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Hi there,

 

I think i have some faulty corsair VS RAM.

 

My specs are as follows:

AMD Athlon 64 3000+

DFI NF4 Ultra-D

Corsair DDR400 2GB VS (Brainpower PCB and TCCD chips)

Leadtek 7800GTX

Antec TP2.0 480W

 

The RAM has been running happily at 3-3-3-8 2.8v 240MHz for about a year. And out of the blue, yesterday, windows doesn't start up properly (sometimes it freezes, other times i get all these errors) and things start crashing. I initially thought it was a virus or some sort and decided i need a fresh install anyway, and proceeded to install a fresh copy of Vista. I then put everything back to stock (as you do during windows installs and BIOS flashes). During the install it bluescreened on me a few times, and once more when vista was 'testing' the performance of my system.

 

I then ran memtest 86 and it turned up heaps of errors. I got 5 errors within 2 seconds of starting it and hundreds more within a 10 seconds.

 

Is there anything more i can do, or are they completely dead?

 

Thanks!

 

Edit: I ran memtest for 2.5 hours at 3-3-3-8 DDR400 2.8v and it turned up over 80000 errors. I tried 2.6v, which is stock, and not surprisingly, it turned up even more errors faster.

 

I've tried different combinations in different slots and they all give errors. I isolated it down to 1 stick, the other stick seems to work fine (only tried for a few mins) but one stick seems to be giving all the errors.

 

Need me to post a screenshot of the memtest?

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Please load setup defaults and set the Dim Voltage to 2.7 volts and then then test the module/modules one at a time with http://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. In addition, with this MB you have to disable legacy USB in the bios when running any memory test
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Hi there,

 

I just ran the test with everything set to defaults and USB legacy devices disabled and 2.7v through the RAM.

 

With only the stick that i suspected working in, i didn't get any errors. But as soon as i put the faulty stick in, i got errors as soon as the test started. I tried the faulty stick on its own as well, and turned out to produce just as many errors.

 

I guess there's no doubt that one stick is faulty :(.

 

Thanks for your help mate.

 

Cheers!

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Please use the On Line RMA Request Form and we will be happy to replace them.

 

Thanks :).

 

Just another question,

 

The ram i bought was VS1GB400C3, but i bought 2 at the same time so they have almost sequential serial numbers, meaning there was most chance i could run them in dual channel (and i could). Do you think i could return both and get a kit replacement?

 

Thanks!

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NP Please let me know if you have any more questions and it will take about 24-48 hours excluding weekends and holidays if not please either call our customer service at 888-222-4346 or 510-657-8747 and dial "0" 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific time Monday Threw Friday excluding Holidays or follow the link in my signature "If you have submitted the RMA using the on line form and have not got a reply!"
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