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Bad Corsair Plat Series TWINX XMS3200


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Been trying to solve this problem on my own for about 2 months now and after swapping 3 different motherboards, and using 3 different sets of ram, I've come to the conclusion that after almost 2 years of excellent duty, my module(s) have given up. By the way, in case anyone is wondering, I've been using and working on computers for 19yrs, so I'd like to think I know my way around a computer case and MB bios.


I've got two XMS3200 512 sticks that I bought in May or June of '03 from Monarch Computers. It was in a system that used an Abit NF7-S rev 2.0 and was powered by an Anthon XP 3000+. In Jan '05, I swapped cases and shortly after, things went south. I started getting various kinds of windows errors, program installation errors, random lockups, extremely slow Win XP responses and determined it was either my MB giving out, my new SATA drives having issues, or my ram (really didn't think this was the problem). Because the opportunity presented itself, I was able to swap MB's to an Asus A7N8X-Deluxe. Using the same ram, HDs and processor I immediately ran into problems just trying to install Win XP. After many lockups, I finally got the OS installled, but again was pummled with lockup after lockup. I swapped my HDs to a single Maxtor 120 and again suffered the same results. Oddly enough, I eventually swapped back to my Abit MB, and this time the MB wouldn't even POST if I used either or both of the RAM sticks (in dual or single channel mode). I then swapped to two non-corsair brand RAM modules and the system came right up...with zero errors or lockups. I went back to the Asus board, and again with both the SATA and EIDE drive the system worked fine and I've been using those sticks since.


Finally, I just upgraded (last Thursday) to an AMD64 3500+ with the Asus A8V-Deluxe and attempted to use the Corsair ram once more...same results. I used them individually and in a pair. I also used them in conjunction with a known good set and I began seeing the same sort of weird errors. No sooner than I pulled the corsair modules out, it ran beautifully.


I am in no way soured by this experience...till this point, these modules have performed superbly. So, as I stated above, I believe my XMS3200 module(s) are bad. What steps should I take to have them replaced?


RAM Part info from XMS sticker (both are identical):

CMX512-3200LLPT XMS3205v1.1


XMS3200 512MB 400MHz 2226-T1

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Thanks for the instruction, however, I tried it with no luck.


After running memtest for just over 8 hours on just 1 module, I was amazed to see over 1 million reported errors (I even took screenshots). That is enough for me to request a replacement set. I would just replace that one, but this was a TWIX set and I believe I should receive another matched set. On a very short test of the second module (about 10 min), memtest reported zero errors.


Please advise.

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Yes, you should get the set replaced. And you would submit the RMA for 1 Twinx set not 2 single modules.

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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