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Random Game Crashes, and rarely a reboot.


Baver

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I purchased Corsair 1GB PC3200 400MHz (2x512MB) DDR 184Pin - Model #VS1GBKIT400 the other day and installed it. Using a ECS EliteGroup PT800CE-A motherboard. ATI Radeon 9800 Pro video card if that matters too.

 

Since installed while playing some online games they will randomly just crash to desktop completly. Than earlier today while I was playing one it crashed to desktop and right after that it rebooted.

 

I don't have anything overclocked or anything, just running standard settings. I assume it's from the ram considering I didn't have the problem until adding the ram.

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Please go to the manufacturer's website and see if they have any BIOS update available for your board, and flash your BIOS to the latest one. If not, then I will highly recommend you to test the memory module to a different system and see if the same behavior or problem will occur; it is more than likely a board problem and not a memory module problem.
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I purchased Corsair 1GB PC3200 400MHz (2x512MB) DDR 184Pin - Model #VS1GBKIT400 the other day and installed it. Using a ECS EliteGroup PT800CE-A motherboard. ATI Radeon 9800 Pro video card if that matters too.

 

Since installed while playing some online games they will randomly just crash to desktop completly. Than earlier today while I was playing one it crashed to desktop and right after that it rebooted.

 

I don't have anything overclocked or anything, just running standard settings. I assume it's from the ram considering I didn't have the problem until adding the ram.

:bigeyes:

 

like me ! so it is the ram the prob«!!! OMG!!! OHMG!!! OOOO MMEEEH GOOOD!!!

 

RAM guy confirm this, I mostly got same settings then him! Is it why it crash 4me 2?

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What Ram guy was trying to say is that sometimes a perfectly working motherboard & videocard can have issues when you change a component. Everything was & still is in working order, but these old parts didn't like the new part. Usually it's only a BIOS problem but sometimes it's the actual motherboard that don't like the new part. I had a motherboard once that HATED the Audigy so I was forced to buy a Fortissimo III instead...
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Baver, I'll try to steer you through the process (if ECS uses standard flash procedure) : First download the flash program you will use HERE . Then download the latest bios HERE . Now that you have both files you need a brand new floppy. I say brand new because if the floppy have any kind of fault you may render your motherboard useless. Now insert the floppy in the drive & format it as "bootable floppy". Then drag the "AWD830.EXE" file onto the floppy. Next click on the "10e.exe" file & it should theoretically unzip 3 files. get those 3 new files onto the floppy as well. Now that you have your floppy ready reboot the PC while leaving the floppy in. If windows restarts that means that the floppy is not the first boot device. If that's the case you'll have to ask how to make the floppy the first boot device ;): . If you have rebooted onto the floppy you will see a black screen with a "A:\" DOS prompt. Type "AWD830.EXE cea409.bin" (don't forget the space between the 2 programs) to start the flash program. Then it will ask you if you want to do this, say yes (by pressing the "Y" key). Then all you have to do is let it finish. Now just remove the floppy & reboot...
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Well, I was asking if I could do the same thing said with the floppy about copying those 2 files to it then first device boot on floppy but instead burn to cd, then boot first device cd rom.

 

Only ask because I suppose floppy drive is plugged up wrong etc right now, or broken.

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Well if you can make the CD a bootable CD then yes, otherwise by setting up the BIOS on first boot device to a CD drive is not the same as having a bootable floppy; that only means that it will read first to the CD, but the CD has to be a bootable CD.
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I'll assume you're using Windows XP : First insert a floppy in the drive. Then click on Start, Then on My computer, Then you rightclick on the floppy & select the "format..." option. In the menu that pops up leave everything as is except in the 'format options' you need to check "Create an MS-DOS startup disk". Even if you use another Windows flavor the procedure is almost identical...
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Alright, I did all of that BIOS stuff exactly how you explained to do it.

 

After doing that I loaded Counter Strike: Source up and played for around 30-45mins maybe, then I had a crash to desktop. Game freezed, maybe 10s error type sounding beep then crash to desktop.

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Well ran Memtest86 in first with both sticks, how I'd normally have it. Started it when I went to sleep. 6hrs later it has brought up 133errors, going to try running individual stick later tonight.

 

Also, if it is the ram, are you able to exchange it, or w/e (the warrenty) without receipt? Because sent it in with the rebate and if had another, don't anymore.

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So, Is 133 Memtest errors higher or lower than your previous test? Also, If the memory is indeed faulty then yes, You can exchange Corsair DIMMs without cash receipts. It's little things like this that make me love Corsair products!
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Yeah, one of the reasons I went with Corsair, had heard nothing but good things. :) This is my first Memtest86 run since this is new ram, so I ran it with both sticks how I would normally use them for first time, having 133errors in 6hrs. That's most I could tell you from that run. Proboly going to run a single stick tonight or both seperate to see how they are. Because if it's just faulty ram will have to do whatever to exchange with the warranty. I was freakin earlier if it is the ram considering someone tossed the receipt. :sunglasse
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Alright well, heres results of running individual sticks.

 

I ran them in the same slot, will proboly run 1 in other tonight.

 

One stick ran for 44 passes and only 2 errors that were both in test5.

The other I ran for a short time so I could get other in, but it had 2 passes. And this is all compared to no passes and 133 errors lastnight with both sticks in...

 

Any ideas?

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Can you tell me the CPU speed that you have and it's FSB as well? In addition, please tell me the bios settings you have set for both CPU and memory and any performance settings that you may have set?
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My CPU is Intel Pentium 4 3.2 Ghz. Where do I find out the FSB etc? :sigh!:

 

And what am I looking for under BIOS, everything is at it's default updated flash BIOS settings.

 

And sorry for having to ask so many questions on how to do some things, first computer I've built, so a lot to learn.

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Please check the MB user manual for the bios settings and how to change them. But that should be a setting usually under Frequency and Voltage control in your MB bios. And I would set the Dim or DDR voltage to 2.7 Volts as wll.
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Will check it out tomorrow during the day, I was playing CSS a lot of the day, didn't have the usual crashes, except later on at night a while ago I had it turn to blue screen/reboot. :O
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