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Yesterday I moved to a new home.
My pc was running on a stable oc of 3.6 Ghz (q6600) nice and cool
and ram was very stable also. 2.175v 5-5-5-15 crucial ballistix

So i plug in the computer at my new home and for some reason i hear that loud dreadful beep representing "failed to boot" I look into my case and on the little post-code display it shows "C1" so i automatically assume its the RAM so i pull out 3 sticks. Yep it now boots. I go into bios to see if maybe CMOS reset from not being plugged in (not possible due to the battery, but i checked anyway). Nope all bios settings clocks/timings were 100% the same nothing changed. I honestly have no clue what is going on, any ideas? Oh and this morning i decided to update the motherboard drivers and popped in all 4 sticks of ram, failed. but then i put in 2 sticks and it did a "52" which is a test & flush of the ram and it works now.. but still wont boot with anymore than 2gb of ram.

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Originally Posted by ArchCorsair View Post
Yesterday I moved to a new home.
My pc was running on a stable oc of 3.6 Ghz (q6600) nice and cool
and ram was very stable also. 2.175v 5-5-5-15 crucial ballistix

So i plug in the computer at my new home and for some reason i hear that loud dreadful beep representing "failed to boot" I look into my case and on the little post-code display it shows "C1" so i automatically assume its the RAM so i pull out 3 sticks. Yep it now boots. I go into bios to see if maybe CMOS reset from not being plugged in (not possible due to the battery, but i checked anyway). Nope all bios settings clocks/timings were 100% the same nothing changed. I honestly have no clue what is going on, any ideas? Oh and this morning i decided to update the motherboard drivers and popped in all 4 sticks of ram, failed. but then i put in 2 sticks and it did a "52" which is a test & flush of the ram and it works now.. but still wont boot with anymore than 2gb of ram.

thanks ahead of time,
archcorsair
It is very possible the ram is bad recent crucial ram batches have been bad. Or I guess you could say in general . Do a CMOS reset first before trying other things ( take the battery out blah blah blah ). Though I wouldn't jump to conclusions just yet, try booting with all the ram one stick at a time. If you can do that you most likely should flash the bios back to a previous version. One more thing to try would be to mess with the ram settings and down clock the frequency and timings, maybe mess with the volts.
Edited by Longer Shot - 7/1/08 at 12:11am
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It is very possible the ram is bad recent crucial ram batches have been bad. Or I guess you could say in general . Do a CMOS reset first before trying other things ( take the battery out blah blah blah ). Though I wouldn't jump to conclusions just yet, try booting with all the ram one stick at a time. If you can do that you most likely should flash the bios back to a previous version. One more thing to try would be to mess with the ram settings and down clock the frequency and timings, maybe mess with the volts.
the ram was bought in dec 07'
its not recently bought ram...
and yes, i have tried everything regarding the timings/clocks/voltages
nothing works :<
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the ram was bought in dec 07'
its not recently bought ram...
and yes, i have tried everything regarding the timings/clocks/voltages
nothing works :<
Did you try a CMOS reset?
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the ram was bought in dec 07'
its not recently bought ram...
and yes, i have tried everything regarding the timings/clocks/voltages
nothing works :<
That's still "recent". I bought two sets of 2x 1GB 800Mhz Ballistix in December of 2007. One set was double sided, and the other was single sided. They were good sticks to start off, but as of yesterday, I had a second stick die. I've had one from each set die in these last 7 months.

So what you should do, is label each stick of RAM so you can tell them apart, and then run Memtest86 on them one at a time, so you can figure out which one died, if any.
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That's still "recent". I bought two sets of 2x 1GB 800Mhz Ballistix in December of 2007. One set was double sided, and the other was single sided. They were good sticks to start off, but as of yesterday, I had a second stick die. I've had one from each set die in these last 7 months.

So what you should do, is label each stick of RAM so you can tell them apart, and then run Memtest86 on them one at a time, so you can figure out which one died, if any.
oh, i already did this. using post-it sticky notes, each stick passed the test
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That's still "recent". I bought two sets of 2x 1GB 800Mhz Ballistix in December of 2007. One set was double sided, and the other was single sided. They were good sticks to start off, but as of yesterday, I had a second stick die. I've had one from each set die in these last 7 months.

So what you should do, is label each stick of RAM so you can tell them apart, and then run Memtest86 on them one at a time, so you can figure out which one died, if any.
i agree i had the same thing 2 2x1gb kits ballistix 1066 one double sided and one single sided both kits died on me, well 1 stick in each kit so i had to return both, i bought patriot ram and been working good ever since.
i also bought those kits in dec 07 / jan 08 about a week apart from the same store

when i ran memtest it would fail within 20 mins in every combination of 2-4 sticks i had with no oc.

i would definetly try some different ram
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oh, i already did this. using post-it sticky notes, each stick passed the test
Hmm. Try doing them in different slots.

Also, were you using Memtest86? Are you sure they passed? How many times did you let it go for?

Here's Memtest86 with no errors:


Here's an example of Memtest86 with errors:


Quote:
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i bought patriot ram and been working good ever since.
I did the same thing. Glad to see yours hasn't crapped out on you either.
Edited by mrtn400 - 7/1/08 at 12:42am
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yep, 100% passed memtest86(+)

you guys think its the ram?
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yep, 100% passed memtest86(+)

you guys think its the ram?
Try using the same stick in different slots, and run Memtest86 every time.
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