhesive PLEASE!"
    State exactly what memory you have in case it helps determine what adhesive was used.

    Or leave the chips bare, blow a fan at them and test how warm they get with your fingers, report back.
     
  10. automaticman

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    i've seen ram chips pulled off of sticks removing heatspreaders before.
     

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    you should take a look at the ics under the heatsinks. you may have pulled one of them loose. if so the module is dead.
    to pull the sinks off use a hairdryer to heat them up. then VERY carefully pry the sink off making sure to keep the adhesive hot as you pry.
     
  12. IcE

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    You either pulled a chip off or killed one with ESD. They're VERY sensitive to that and you can destroy an entire chip or sometimes two without ever noticing.
     
  13. Mufflore

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    Agreed, ripping off glued on heat plates could damage ram.
    However, it seems to work until it heats up which suggests it is just getting too hot.
    There is a possibility that a bad connection only appears when it gets too warm.

    For now, he should remove the heatspreaders and blow a fan at the ram.
    If that works, he's lucky.
     
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    I have done that on a graphics card before that had ram heat sinks stuck down. Painful lesson.
     
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    on the bright side, if you did kill a ram module, it's about the cheapest thing in your PC to replace right now.:rolleyes:
     

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