My question is what is the external cache in reference to? Is it the cache on the CPU?
The 'external cache' is your processors' L2-cache and yes, it is on-die(i.e integrated into the CPU-core). The term 'external cache' refers to the fact that the L2-cache used to be on the motherboard rather than on the CPU itself - ALL modern CPUs have the L2-cache integrated into the CPU-core, tho.QUOTE
And if so, does this mean my CPU is bad?
Possible, but not necessarily.
I recommend you try to check your memory with Memtest86
' ">http://www.memtest86.org while leaving your L2-cache/external cache enabled.
Also, please post your voltages(+12V, +5V, Vcore, Vdimm, etc) as displayed in BIOS - you can usually find them in the 'PC Health Status' or 'Hardware Monitor' menu.QUOTE
Well, I figured it might be that I am running pretty high in temp. I was running at 54C. Since it has been two years and not knowing that I needed to frequently replace the paste, I have now done so. However after firring the machine back up, and after 20 minutes of idle it hit 52C. So obviously this is not working.
Around 50°C idle is pretty normal...max temp for your processor is 90°C.
You might want to leave your case door open and let a big fan blow directly on the motherboard to determine whether you have a heat-issue or not - if this doesn't eliminate your stability-issues, they're most likely not heat-related.
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