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One good stick, one bad


EDDIE ZETLEIN

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Hi everyone, I thought I was going to build the fastest rig in my street, but the only thing it has excelled at has been falling over. I've been through 3 motherboards, 4 Hard drives, 2 CD-RW's, enough cables to rewire NASA HQ, and finally 18 months after I bought it I get hold of Memtest and find that one of my Platinum XMS 512MB Sticks of 3200 DDR is as flaky as a Danish Pastry. I just couldn't get my head round the possibility that I could have probably built 4 computers with all the money and time this silly fault has cost me. I felt like throwing the whole damned thing in the bin, and taking up sewing or needlework to give my brain a rest.
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First the part number of the bad stick is 0325552,a CMX 512 -3200LLPT/ v1.2/ one of a TWINX pair of Corsair Platinum Series XMS matched pair. With the pair in dual channel mode it is impossible to even install Windows ( XP Pro SP1 ). The install hangs at about the 86% mark with set-up reporting that it could not copy a file ( vdisio ). If the faulty module is removed then the install goes seamlessly and the system performs faultlessly. I finally got hold of two memory testing programs, Memtest-86 v3.2 and Windows Memory Diagnostic and placed one module at a time into the No.1 DIMM slot and ran both programs. The "good" module passed all tests with no errors. The "bad" module failed both sets of test, with the lower screen in Memtest turning red and reporting 4,966 errors all on the c48 address Count channel 1. In Windows Memory Diagnostic it failed 2 out of 6 tests, LRAND and Stride6. The "good" module succeeded in all 6 tests.My system is as follows ATX Tower case ( Jeantech ) with a 480 Watt Silent Purepower Thermaltake PSU, Pentium 4 3.4GHz EE on a Gigabyte GA-81 K1100 (i 875p),Asus Radeon 9800 XT SE,Soundblaster Audigy Platinum 2ZS, Liteon CD-RW,LG DVD-Rom,Panasonic 1.4 MB Floppy, 2 -160 Gb Seagate Barracuda 7,200 rpm SATA drives with 8MB cache ,running XP Pro SP1. I guess I need to request an RMA but as I live in the UK it may be there is a distributor over here to send it to.Do I need to send both sticks back, or just the faulty one? At least with the one good stick I can re- install my software and get my system back. Thanks for your help. Regards Eddie. PS FSB is 800 ( 200 MHz )
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