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Memory Compatibility versus Faulty Memory


larrymcg

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My system specs are listed above but the relevant info is an ASUS A7N8X2.0 mobo with 256MB Samsung and 256MB Zerox PC2700 modules in slots 1 and 2. All settings are stock. Been running fine for over 5 years.

 

I just tried adding a 1GB module (Corsair VS1GB333) in slot 3. Booted up the first time and ran fine for a day and then I got a Firefox crash (highly unusual). So I decided to run Memtest-86. After a few minutes it showed 8 errors (tests 3 and 5) so I restarted the test and it showed the exact same errors at the same addresses and with the same bit errors.

 

Is it reasonable to think this is NOT a compatibility error situation because the memtest failures are repeatable? In which case the memory module may be faulty?

 

--Larry

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I tested with only the Corsair 1GB module installed. And it was installed in a different slot this time (slot 1 versus slot 3). Booted fine but memtest showed the same errors at the same addresses (relative to the module) as when all 3 modules were installed.

 

So, for sure I'm going to return the memory module but

I'm wondering if it is worth it to try a replacement module.

 

If I was pretty sure that it was a faulty module then I'd try for sure.

If it is compatibility related then another module would be a problem too.

Or maybe there is a Corsair module with higher quality than the VS (ValueSelect)?

 

Suggestions?

 

--Larry

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In the face of no additional info, I bravely exchanged the memory module for an identical one. Wahoo! It works fine and passes memtest-86.

 

I have to say that I'm just a bit disappointed that my very first purchase of a Corsair memory turned out to be a faulty module. I'll keep trying in the future since I think Corsair has a good reputation.

 

--Larry (there's nothing as cheap as more memory to speed things up!) :biggrin:

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