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I have had my two sticks of CMX512-3200C2 memory for over a year now. They were running fine on my old system, specs as follows:


Gigabyte GA7NNXP

AMD Barton 2500+

Gigabyte 9800 Pro 256

WD SATA Raptor 10,000rpm

Fortron FSP350-60PN PSU


I recently purchased a MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum motherboard and AMD 64 3200+ cpu and installed them in my system.


I did a fresh install of Windows XP Pro and noticed some strange things right from the beginning. I had to restart Windows setup a couple of times to get it to atleast complete without errors. While running I start to notice a lot of small errors which I've never recieved before.


I did some searching to find out that the AMD 64 chip are much pickier than other processors about RAM simply because it has the controller built into the chip.


So I've downloaded Memtest86 and ran it with the first module installed - less than 30 minutes and its coming up with thousands of errors. Obviously something is wrong, so I've stopped it and am now trying the second stick.


So far the second stick has passed 31% without errors - the first stick was erroring below 24%.


I'm going to let it finish and run it multiple times on each chip to make sure this is the problem, but if it is the problem I will be requesting an RMA unless some wise fellow computer geek can offer me a suggestion!


Thanks for listing,



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Ok I've popped the first chip back in and again the errors come up. Funny though, it starts exactly on 510mb and goes up from there. I dunno how ram works, I guess its broken down into 32mb incraments or something? Perhaps one of the 32mb chips on my stick is borked?


Going to put the good chip back in and boot to windows, see if I see any problems.

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