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So, ever since I upgraded to my new motherboard and new ram I seem to need to reseat the ram every couple weeks.

The system runs fine for a couple weeks then it starts giving ram errors. If I reseat the ram the system runs fine again. What could be causing this? Is there something I can do that wouldn't require taking out my motherboard... and I don't really want to send my ram RMA because that would take weeks.
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post #2 of 17
Try to run MemTest and see if you get any errors with that. That would be the first thing I would try.
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post #3 of 17
Are you OC'ing your RAM? It might be that, or it could be the OC on your CPU that is causing it. I know that if I OC my CPU to 3.0GHz, I get RAM errors as well. So, try lowering the OC on your CPU a little bit, like down to 3.1 or 3.0 and see if that helps.
post #4 of 17
Try some different ram if you have it. My first guess it is probably the Ram.
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post #5 of 17
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I've run memtest... for hours. The problem is that after I reseat the ram everything works fine. But a couple weeks down the road I have to reseat the ram again.

Why would the ram be fine once reseated?
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post #6 of 17
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Are you OC'ing your RAM? It might be that, or it could be the OC on your CPU that is causing it. I know that if I OC my CPU to 3.0GHz, I get RAM errors as well. So, try lowering the OC on your CPU a little bit, like down to 3.1 or 3.0 and see if that helps.
I'm only trying to run the ram at spec... is that too much to ask? 800MHz, 4-4-4-12-24 @ 2.2v.

My CPU overclock has been stable for a long time I doubt it is causing issues, since the ram is fine after a reseat.
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post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sparhawk View Post
I'm only trying to run the ram at spec... is that too much to ask? 800MHz, 4-4-4-12-24 @ 2.2v.

My CPU overclock has been stable for a long time I doubt it is causing issues, since the ram is fine after a reseat.
Have you ran Orthos since changing the ram? The ratio or multipliers could be effecting it and making the OC unstable.
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post #8 of 17
Try a hard-clearing of your CMOS and see.
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post #9 of 17
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Okay, so I recently updated my BIOS so the CMOS should be cleared(bios is not causing the issue because it existed before the update).

I ran memtest for about 4 hours last night switching ram from single to dual channel and all other manner of configurations(4-4-4-12 @800MHz 2.2v) and I had Zero errors.

I've added a couple 512MB sticks of DDR2-533 because I wanted to have more than 2GB of ram. So i'm running my BallistiX at much lower than spec(533MHz 1.8v) and hopefully I won't have any issues. As for performance... I haven't noticed ANY performance hits, only gains, from having the extra 1GB. I'm sure if I were to try folding on my computer it wouldn't run as well as it did before but that is to be expected.
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post #10 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sparhawk View Post
Okay, so I recently updated my BIOS so the CMOS should be cleared(bios is not causing the issue because it existed before the update).

I ran memtest for about 4 hours last night switching ram from single to dual channel and all other manner of configurations(4-4-4-12 @800MHz 2.2v) and I had Zero errors.

I've added a couple 512MB sticks of DDR2-533 because I wanted to have more than 2GB of ram. So i'm running my BallistiX at much lower than spec(533MHz 1.8v) and hopefully I won't have any issues. As for performance... I haven't noticed ANY performance hits, only gains, from having the extra 1GB. I'm sure if I were to try folding on my computer it wouldn't run as well as it did before but that is to be expected.
The problem could be that you're running 2 different speeds of RAM. I know that most motherboards don't like working with 2 different speeds of RAM. It could be causing RAM errors because the RAM is severely underclocked.

Try running with just your ballistix for a few weeks and see if that cures your issue. Also try running with just the DDR2-533 sticks and see if that causes any issues as well.
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