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Recently I acquired a 4GB(2x2GB) Corsair Dominator DDR2-1066 Kit from here. However ever since I installed the pair of ram I have been getting BSODs after several hours of use or sometimes it won't even boot. By the way I'm running this pair of ram with my old pair in dual channel mode. Since it was obvious there was some kind of problem with the rams I decided to run memtest. I ran the test INDIVIDUALLY with each stick as recommended by most people, surprisingly none of the rams had an error. Therefore I have concluded that it might not be defective ram, but probably something else to do with the ram. It would be helpful if someone in here figure out what's the real problem here and how to fix this problem.

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Originally Posted by nGm@ze;14336041 
Recently I acquired a 4GB(2x2GB) Corsair Dominator DDR2-1066 Kit from here. However ever since I installed the pair of ram I have been getting BSODs after several hours of use or sometimes it won't even boot. By the way I'm running this pair of ram with my old pair in dual channel mode. Since it was obvious there was some kind of problem with the rams I decided to run memtest. I ran the test INDIVIDUALLY with each stick as recommended by most people, surprisingly none of the rams had an error. Therefore I have concluded that it might not be defective ram, but probably something else to do with the ram. It would be helpful if someone in here figure out what's the real problem here and how to fix this problem.

Special thanks to G. Callen for this awesome freebie btw smile.gif

Thanks in advanced,
Have you made sure they're running at the rated voltage, frequency, and timings in the BIOS?

Also, a single pass of memtest86+ may not necessarily bring out an error. Run it for 10 passes over night with both sticks once you check the BIOS.

Also, running the pair with your old RAM might be a contributing factor. Try loosening the timings on everything and/or bumping the voltages a little.
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Originally Posted by Kaldari;14336079 
Have you made sure they're running at the rated voltage, frequency, and timings in the BIOS?

Also, a single pass of memtest86+ may not necessarily bring out an error. Run it for 10 passes over night with both sticks once you check the BIOS.

Also, running the pair with your old RAM might be a contributing factor. Try loosening the timings on everything and/or bumping the voltages a little.

I noticed one thing, that the new pair of ram were down clocked to 800MHz, as well as the timing and voltage which where now set to match my old pair of ram. I guess it was set like this automatically so it runs on dual channel.
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I'm thinking your system doesn't like the mixed RAM part. For the most part though, it should work fine since it will automatically downclock to the slowest modules, but sometimes they just won't well together, which could be due to a number of factors too (i.e. different chips, timings, etc).
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Originally Posted by Darco19;14338382 
I'm thinking your system doesn't like the mixed RAM part. For the most part though, it should work fine since it will automatically downclock to the slowest modules, but sometimes they just won't well together, which could be due to a number of factors too (i.e. different chips, timings, etc).
Well that, and the RAM simply isn't rated to run together at default speed. As kits get bigger, their timings always get looser compared to smaller kits of the same timing.

You need to run a single kit, loosen the timings slightly, or see if a little voltage helps.
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So, I'm now just adjusting the voltage and got both pairs to boot at 2.2v, now running memtest to check for problems. By the way I want to ask is the rated voltage labelled on the ram refers to the voltage needed to run a single stick or as a kit? I need to clarify on this to get an idea on how many volts I need to run both 4gb kits, since the auto voltage doesn't work properly on this motherboard to get it boot
Edited by nGm@ze - 7/25/11 at 7:58pm
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Originally Posted by nGm@ze;14347057 
So, I'm now just adjusting the voltage and got it to boot at 2.2v, now running memtest to check for problems. By the way I want to ask is the rated voltage labelled on the ram refers to the voltage needed to run a single stick or as a kit? I need to clarify on this to get and idea on how many volts do I need to run both 4gb kits.
It's rated as a kit, and 2.2v is really high for that RAM. Isn't it rated for 1.6v?

Instead of juicing the RAM into the ground, I would just loosen the timings. That's the usual sacrifice. More RAM - looser timings at the same frequency.
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post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Kaldari;14347069 
It's rated as a kit, and 2.2v is really high for that RAM. Isn't it rated for 1.6v?

Instead of juicing the RAM into the ground, I would just loosen the timings. That's the usual sacrifice. More RAM - looser timings at the same frequency.

Well my Corsair kit is rated at 2.1v @ DDR2-1066 5-5-5-15 timing according to the label

Where as my Kingston kit is rated at 1.8v @ DDR2-800 5-5-5-18 timing according to label

Both pair now run at DDR2-800 speed, 5-5-5-18 timing at 2.2v(This is with both pair installed)

So is it nornal? Sorry that I took so long to reply since my pc is now running memtest I have to use my phone for internet frown.gif

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Originally Posted by nGm@ze;14347288 
Well my Corsair kit is rated at 2.1v @ DDR2-1066 5-5-5-15 timing according to the label

Where as my Kingston kit is rated at 1.8v @ DDR2-800 5-5-5-18 timing according to label

Both pair now run at DDR2-800 speed, 5-5-5-18 timing at 2.2v(This is with both pair installed)

So is it nornal? Sorry that I took so long to reply since my pc is now running memtest I have to use my phone for internet frown.gif

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Np. Whatever is on the RAM is what it's rated for. My bad. I just thought you had another kit.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kaldari;14347334 
Np. Whatever is on the RAM is what it's rated for. My bad. I just thought you had another kit.

If both pairs of ram do pass memtest with no error do u recommend running both pair at 2.2v at this setting
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