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I built a top of the line system to play Half-Life 2 (right before the code was stolen). Then over six months ago (I don't know exactly when) I started getting random reboots. No warning, just back to the POST. I tried to troubleshoot for over a week before I said.... enough (summary)


A couple days ago I pulled it out again and started over. I've spent at least 14 hours over the last two days searching from forum to forum, digging through the system to try to figure out if this was somehting I could take care of on my own. I saw similar issues pointing to potential Power Supplies, Graphics Cards, in WinXP Service packs. Ive fully explored all other options. I cam across a reference to MemTest and ran it (pics below). I finally found the location that turns off the automatic reboot on fault (possibly the Dumbest default setting Ever...) and got the stop error below.

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STOP 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, 0xBF825404, 0xB28039C4, 0x00000000) with a reference to win32k.sys


The Setup:

P4 3.0 GB 800 FSB

2 Corsair CMX512-3200C2

Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB


Gigabyte GA-81K1100 (Rev 1) w Intel 875P Chipset


Ran memtest+ ver 1.40 a couple times:

1st time

2nd time


Windows XP SP2 all patches applied

Most up to date Graphics drivers

No spyware/viri




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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;

TwinX1024 or TwinX512-3200C2

Advanced Chipset Features (Ctrl + F1)

DRAM Clock: 400 MHz

Configure Dram timing by SPD: Disabled/User define

SDRAM CAS Latency: 2T

SDRAM RAS to CAS Delay (tRCD): 3T

SDRAM Row Precharge (tRP): 3T

SDRAM Active to Precharge Delay (tRAS): 6T

SDRAM Burst Length: 8

SDRAM Bank Interleave: 4/Auto/Enabled

SDRAM Command Rate: 1T

Frequency Voltage Control

CPU Freq: 200

Memory or Dim Reference voltage: 2.7/2.75 Volts (+.2)

AGP Voltage: Default *unless you have ATI 9200 or 9600 then 1.6 Volts suggested!*

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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First off, thanks for the quick reply.


I've attached a pic of the Adv Chipset screen and will follow your instructions as closely as possible with a follow up afterwards.


edit I've attached the same screen with the settings set to SPD.



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Got it to stay up long enough to take screen shots of sys info. Thank You again for your help. I'd appreciate your input on my selection of parts to get this system running. I've never had to go through memory configuration like this and wonder if I picked a bac combination. I work with several people who build boards and have hear nothing but good things about corsair so my first thought is incompatibility?





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Let's go ahead and get them module/s replaced and I would suggest you send the pair if they were purchased as Twinx set! Please follow the link in my signature “I think I have a bad part!” and we will be happy to replace them or it!
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