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    Default GA-P35-DS3R fails to boot: 3 beeps, pause, series of beeps

    Hi, guys,

    I have the following hardware:

    Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R mobo (see this thread my history with this board)
    Intel Q6600
    4 x 1 GB Crucial Ballistix PC1066 (DDR2)
    Corsair HX-series CMPSU-520HX psu
    Nvidia 8600gt
    Audigy 4 Pro
    Samsung 500 GB SATA2 drive, and one more SATA2 drive

    Everything is on a APC UPS, etc.

    Aside from the failed BIOS flash (linked above), the system ran very smoothing for at least a year. Then, I started coming home to random reboots, and then had difficulty restarting and/or resuming from standby with increasing frequency. After a few days of this, I couldn't boot at all: all fans and drives powered up, but no video, and 3 beeps, a pause, followed by a constant series of short beeps.

    I left the computer alone for one-to-two months and just finally had a chance to give it a look. (The joys of being a parent and young research faculty.)

    Having read that 3 beeps indicates a base 64K failure, and figuring that failing RAM could have caused my earlier intermittent reboots, I removed the RAM and tried the memory one stick at a time in all 4 slots and determined that the computer would fail to boot/post if one particular stick was in (interestingly, with no beeps whatsoever). So, I figured the stick of RAM had failed and ran with my remaining good set of DDR2.

    The computer ran fine for 1-2 days like this, but then started having the same difficulty resuming from hibernation, and now has the same 3 beeps while failing to POST.

    All fans and drives appear to power up fine. For the 1-2 days the computer worked, it seemed stable. Video and sound cards are clearly fine. Power supply seems fine, as it's a top-notch one running well below capacity, and it worked for a few days after swapping out the RAM.

    So, what do you think? By incredibly bad luck, both sets of RAM failed? Or is there something going on with my mobo or power supply?

    I greatly appreciate your insight and help. You were all tremendously helpful the last time I had problems with this board.
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    Default Re: GA-P35-DS3R fails to boot: 3 beeps, pause, series of beeps

    You do not have a post in the thread you linked about your boards history, what was that supposed to mean?


    Since you have had this PC for a year, I assume you are using 2.2V Rated Crucial's correct? If so, they have found a design flaw in those sets and have replaced the whole series. You should setup a RMA and they will ship you 2 new sets of 2.0V rated sticks. If you need some help finding the RMA info let me know, they offer lifetime warranty and will cross-ship for a charge of course. You will need to specify you want the 2.0V rated sticks to be sure you do not get sent back a set of the old faulty type modules.

    Then your issues should be solved. If you have or can borrow any other ram to test with you could see if this is indeed the issue, but I tend to think it is after your comments and testing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Since you have had this PC for a year, I assume you are using 2.2V Rated Crucial's correct? If so, they have found a design flaw in those sets and have replaced the whole series. You should setup a RMA and they will ship you 2 new sets of 2.0V rated sticks. If you need some help finding the RMA info let me know, they offer lifetime warranty and will cross-ship for a charge of course. You will need to specify you want the 2.0V rated sticks to be sure you do not get sent back a set of the old faulty type modules.
    A design issue in Ballistix PC8500? Really? I have 4x1GB 2.2v Ballistix, just over a year old and am having on going problems with booting and beeping (see this thread) which just started manifesting themselves a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I should RMA them? Memtest shows no errors.

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    Yes, you sure can RMA them. If you do Be sure you specify you want the new 2.0V rated sticks so they do not send you the old ones thinking you wanted exact replacements (As some customers do want exact replacements)

    Hmm, no Memtest86+ errors though, how long are you testing? How about Vista memory test?

    I will go check your thread you linked now sorry for missing it the past few days I am still pretty far behind here, no errors what is the issue then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    You do not have a post in the thread you linked about your boards history, what was that supposed to mean?
    No offense or insinuated subtext was intended. I provided the link in case the board's prior issues might be relevant here. Evidently, it was not, and I apologize.

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    Ohh man I am sorry, I did not mean I took offense at all. I just was not sure if you meant to maybe link another thread or if you had meant to post a reply on that thread but just had not or forgot and thought you did. So I just wrote that incase you thought you did and didn't or something along those lines

    Sorry if I made it sound like I was offended or anything because I was not, just wasn't sure why you linked it

    Let me know if you need any more help or you need help finding the RMA info for that memory. I can help you with settings, but it sounds like you should RMA the memory to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Ohh man I am sorry, I did not mean I took offense at all. I just was not sure if you meant to maybe link another thread or if you had meant to post a reply on that thread but just had not or forgot and thought you did. So I just wrote that incase you thought you did and didn't or something along those lines

    Sorry if I made it sound like I was offended or anything because I was not, just wasn't sure why you linked it

    Let me know if you need any more help or you need help finding the RMA info for that memory. I can help you with settings, but it sounds like you should RMA the memory to me
    Thanks. :) Also, it looks like I idiotically linked to the wrong thread. :) When I saw your comment, my own mod "genes" kicked in and made me reevaluate my post. ;)

    I'll let you know if I need a hand on the memory RMA, but I should be able to find and handle it.

    I'm a little amazed at the probability of (at least) 2 of 4 sticks failing at roughly the same time, but it certainly makes sense if they're of comparable quality and failing due to the same design flaw when exposed to the same conditions.

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    Default Re: GA-P35-DS3R fails to boot: 3 beeps, pause, series of beeps

    K, well good luck with the RMA.

    Ya those 2.2V Crucial's had a terrible habit of dying often for sure, undervolted/overvolted or just out of the blue. If you google "2nd or 3rd RMA on my crucial's you will see what I mean. Many users who still have them are on their third or even fourth and fifth sets for various reasons.

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    So is there an inherent fault in all 2.2v Ballistix memory, or is it more the case that they have a very high mortality rate? If memtest86+ doesn't show up any errors then perhaps an RMA isn't appropriate? On the other hand if one stick is faulty and somebody has four of them, replacing the one faulty one with a 2.0v version isn't an option as they'd all need replacing.

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    Default Re: GA-P35-DS3R fails to boot: 3 beeps, pause, series of beeps

    Both really, a design flaw that causes high failure rate covers all of that.

    How long are you running memtest86+? They may be fine, if no erorrs are found after 5-10 full passes so a RMA on them would be up to you.

    Yes, if one stick is bad out of four, two would have to be RMA'd as a set and yes, you would therefore need to RMA both sets because you cannot run the two models together

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