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I purchased the 1 gig kit of ValueRam model number VS512MB400 back in Feb of this year. Last week my computer suddenly crashes and can't be recover (even crashes in Safe Mode in XP). During reinstallation of the OS, the computer keep reporting media error. I tried to resolve this by swaping HDD, optical drive and finally purchased a brand new motherboard (stupid of me). With the new motherboard, the same problem pop-up and I finally ran Memtest on the set of RAM. 5 seconds into the test and it's a sea of red.


I don't know why it suddenly dies on me. The set of RAM was functioning properly since the purchase in Feb. 2005. The computer just dies during a session of BF2.

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Can you tell me the make and model of MB you have along with the CPU speed 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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The system config was the following:


Chaintech 7NJL6 motherboard with AMD Athlon XP 3000+ @ 166 FSB

Corsair ValueRam model number VS512MB400, 2 stick sold as a 1 gig kit


The BIOS setting were all "Auto". No overclocking was performed. RAM speed was either set to "SPD" or "Auto".


EDIT: Forgot to say thanks in advance.

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Please make sure that you have the latest BIOS for your MB and load Setup/Optimized default settings, and try the following BIOS settings;

VS512MB400 or VS1GBKIT400

CPU Freq: 166 MHz (333 FSB)

System Performance: User Define

Memory Frequency: 100%

Resulting Frequency: 166 MHz (333 FSB)

Memory Timing: User Define

SDRAM CAS Latency: 2.5T

SDRAM RAS to CAS Delay (tRCD): 3T

SDRAM Row Precharge (tRP): 3T

SDRAM Active to Precharge Delay (tRAS): 8T

DDR Reference Voltage: 2.7 Volts

AGP Voltage: Default *unless you have ATI (9200 or 9600) or NVIDIA (5200 or 5700) then 1.6 Volts suggested!*

All other settings are motherboards defaults

Then please test them one at a time with http://www.memtest.org and let’s make sure it's not some other issue! I would run the test for at least 2-3 passes to be sure!

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