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Is it RAM or PSU or Mobo??


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Hi all, 1st post, not a noob, but feeling like one since I started my latest project :laughing:


I have 2 sticks of 512mb (XMS3205v3), installed them on a DFI Lanparty UT nF4 Ultra-D mobo, and powered by Cooler Master 450w Real Power PSU (See my sig for more details). From the moment I hit the power button I've had the same, on-going problem. The PC freezes if (a) try to install XP from CD at the checking hardware screen or (b) stay in BIOS for more than a few minutes. I have unplugged every component, disabled all on-board+add-on cards (sound/USB/1394/etc...) and no Hard drives plugged in. Still freezes. HSF is secure, moved RAM to different slots, used single stick.... :confused:


All parts are from 2 working boxes that I scrapped for the one I'm building (the exception being the PSU, Mobo and RAM as I purchased them new to build this Rig).


I need specs for this RAM as I've been told the board is very particular and hoping to eliminate that as the culprit; of course if anyone has any other idea's, I'm willing to listen (and yes tried other forums, but no one tackled the RAM angle yet)...


<exhale> Thanks

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Here's System Spec:


CM Stacker (4x120mm+2x80mm Fans)

CM 450w Real Power PSU

DFI Lanparty UT nF4 Ultra-D (BIOS@1/25/05)

AMD64 4000+ CPU (Clawhammer)

2xCorsair 512MB (XMS3205v3)

Zalman CNPS7700-CU 120mm HSF

2 x Maxtor DiamondMax 10 SATA/150 300GB(Ch1+2)

2 x Seagate 120GB EIDE ATA-100 (PM+S)

Sony DWD-22A DVD+/-RW Dual Layer

Sapphire Radeon X850 XT 256MB (PCI-E @ 1)

SB Audigy 2 ZS (last slot)

Logitech z-680's


Haven't tried getting the latest BIOS (not chancing a flash, since it freezes within a minute)...


I've no floppy in this build (haven't had for years)..Have USB keys/CD/DVD- ROM...how do I proceed for the memtest (or wait 'til Monday and I'll put them in a PC at work and test it there)


Thanks, in advance

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