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I bought 2x512MB modules of Corsair XMS3200 Ram sticks from ebuyer:




on the 24-05-2005


Arrived fine, and were put in my new system - Asus A8N-sli motherboard with an Athlon64 3000+.


For a while they were fine, then I started getting BSOD errors.


I tried each stick separately, and it seemed to be only one giving me errors.


I removed the apparent dodgy one, and the system ran fine for a bit with just the one stick.


Then, it started playing up as well.


At the moment I'm running with both sticks in dual-channel mode and am getting frequent crashes.


Constant BSODs, each attributing different errors - PFN_list_corrupt, an nv4_disp.dll, I think there was an USB_BUGCODE driver one, all kinds of random errors.


I am getting constant crashes in games - Counter Strike: Source is constantly just closing and forcing me back to desktop; I've had a few "memory could not be read" errors while attempting to play Garry's Mod; along with all the BSODs.


Firefox is also constantly crashing me to the desktop.


I cannot run memtest86 as my floppy drive doesn't work; however I am about to run memtest+ from a USB drive and see what happens.


None of my parts are overclocked; they are all at factory default settings.


There's a few of my posts at PCformat here:







From looking at TSXExpress, my timings should be:


Speed: 400MHz Latency: 2-3-3-6 Voltage: 2.75


I am not sure how to get into my bios to check this - should my bios settings read the same as this? If they don't; and I change them, should it fix the problems?


Any help would be appreciated - I really want my ram to work!


Thanks in advance,



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Yes Please set the Dim Voltage to 2.7X volts and then set the timings manually to the tested settings for the specific module you have, and then test the module/modules one at a time with www.memtest.org! If you still get errors, please follow the link in my signature “I think I have a bad part!” and we will be happy to replace them or it! However, if you get errors with both modules that would suggest some other problem and I would test them in another system or MB to be sure.


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Thanks for the reply.


I can't run memtest as have no CDburner or floppt drive; it took me about half an hour yesterday trying to get my USB drive to be bootable and my motherboard doesn't even seem to support USB booting; I will look for a BIOS update.


At the moment I'm running with only one stick; with both in, it's crashed 3 times this morning and I've only had the PC on for 10 minutes.


ONce it crashed while I was surfing the web, then TWICE before I could even get logged into Windows.


I'll try the voltage timings you said.





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Hi again,


I'm getting seriouly peeved with this memory, and quickly getting disillusioned with the company.


Upon crashing a further two times, I switched the sticks over, and got more constand blue screens - attributing, among other things, ntfs.sys and something about a stack error.


I tried both sticks in together, and this resulting in getting NO signal to the monitor.


I took one out, and still had no signal.


I swapped them over; got a signal on the monitor, but again, constant bluescreens, before the WIndows login even appeared.


At the moment I'm using some generic 256 sticks I found on my workbench, and they seem to be running stable.


I can't test if it's the graphics card yet as the motherboard has no on-board graphics.


I can't run memtest as I spent 1/2 an hour last night trying to get my USB drive bootable and it doesn't work.


Please help before I throw my PC out the window!


- Paul




I change the voltage settings as you said, but this resulted in the no signal errors.


I now cannot access the BIOS as it doesn't seem to respond to the <del> key.




Been running a long time with these genericy sticks and it's been rock solid so far. Even let me play a bit of Counter-strike :D

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