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post #1 of 6
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Got this Block mounted okay. Covers first 2 ram slots. Have OCZ 1066 2x2gb sticks. Boards says ram should be in 1-3 or 2-4. I can't find a way to fit these in there. I keep getting errors when running different games about unable to write/read ram. I have these sticks running at 1080 with 270FSB all stabilty test seem to run fine. Prime 95, Toast, AMD Overdrive. I have ran Crysis bench, and Crysis. After long periods of play i get these random errors.

I have also ran memtest with no errors for 8 hours or so.

Question is for you guys/gals with similar setup what did you all do and are you having errors running 1066 ram at speed in slots 3/4.

Any help would be great. Thanks
post #2 of 6
I dont have 1066 ram, but if it wants specific slots, then thats most likely to enable your dual channel mode, and you are losing out on loads of performance if you arent enabling it. Just for fun, try taking the thermalright off, and using stock cooling and see if it still shows that error. If it does, first, try your ram individually to isolate the memory if its the cause by a particular stick, if it doesnt work then disable any OCing and try again, if it still does, you may have gotten a bad batch of ram.
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I have my TRUE mounted the only way it's possible to mount it on the AM2 and the only thing it does is to squeeze the first dimm module a bit. It's a tight fit, but it's there.

I didn't know OCZ had those huge extravagant RAM coolers, I thought they had just heat spreaders? In any case, if they have the 'mohawk' style RAM coolers, time to get either new heat spreaders or a Dremel.

Sorry if it's a bit silly, but I have no problem with the TRUE and 'normal' dimm modules. In any case populating just slot 3 and 4 and leaving the other two empty never seems like the logical thing to do and the manual states pretty clearly which configurations the board likes and which ones it doesn't like.. I think you're looking more at trying to get them to fit physically than trying to get your board to accept only slots 3 and 4 populated.
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Yeah its the mohawk sticks. I did check yesterday the normal ones fit just under the heatsink. What was kinda confusing is that in the manual it says use 1-3 or 2-4, i have a hotsheet that came in the manual that says 1-2 3-4so wasn't really sure which to do at the time, figured the hotsheet was a update for the manual. When i started getting the errors looking further into my setup i saw maybe it should be 1-3 or 2-4 as per the online manual says due to limitations of AM2 and 1066 ram. . I did think about removing the Heat sink from the OCZ and using some Heatsinks i have on some Old Corsair, but its on pretty good and was afraid to bust off a ramsink or break the PCB. Looked like it was on with one of those thermal sticky strips but without being sure didnt want to just bust it off. I did change my OC a bit and turned ram down to 900Mhz and it is now running fine in slot 3-4. So i do think that either i need to shave the hawk or replace the HS on the ram to run at 1066 in slots 1-3. Maybe i can still send it back and get something different.
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If you recently got them and from a decent store they might be accomodating and let you switch the sticks, it's not like they're ruined or anything, just didn't suit your application. I would try that if I were you.
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post #6 of 6
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yeah i actually looked into that after my last post. I only had 15 days from time of shipment, which was 19 days ago. Im still going to give them a call and see what they say, they may take them back with for a small fee which would be better in the long run i think. Hate the thought of taking the dremel to the sticks. Thanks for the help.
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