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My Intel D915PBL doesn't like my new memory


CygnusX1

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I've had a VS512MBKIT533D2 kit in my system for a few months working great. I just bought another identical kit and my system is throwing a fit with all 4 modules installed.

My bios locks on bootup, it will detect 20mb memory, 50mb memory, whatever it seems to want to detect before it locks up. Moving the memory around changes things to where I can actually boot into Windows. Of course that runs bad, locks up, etc.

I ran the recommended memtest.org test and I'm getting 262 2-bit errors with the new memory installed (no errors with just the old memory installed). Usually the test just locks up. I'm not really in the mood to sit there and pin it down to one module since memtest won't pinpoint which module has the errors, plus I'm tired of dealing with it.

 

Either I have a severe compatibility problem or one of these modules is bad.

Do I do an RMA through Corsair or should I go back to the vendor?

This is my setup. Pretty basic.

 

Intel D915PBL, Antec Sonata case with a TruePower 380W power supply, ATI X600 Pro PCI Express video card, Hitachi 250G SATA drive and a 16x Maddog DVD burner. That's it. The BIOS and all drivers are up to date. I don't overclock and the BIOS sees the SPD as 4-4-4-12.

 

Thanks

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I posted on this a few days ago. I tested the memory like you wanted me to.

 

I've had a VS512MBKIT533D2 kit working fine in my system for a few months.

I bought another identical kit recently, and without going through everything I did, my system works fine with any combination of 1. 2 or 3 modules as long as the two new modules aren't in the system together. If they are, the system won't even post. All modules look fine in memtest, again with either 1. 2 or 3 modules, test after test, as long as the two new ones aren't installed at the same time. I've spent hours staring at memtest. These two sticks just will not coexist on my board for some reason.

 

Another bad thing is that I've jammed these things into my board so many times now, one of my old sticks won't come up anymore, even by itself. This just keeps getting worse. Right now I have one old stick and one new stick working together just fine.

That means I have 512mb of worthless ram sitting here, one new stick and one old stick.

 

What do you recommend?

Thanks and this is my config again.

 

Intel D915PBL, Antec Sonata case with a TruePower 380W power supply, ATI X600 Pro PCI Express video card, Hitachi 250G SATA drive and a 16x Maddog DVD burner. That's it. The BIOS and all drivers are up to date. I don't overclock and the BIOS sees the SPD as 4-4-4-12.

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