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Ram problem in memtest with P5WDG2-WS Pro

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I have been having ram problems continuously for the past 6-8 months :swearing:.

At first I lost 3 pairs of Corsair Dominator PC8500 (2 rev2.kits of microns and a qimonda) and now I have gone through a second kit of Crucial Ballistix PC8500. I had just replaced this ram 2 weeks ago.

This time in memtest with Legacy disabled, I am getting errors in tests 5-7, same memory range everytime (289.0mb, 289.8mb, 305.0mb). Usually with past ramkits I had, I would see the errors in tests 1-4.

Weird thing is that my 1GB kit of Corsair XMS2 PC8500 that uses microns still works flawlessly. It was one of the first revisions of the ram and I can still get CAS3 (3-3-3-6@2.25v) at 800mhz on them. On recent kits of Crucial Ballistix, I cannot get anywhere close to the same timings everyone else seems to get. Best I can manage on 4-4-4-12 timings is 920mhz on 2.35v.

Anybody else have problems with their ram and this motherboard? (P5WDG2-WS PRO) I'm getting sick of RMAing my ram every couple months and reverting back to the 1GB kit for gaming. I'd really like to know if it's a ram problem or a motherboard compatibility issue before I head to the vendor for new sticks. I am considering exchanging them for mushkin, ocz, patriot or corsair (one more time) sticks of the same speed.
Edited by B33m3RBOY - 7/4/08 at 1:19am
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by the way, can someone tell me what an error in each test in memtest usually means? It's been awhile since I have researched this, but I think its something like the following:
Test 1-4 = ram
Test 5-8 = something else, such as hardware, timings etc.
post #3 of 9
Get gskills i havent had any trouble,imo
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Best I can manage on 4-4-4-12 timings is 920mhz on 2.35v.
That's the best you'll be able to manage with those timings. The new Crucial RAM is exclusively using D9HNL. These chips are terrible at overclocking, they are worse than Promos!
EDIT: If you won't good overclocking DDR2, be prepared to pay an arm and a leg.
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i agree with the first respondent, tell us what ram test the ram is failing on. how many passes are you doing? usually the 4th pass and onward means that you should be looking at your MB not your ram.

move the ram over a dimm, (put them in slots 3 and 4). in other words, put them like this... (EMPTY SLOT) RAM STICK 1 (EMPTY SLOT) RAM STICK 2. see if this helps. If it doesnt, i would look into RMAing your board.

hope this helps.
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post #6 of 9
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Reduced my settings to stock and memtested the ram at 800mhz 4-4-4-12 timings. Failed dual channel so I tested each stick individually. One stick is bad.
Tried changing the slots and same issue, one stick.

I attached images of the failures using memtest 3.4. Funny thing is according to memtest, my 1gb kit of the microns (cost me $375 for 1gb, but the timings where worth it) seems to have more bandwidth than my 2gb kit of ballistix.

I'm going to return these sticks to the local vendor and get some good memory from NCIX.com. Links to good kits would be appreciated.

Whats the good memory out there right now. I cant stand this crap memory anymore. I'm looking for memory that gives good timings at the 800mhz-1000mhz range. Would be really nice if they could match my 1gb kit and go 4-4-4-12 at 1030mhz.


Edit: If you look at the images, the crucial sticks show as 2gb, but memtest error shows 4gb of ram in single and dual mode. My guess is a stick went bad.

I also cannot get into windows now. USB drivers aren't loading I believe as the mouse and keyboard lose power when windows starts loading. Disconnecting/Reconnecting doesn't work.




Edited by B33m3RBOY - 7/5/08 at 4:48pm
post #7 of 9
If you want good RAM, then either 2x1GB Mushkin RedLine DDR2-1000 4-5-4-12 2.35-2.45v.

Or Buffallo FireStix, these are guaranteed Micron D9GKX.
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Originally Posted by B33m3RBOY View Post
Edit: If you look at the images, the crucial sticks show as 2gb, but memtest error shows 4gb of ram in single and dual mode. My guess is a stick went bad.

I also cannot get into windows now. USB drivers aren't loading I believe as the mouse and keyboard lose power when windows starts loading. Disconnecting/Reconnecting doesn't work.

Anyone know how to fix this problem with the USB drivers?

Can someone provide a link to a good kit of ram out there right now (preferably from NCIX.com). I'm thinking about getting the G.SKILL F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ kit or something else with micron IC's (other than D9HNL). I'd start a new thread in the ram section about this but figure why not here.
Edited by B33m3RBOY - 7/9/08 at 3:40am
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