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How many failures constitute a bad memory module?


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I have TWINX-3200LL 1024mb I purchased in 2004 from Newegg. No matter what I try, I cannot get it to run at 200mhz. Windows will crash within a minute of startup. I am testing it with Memtest at 166mhz. So far, I have 32 errors. Memtest shows that the throughput is only 1213 mb/s.

 

How many errors constitute a bad module? WIll just one do it or is 32 enough? I ask as memtest has been running for over an hour now and I'd like to get some things done.

 

My PC works at 166mhz, but I often get memory errors and some of the games I play that use loads of memory crash often.

 

On a side note, I wish I had tested this memory earlier. I replaced my video card, bought a new sound card, power supply and hard drives in an attempt to tracjk down what was causing my problems. It never occured to me that the very expensive Corsair RAM I purchased might be at fault. I am very disappointed to say the least. I don't know why others purchase Corsair, but I paid a premium to avoid these sorts of problems.

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I have an Asus A7N8X Deluxe. Bios Version 1008.

 

Athlon XP 2500+

Windows XP Pro SP2

ATI Radeon 9500 Pro 128

Corsair TwinXMS 3200LL 1024

(2)WDJB Western Digital 80GB Drives

Soundblaster Audigy 2

 

According to Corsair's list, this RAM is compatible with this motherboard.

 

Anything else pertinent?

 

BTW, noone mentioned anything about the number of errors and whether that constitutes a bad part. I'd say right off that being unable to run 200mhz is a problem, but what about the MemTest errors?

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Try one stick at a time in each slot with memtest, 3 passes. Make sure the memory and FSB are both at 333 Mhz. 2.75 or 2.8 volts for the memory (DDR or DRAM) voltage, and 1.6 volts for the AGP card (the 9500 and 9600 have been known to cause memory errors with not enough voltage, wierd I know).

 

Could be a bad stick, could be a bad slot. BTW, it's TwinX1024-3200LL.

 

Also, ANY errors are considered bad, HOWEVER, multiple things can cause bad errors.

 

Also, you may want to pull that Sound Blaster card out of there if you're still getting errors after all of that. I'd only bother with testing one stick one time with it out though. SB cards are a little wonky as well, but I haven't seen enough evidence to clearly link them to anything.

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