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i have a p35c-ds3r board, and when i put in 2 additional 1gb xms2 8500 sticks i fail memtest86. however i pass with 3gb in. i have tried upping the ddr2 volts as well as the north bridge voltage by +.2 each, and get the same fail every time. one weird thing in terms of slots: 3gb works fine and passes memtest when i have sticks in slots 1,2,3 but if i have them in 1,2,4 i will fail... could slot 4 be bad?
Also, when i try for a 3ghz overclock with the 3x 1gb sticks of ram in, which i changed timings on from 5-5-5-18(my bios default) to 5-5-5-15, windows detects the overclock but prime95 will error out within 2 minutes. with the exact same overclock settings and 2x 1gb of ram the results were great and could run prime95 for hours. do i have to set up the ram much differently with 3 sticks to get the oc to work? i know the more sticks you have, the harder the oc... Any help would be great
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post #2 of 9
If I understand the question correctly, you have a total of 3GB of ram 2gigs of XMS and another 1GB not XMS. If that is the case problem could very well be that the 1GB module does not run on the same Voltage rating for the speed as the XMS and that is what's causing problems.
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Are you using the dos memtest? The problem very well could be voltage, not in my system but I have seen boards not able to handle 4 indidvidual sticks of ram. I was told it is actaully better to use 2 2GB sticks because the ramwants to draw more electricity and it cant get it causing errors. try upping ram voltage a little and see what happens.
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post #4 of 9
If you are using XMS and different sticks then I would place my money on the fact that they both require different voltages and are different memory chips.

You are much better off when you stick with the same modules.
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all 4 sticks are exactly the same, and i have tried turning up the ram voltage and the north bridge voltages. no dice.
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Okay, so now the question is: Are you running a 64bit OS? If not than there is your problem.
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nope 32.. but i have seen a ton of people with 4gb in vista 32, i know win only recognizes 3.5gb though...
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I had the same problem when I tried memtest with 32bit os with a 4GB setup. After I switched to 64bit everything went fine.
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post #9 of 9
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oh yea! i think i got 4 sticks working. i turned down the memory multiplier so my ram is at 888 instead of 1066 (1 setting lower than default), then i turned the ddr2 voltage up .2 and turned n.b. voltage up .3. i booted right into windows and prime95 ran for a full hour with no errors, then i booted with memtest86 and got zero errors on every test. i'm sure my overall ram speed is taking a slight hit, but i am so glad to see it's working in 32bit!
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