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I have a 1GB 333 kit I purchased in Jan of '04 and which worked fine for quite a while. About 4 months ago I started recieving errors that a program failed because "The memory could not be 'read'". I thought this may have something to do with the Windows instalation, and it was only coming up about once a week so I didn't address it. About a week ago I started experiencing more crashes and lockups that normal and had problems installing software. I would get errors that checksums were failing on installation files and programs were crashing much more often. I thought that the hard drive was failing, but sometimes the programs worked if I gave them 3 or 4 tries. I was really trying to avoid getting into the case and testing each piece of hardware individually, because that would mean taking two of the machines here apart. Anyhow, I tried running memtest86 and recieved multiple errors (about 700 before exiting) and they were all at 571.2MB. I removed the second stick and tried the test again and got no errors. I took the working stick out and replaced it with the bad stick and ran the test again (all in dimm slot 1) and recieved the errors again. This would lead me to believe that the second stick has some issues.


The system has never been overclocked or had problems with heat so I'm not sure what would have caused them to fail after almost a year of use. The timing is set at 2.5-3-3-7. Here are the specs on the system-


Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe w/ Athlon XP 2600+

2x512MB ddr333 Value select memory

ISO 450w Power Supply

ATI Radeon 9700Pro

Western Digital Special Edition 160GB 8MB EIDE

Integrated Sound / Lan


Some other misc components (ATI Vid capture card some USB devices)


I was looking into sending it back on an RMA but the webform wanted a Ticket#/PostID# so I thought this was a required first step. I'm also not sure wiether I should send in one or both sticks. Any help would be appreciated.


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Your Forum Post Number: #189316 is at the top of your post.

And I would suggest you search for this model of MB and My name for the suggested settings with this MB.


I tried changing the board's settings to those in your post with the same results. I also tried the ram in another machine with the same test results using memtest. I would like to send the ram in for a replacement, do I need an ok or can I just send it in with the # from this post?

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