BobXFett Posted March 24, 2005 Share Posted March 24, 2005 Hi, I've been using my self-built system for quite some time and I love the Corsair Memory Modules I'm using. I run a 2.6 Ghz Pentium 4 CPU on an Asus P4C800-E Deluxe motherboard. I initially built the system with a single 512 MB Corsair XMS RAM module (Purchased here: CMX512-3200C2PT). After a while I decided to upgrade to 1 GB of RAM, so I purchased another identical module from Newegg. It turned out the second module I purchased was a newer revision than the original purchase, so the two were not compatible. I ended up having to RMA the older module so I could get two identical modules (and since there was a slight mix-up with the RMA, I ended up getting a brand new twin-pack and sending the two originals back to Corsair). That situation was all handled perfectly, and I've been running the system fine for the past few months. Recently, I had a system failure (turned on the PC one day and it wouldn't load windows), so I went through and formatted the computer. I had purchased a brand new Serial ATA Hard Disk, so I used that for the system, and used the original IDE HDD primarily for backup purposes. Everything seemed to be running smoothly, but then when I tried installing a PC game (Knights of the Old Republic), I got a CRC Error message (stating that the file copied to my HDD did not match the size of the original file on the CD). Looking around for support (both on the game's support site and other message boards), I found that commonly this is a bad disc issue, otherwise it is probably hardware failure of some sort. Since my discs are spotless (and this error also came up for every other game I tried installing, also with discs in perfect condition), I went through a series of tests to see if I could determine the point of failure. First, since I was running two HDDs and two Optical drives (CD-RW and DVD-/+RW), I decided to simplify things. I unhooked the newer SATA drive, formatted the older IDE drive and put a fresh install of Windows XP on it. The install went smoothly, but I continued getting the CRC Error message -- Definitely not the new HDD causing the problem. Secondly, I tried installing from the newer Optical drive (the DVD-/+RW), but I still got the CRC Errors. I then tried unhooking each of the Optical drives one at a time and installing with only one of them hooked up, but both still gave CRC Errors on each of those two tests. Just to be thorough, I tried hooking the SATA drive up by itself with just the DVD-/+RW drive (since it's newer) and did another fresh install on that. Windows once again installed fine, but once I tried the install of any of my games, I started receiving CRC Errors again, so I've pretty much determined that either all four of those components (two Optical drives plus two HDDs) have gone bad at once, or none of them are the culprit. Obviously I hope the former is not the case. That leaves me with two likely candidates for my issue: Either my Motherboard is to blame, or the RAM modules are. I was considering an RMA on my Mobo (which is still a possibility), but with all the headaches I've had in the past with Asus (good products, bad support), I decided I would test the RAM first. I downloaded the latest version of Memtest86 and am running that right now. So far on the screen I have the following information, and the program appears to have locked up with the top "Pass" field reading 78%. I'm typing this up by hand since it appears to have frozen and I won't be able to generate a log file for it. I'll try the program again tomorrow since it's late. Pass 78% ################# Test 49% ########### Test #7 [Random number sequence] Testing: 0K-632K 1023M Relocated Pattern: c1cc3c70 ---- WallTime: 17:40 Cached: 1023M RsvdMem: 864K MemMap: e820-Std Cache: on ECC: off Test: Std Pass: 0 Errors: 1155 ECC Errs: 0 Everything below that information is in red, indicating an error. An example of one line is: Tst Pass Failing Address Good Bad Err-Bits Count Chan 7 0 001881f1a8 - 392.9MB 4757953b 4756953b 000100 2 1 The one question I have is: With this kind of report from memtest, is it likely a Memory Module issue, or is it still possibly the Mobo? I'm hoping this issue is something as simple as bad Memory Modules, and if so that this can be taken care of as swiftly as my other small issue. If not, I'm going to have to RMA the Motherboard with Asus, which will take me about three years to get done, if my past experiences with them are any indication ;). Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. I'll be checking back tomorrow for any response. Mark F [Edit] By the way, I haven't yet tried removing one of the modules at a time to test them independantly, I only just ran Memtest86 for the first time tonight, so I will try each of the Modules one at a time tomorrow night and run Memtest on each of them. [/Edit] Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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