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Well I just built a new computer, and it ran great for a few days, then when I rebooted my computer today, *BAM*, BIOS tells me the RAM failed the R/W test. So I pulled the memory out, and stuck it back in to see if maybe it was a bit loose in there, still got the error. Next thing I tried was pulling out the 2nd stick and just running on the 1st stick. That went well. So I swapped the 1st stick out for the 2nd and got the error again. Then I put the 1st back in, it ran fine, so I concluded that I must have some bad RAM here. I'm using the Value Select "1 GB Memory Module Kit" (2x512), but I can't find a model number anywhere (of course I have no idea where to look either), so where would I find that number? Second, what do I need to do next to get it sent in, tested, and returned/replaced if I have to?


My computer specs are:


ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe

Pentium 4 2.80C

Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 120GB

PNY GeForce FX5200 AGP 128MB

SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS

Windows XP Professional


I'm not running anything overclocked either.


If there's any other info I can provide, just say so, I wanna get this problem resolved ASAP so I can get back to my gaming/3D work, without having to spend $70 on new RAM :sigh!:

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Please make sure that you have the latest BIOS for your MB and load Setup/optimized default settings, and try the following BIOS settings;

VS1GBKIT400 or VS512MB400

Advanced/Jumper Free

AI over clocking: Manual

CPU Freq: 200

DRAM Clock: 400 MHz

Memory or Dim Reference voltage: 2.75 Volts

System performance: Standard

AGP Voltage: Default *unless you have ATI (9200 or 9600) & nVidia (5200 or 5700) then 1.6 Volts suggested!*


Configure Dram timing by SPD: Disabled/User define

SDRAM CAS Latency: 2.5T

SDRAM RAS to CAS Delay (tRCD): 3T

SDRAM Row Precharge (tRP): 3T

SDRAM Active to Precharge Delay (tRAS): 8T

SDRAM Burst Length: 8

Performance Acceleration Mode: Auto or Enabled

USB Legacy Support: Disabled

All other settings should be set to default settings!

Then please test them one at a time with http://www.memtest.org and let’s make sure it's not some other issue! I would run the test for at least 2-3 passes to be sure!

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