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Ok so i just purchased my Corsair 512mb Unbuffered DDR400 PC3200 and I had horrible problems with it(i think). When i had it in my first slot on my mobo, my comp continued to reboot randomly over short periods of time. Since I moved it to the third slot, it hasn't rebooted as much, probably only twice in 16 hrs compared to the 5x in 10 minutes. But, my memory does seem to still be acting up when I play games like Battlefield Vietnam. The game will go smoothly for about 5-10 minutes and then it will crash and I will get an error report. The error report was searched up on the net and there was a post that said it was reguarding my memory. There were replies about switching out their memory and it fixed their problem... what are some tests that i can run to see if my memory is bad and does this seem logical that it is my memory?
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I've got an Athlon 64 +3200 (socket 754) with an MSI K8N Neo Platinum MS-7030(socket 754) with a Western Digital 80GB HD 7200RPM and a Samsung 52x CD-ROm. The mobo is clocked at 200 FSB and i haven't bothered flashing the bios because only updates were to increase the FSB with all settings set at default. THe corsair memory is Model# VS512MB400 with 2.70 voltage. I also get a bad_pool_header 0x00000019 and sometimes i get the error messege from windows saying i have a certain error and when i searched for it on the net, they told me that it's a memeory issue where the system isn't using all of the ram or something.
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Please make sure you have the latest BIOS installed in your MB and load optimized/optimal default settings, and try the following BIOS settings;

Advanced Chipset:

Memclock Mode: Manual (400)

Bank Interleaving: 4/Enabled

Burst Length: 4

SDRAM CAS Latency: 2.5T

SDRAM RAS to CAS Delay (tRCD): 3T

SDRAM Active to Precharge Delay (tRAS): 8T

SDRAM Row Precharge (tRP): 3T

Frequency Voltage Control:

Spread Spectrum: Enabled

CPU FSB Clock: 200

DDR Voltage: 2.7/2.75 Volts

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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can i ask why updating my bios would do anything? all the bios updates only change my overclocking capabilities of the bus speed on my mobo.. anyways i updated and i ran the test.. .and these are the results i got back after running the test twice.

CAS:2. 5-3-3-8

Cached: 512m

RsvdMem: 1104k

MemMap: e820-Std

Cache: Off

ECC: Off

Test: Std

Pass: 2

Errors: 558725

ECC Errors: 0


So, this does show that I have a bad stick of memory??

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  • 3 weeks later...

I'm having the same problem as RPBoy06.

MSI K8N Neo Platinum, Athlon64 3000, Corsair VS512400, Radeon 9600XT.


Installed XP SP2, it runs for a while & then bsod's with Bad_Pool_Header,

Stop: 0x00000019....


Tested the ram with Memtest86 v1.30 as advised to RPBoy06 & had exactly the same results


This mobo, cpu & ram was bought as an upgrade bundle (Komplett, UK) so I would have thought that the Corsair should be compatible, maybe not?

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Our memory module is compatible, however if you do not set the correct BIOS settings then sometimes it may not function properly, but this module should work without any problem and is fully compatible with the MSI K8N Neo MB. Please make sure that you have the latest BIOS for your board, and that you put the memory module on DIMM slot# 1&3, and make the necessary adjustment as specified on my previous post.
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I followed the setup you gave to the original poster & tried the ram in all three slots. Memtest86 v1.30 produced a few errors on test 4 & thousands on test 5


Different make ram works fine.


I need to get this sorted by christmas but I fear the worst :(

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