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Kwyn

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I've been getting BSOD after random reboots while playing City of Heroes. This has been an ongoing problem for awhile now and I've done everything I can think of to remedy the problem. I'm down to either the MB or the RAM being the problem.

 

I also receive the "instruction at "0x1001d0d0" referenced memory at 0x00000004" error (as well as other similar errors with different numbers)

 

First question I'd like to know is whether my memory is compatible with my Abit KV8Pro. I read the memory guide here and it said that I had the right type, but I'd like confirmation.

 

Here's the bsod error

 

STOP: 0000000A (0XD7C4AEB0, 0X00000002, 0X00000001, 0X804FA185)

 

Steps taken

 

Reinstalled Windows XP Pro twice

 

Used 6 different video drivers. 4 WHQL certified and 2 that were not. Used Detonator RIP each time to fully uninstall.

 

Used 2 different soundcard drivers

 

Reinstalled DirectX 9.0c

 

Re-seated memory, video card, sound card.

 

Swapped video card completely with another nvidia model, doing full unintstall of drivers.

 

Disabled firewall, uninstalled firewall

 

Run memtest86 overnight

When I run both sticks I get no errors

When I run either stick alone in the first slot I get no errors

When I run either stick alone in the second slot I get a thousand errors

 

Here's my machine

 

AMD64 3400+

Abit KV8-Pro (v. 1.1) - 1.6 bios - via 4.53

Cooler Master Praetorian Case,

NEC 8X Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Drive

Alps Silver 3.5inch Floppy Disk Drive

SAMSUNG 120GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive,

1 GB Corsair X2 TWINX CMX512-3200C2 (XMS3202v4.2)

Antec NeoPower 480 watt 120mm fan ATX 12V v2.0

AMD Athlon 64 3400+, 512k L2 Cache,

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS

PNY 6800 GT 256 MB DDR3

 

I've attached an everest diagnosis file in the hopes that it can help.

Report.txt

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Socket 754 MB's DIMM#2 slot has a limitation to it, so we recommend customer to use DIMM#3 slot and DIMM#1, and manually set the timing settings in their BIOS. If memtest found no errors when testing the module on slot 1&2 or slot 1&3, then I do not think that the problem is coming from the memory module, but if getting error when testing the module by itself on slot#2, then yes this may cuase or generate some errors due to the limitation of the memory controller that is built in the CPU chip itself.
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My MB only has 2 DIMM slots.

 

The problems manifest themselves even when I have just one stick installed so I was hoping I could find a way to rule out memory problems.

 

While I don't get memtest86 errors while running just a single stick, I still get bsod in certain applications and the ongoing referenced memory errors.

 

Should I just buy a new MB with 3 DIMM slots?

 

If so, what is the "best" MB for this particular memory? Since the RAM was more expensive than the MB, I guess that would be a more economical solution.

 

I am very tame with my machine. I don't overclock and would prefer to simply plug in my memory and go to town. That being the case, what MB is recommended?

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No additional help?

 

I'm kinda stuck at this point. Manually setting memory timings is probably a bit beyond my current capabilities. I just want an out of the box solutions. With Abit and Corsair I thought I was going to avoid a lot of these types of situations where you have to be a professional to get the thing to run, but it appears I was wrong.

 

Maybe I should just return both and buy something locally.

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Please make sure that you have the latest BIOS for your MB, and set the following settings on your BIOS;

TwinX512 or TwinX1024-3200C2

Guru Utility

CPU Clock: 200

Memory Clock: 200 or 400MHz

CPU/DRAM ratio: 1:1

Spread Spectrum: Enabled

DDR Voltage: 2.7/2.75 Volts

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

Advanced Chipset:

Memclock Mode: Limit

Memclock Value: 2:1 (DDR400)

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): 6T

SDRAM Row Precharge (tRP): 3T

Hypertransport: 4X

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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Thanks RAM Guy

 

Before I start messing around with stuff I'm clueless about, could you take a look at what I found?

 

Current FSB Freq - 200 MHZ

Current DRAM Freq - 200 MHZ

DRAM Clock - DDR 400

DRAM Command Rate - 2T

CAS Latency Time - 3.0

RAS# to CAS# Delay - 3 clocks

Min RAS# Active Time - 8 clocks

RAS# Precharge Time - 3 clocks

ROW Cycle Time - 11 clocks

ROW Refresh Cycle Time - 14 clocks

RAAS# to RAS# Delay - 2 clocks

Write Recovery Time - 3 clocks

Write to Read Delay - 2 clocks

Read to Write Delay - 4 clocks

 

Memory Hole Disabled

VLink Data Rate 8X

 

Here were some other settings

CPU Speed User Define

External Clock 204/68/34 MHZ

Multiplier Factor X12.0

AGP Ratio 6:2:1

 

Voltages: Auto Detect

CPU Core Voltage - 1.5V

AGP VDDQ - 1.55v

DDR SDRAM - 2.65v

NB Volt - 1.55

SP Volt - 2.5

Hypertransport Volt - 1.2

 

 

You listed these as things to look for or change, but I couldn't recognize any of these listings or find anywhere to change them.

 

TwinX512 or TwinX1024-3200C2

CPU/DRAM ratio: 1:1

Spread Spectrum: Enabled

Memclock Mode: Limit

Memclock Value: 2:1 (DDR400)

Bank Interleaving: 4/Enabled

Burst Length: 4

SDRAM Active to Precharge Delay (tRAS): 6T

SDRAM Row Precharge (tRP): 3T

Hypertransport: 4X

 

Thanks so much for your help.

 

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edit - here's some agp settings. I thought it couldn't hurt to show them.

 

AGP Aperture - 256

AGP 3.0 Mode - 8X/Auto

AGP Driving - Auto

AGP Fast Write - Enabled

AGP Master 1 WS Write - Disabled

AGP Master 1 WS Read - Disabled

AGP 3.0 Calibration Cycle - Enabled

DBI Output for AGP Trans - Disabled

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On your setting please change the following

Current FSB Freq - 200 MHZ

Current DRAM Freq - 200 MHZ

DRAM Clock - DDR 400

DRAM Command Rate - 2T

CAS Latency Time - 2.5

RAS# to CAS# Delay - 3 clocks

Min RAS# Active Time - 6 clocks

RAS# Precharge Time - 3 clocks

DDR SDRAM Voltage: 2.7/2.75 volts

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No luck. I had a page fault error within 20 minutes of playing.

 

I've replaced the memory with 2 old Crucial sticks that I had from a previous machine. It's ancient, but so far, I haven't had any errors. If I'm able to play for 4 or 5 hours tomorrow night, I'll be requesting an RMA.

 

Thanks for your help so far!

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