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Heres my issue.

About 5 days ago my bro attempted to turn on a computer that has run fine and dandy for about a year now. It made some beeping and would not post the bios at all. I found that if I turned power off entirely to the machine for a few minutes and then gave it power and turned it on, it would load fine. I flashed the bios but not even that fixed the problem. It bugged me that it was having this problem and so I decided I'd consult someone on the matter.

They recommended I reseat the ram and check out what the voltage was running on my ram. I checked out what the voltage was and it on [Auto] and was running at 1.8v. He recommended 2.2v. I checked and my ram is apparently supposed to run at 2.2v. I set it to 2.2v.

I have kind of a strange setup in and of that I have 2 different companies, 2 different sets of ram, etc. they've always worked stable together so I've never really had an issue, but since I was changing things around and being specific I decided I would ditch 1 set and keep the other.

The set I kept is supposed to run at 4-4-3-8 timings, but was instead at 5-5-5-18. I figured I'd change it manually and then critical failure just kinda happened. After setting it to 4-4-3-8 timing the computer loaded only to lock up. When I attempted to restart the bios started posting.... and then turned into an odd array of squiggles. After that the bios simply wasn't posting period. I switched to the other 2 sticks of ram only to have the same problem. I put in all 4 sticks how they were originally and tried to reset the bios. same result. After much frustration I decided I'd try 1 more thing. I put 1 stick of ram in and lo and behold the computer is running like a champ again. I alternated and tried all 4 sticks of ram, and in all cases the computer posted, loaded, and is running perfectly stable.

So heres my question. Is there an issue with my mobo that is causing the problem with having multiple sticks of ram. The computer did run fine for almost a year without issue and it just came out of no where.

Computer spec-

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz Socket AM2 89W
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI
SUPER TALENT 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
Western Digital Raptor X

The other sticks are Mushkin XP2-8500 DDR2 1066 that was downclocked to 800(they were a gift from some friends. Though not perfect, they worked fine).

Edit - Sorry about the thread Title. Its 5:00AM and I've been been up for like 2 days. After hitting the post button I realized I made a lame title. If I could edit it I would but yeah, phailure.
Edited by Splorch - 5/30/08 at 4:13am
post #2 of 3
Have you run Memtest on each stick of RAM? It could be 1 stick is bad, but will work fine on it's own, but when with the others, causes a problem.
Also try each memory stick (1 at a time) in each memory slot on the MoBo. It could be a bad slot or a stick not wanting to work in a specific slot.

Try running everything in stock settings again.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung  Samsung DVD-RW  Samsung DVD-RW  Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 
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Windows 7 Pro x64 ASUS VH242H 23.6" Logitech MX 3200 Wireless Antec Neo Eco 620 
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Antec P-180 Mini Logitech MX 3200 Wireless Crucial m4 128  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X2 210e Gigiabyte MA785GMT-UDH2 ATI Radeon HD 4200 G.Skill Sniper 
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Heres what I finally did and for now it seems to be running alright, though it isn't stellar by any means.

Installed 1 stick of ram(the super talent)
Put the RAM voltage at 1.9v
loosened the timings to 5-5-5-15 instead of the stock 4-4-3-8
Upped the clock speed and voltage on my processors back to 2.8ghz again(got reset because of ASUS CPR)
Installed second stick of ram
Ran a stress test, and everything checked out fine.
I then attempted to tighten the RAM timings, but as soon as I tried that the stress test started failing.

I decided to just leave the mushkin sticks out for now and see how she runs. So far it seems that the problem has stopped and the computer is running smoothly. Hopefully the stability last and thank you to the people who talked with me on ventrillo(are members of the board but didn't post here).
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