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my ram has been in my computer for a few months now, and i have never had a problem with it before.


when i turn on my computer, everything starts up ok but i get a voice which informs me "your memory may have a problem" and the boot sequence doesn't start (ie there is nothing on my screen).


i was happily playing a game when my computer froze and there was no other alternative but to reset the system (as in alt+tab/ctrl+alt+del weren't working)


here are my computer specs:

Thermaltake Tsunami

A64 3400+ (Socket 754)

Albatron K8X800 PRO II

1024Mb Corsair TwinX Pro

Sapphire Radeon 9800 XT

Antec NeoPower 480W


Samsung 120Gb SATA



i have "Corsair Twinx 1Gb (2x512mb) XMS3200C2.


because my memory is "Pro" i know that the ram is intialising, because the status lights along the side light up - first full to red and then it goes back to just the first bar after a short interval.


should i organise a RMA?

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ok, my ram is "CMX512-3200C2PR0 XMS3202V1.1"


i HAVE NOT overclocked the ram, nor have i overclocked anything else in the computer.


i HAVE had the default settings in my bios.


the computer works with another stick of ram (borrowed from another computer) just not with either of the dimms, whether they are put in by themselves or separately.


the system ran STABLE from about may until last week and now will not boot as i get an error on boot (coming over the speakers) "your memory may have a problem"


would somebody please help me?

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ok - i found the .iso file for memtest, and decided to try it again.


it decided to boot, and so i was able to run the memtest via boot, and it has been running for the last half a hour without a problem - very confusing.


the timings are 2.5-3-3-8 and it hasn't had a problem yet......will leave it running for the next few hours and will update when finished.

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Please put the memory module on slot 1 & 3; make sure that you have the latest BIOS for your MB, and set the following settings on your BIOS;

DRAM Configuration:

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

Jumper Free/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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went to try those settings, and i was again unable to do anything but turn the computer on. i got the "your memory may have a problem."


i haven't changed a thing during the period where it was working, stopped, started again, and now stopped.


will try to apply those settings and run memtest as soon as i can boot the computer again.

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