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When I start my laptop (VAIO FS VGN0FS640), I get the following message:

The instruction at "0x00b11306" referenced memory at "0x00b50730".
The memory could not be "read".

Click on OK to terminate the program.

Q1: Does this relate to the RAM in my laptop?
Q2: Does it reduce my ram capacity?  If so, how I can findout the extend of the damage (what is the currecnt usable RAM?).

Thank you.
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Question by:Mike Eghtebas
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Download and run memtest . . if you have more than one stick in it, run the test on each stick individually

http://www.memtest86.com/
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by:Mike Eghtebas
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Just to make sure I would mess up my computer, I will download using the hyperlink titled:

Download - Linux Memtest86 v3.2 Source and binary Package

And then using Windows Installation instruction do I need to create a "boot-able CDROM"?  

How and Why do I need it?

Mike

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If you want create a bootable cd with memtest on it use this one http://www.memtest86.com/memtest86-3.2.iso.zip.
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by:Mike Eghtebas
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Why do I need to have a bootable cd?

All I want to do is test RAM in my laptop to see what is the extend of the damage?

Also, is the error message in my original question RAM related?

Thanks,

Mike
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You need a bootable CD (or floppy) to load MemTest --> it boots to its own environment.   Testing your RAM is a good idea to confirm whether or not the issue you referred to may be RAM-related.

As to whether or not your original error is RAM-related, it COULD be, but is more likely a program error.   Will the laptop boot to Safe Mode?  [press F8 at the start of the boot process; then select Safe Mode]   If so, then run MSCONFIG [Start - Run - MSConfig] and disable ALL of the items on the Startup tab.   See if the laptop will boot okay in that configuration.
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The best memory tests need to run without an operating system to rule out errors other than hardware . . the bootable disc lets you startup without the operating system ( usually in DOS )

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Thank you All
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