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I've built an AL8-V system with 3.0GHz CPU, 1GB Corsair ValueSelect RAM, MSI NX6600GT-TD128E graphics card, and ANTEC SmartPower 2.0 400W Power Supply. This system has been working fine for about 3 weeks, but the other day it "died". When trying to boot, the POST code shows 25 (Early PCI Initialization).


I've tried discharging the CMOS data to set it back to defaults; also tried disconnecting all the other peripherals (HDD, CD etc) but still the same result. Have not made any change to the system recently.


I wondered whether there is a compatibility problem with the RAM? The Corsair web site shows only 2 modules compatible with the AL8-V (TWIN2X2048-6400 & TWIN2X2048-6400PRO), but for the AL8 board (basically the same as AL8-V but with Firewire), it lists more, including VS1GBKIT667D2. However, I have VS1GB667D2 i.e. 1x1GB stick instead of 2x512MB sticks - I assumed this was OK. (The intention is to get another 1GB stick soon to make use of the dual channel, but couldn't afford it at the moment.)


I don't have any spare parts to try swapping components.

Can anyone help, or suggest the cause and solution?



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This modules should be compatible with that MB however, you may have to run the memory at 667 Mhz. And I would set the voltage to 2.1 Volts. But what you have posted might suggest some other problem, do you have a PCI Video card you can test the system with? Or another PCI XPress Video card?
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Thanks. I didn't read anything in the MoBo manual about setting the speed for the RAM - I thought it would be already running at 667 MHz? When I get the system back up and running, I'll check this and the voltage in the uGuru utility (I guess that's the right place).


I didn't expect the problem to be due to the RAM, but I thought it was worth asking the question. I don't have a spare PCI-E video card, and if I've got an old PCI one still hanging around I'd be surprised - but I'll have a look later.


Next option is to go to the shop where I bought the parts, and see if they can help with a spare card to test the system with...

unless you have any other suggestions?

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Just to let you know...

I took my PC for a drive yesterday to the PC shop, to try a different video card or something. When they plugged it in, it worked fine!!!!! :confused:


So it could be an intermittent problem. If it happens again, I'll take it for a drive around the block and see what happens! :):

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