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    Ok, so maybe you've read my earlier posts on this same problem. Recently I've been having HDD trouble, which I know should go in the other Thread, but i"m only touching on it for a minute. I ran the WD diagnostic program and came up with no errors, and it seems to be running ok now. But I recently reformatted the whole HDD and did a clean install of everything. but I'm still getting the reboots when I try to download games and movies from Bit Torrent (if anyone of you out there know what it is). So I think it might by my RAM, currently 2 sticks of 256mb PC2700 333Mhz. So should I just scrap them and buy like a new 512mb Chip? Maybe get 400Mhz which my mobo (Albatron KX400-8X) supports with a quick bios tweak. I'd like to test the RAM, but I lost the program, if anyone could link me up with that, it would be much appreciated. Thanks again. Tweaktown Rules!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dallows
    Ok, so maybe you've read my earlier posts on this same problem. Recently I've been having HDD trouble, which I know should go in the other Thread, but i"m only touching on it for a minute. I ran the WD diagnostic program and came up with no errors, and it seems to be running ok now. But I recently reformatted the whole HDD and did a clean install of everything. but I'm still getting the reboots when I try to download games and movies from Bit Torrent (if anyone of you out there know what it is). So I think it might by my RAM, currently 2 sticks of 256mb PC2700 333Mhz. So should I just scrap them and buy like a new 512mb Chip? Maybe get 400Mhz which my mobo (Albatron KX400-8X) supports with a quick bios tweak. I'd like to test the RAM, but I lost the program, if anyone could link me up with that, it would be much appreciated. Thanks again. Tweaktown Rules!

    Just try using 1 RAM module at a time to test them in your system. Chances are just 1 stick is unstable if thats your problem.

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    You mean leaving one stick and running the system, seeing if it will reboot again? Couldn't I just get a memtest program and check both that way? Problem is I forgot the exact name of the memtest program. Does it sound like a memory problem though? I do get an error at the blue screen and it says something like "DRIVER_IRQL_LESS_THAN_EQUAL." But all of my drivers for the hardware are in order and working properly, there are no system conflicts or anything like that.
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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Dallows
    [B]You mean leaving one stick and running the system, seeing if it will reboot again?

    Yes, and then if that one module you left in does the same thing, take it out and try the other module.

    I don't know if the problem is your RAM or not from your breif discription of your problem but it very well could be if your system restarts occasionally and most of all if it does it while using 3D software (Video Games). Theres alot of other things it could be like an underpowered power suppy,CMOS setting, or heat, ect. but unstable RAM is a very likely canidate for undesired restarts.

    You can find alot of free trail programs at www.download.com and maybe even your memtest program your talking about but if I were you I'd do as I said becuase I'm not sure how well such programs work and doing it manually is a sure way to tell if its the problem. Its also possible both modules are bad but unlikely.

    Judging from your error message it sounds like its driver related or an IRQ setting might be shared with other hardware but thats only a guess.

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    There are no IRQ conflicts that I am aware of, I've checked for them often and found nothing so far. I'm running the memtest program right now on that computer, but it takes awhile apparently. Also, my computer never ever reboots when I'm playing games or running any other programs. Only when using Bit Torrent, like I said before, but I don't know if you're aware of what it is. Basically a p2p file sharing dl program. I know people that use it and no one has the same problem as me. Which leads me to believe it is my memory. I will keep trying different things, including what you said to do. Thanks again. One other thing, if I run the memtest program and it comes up with no errors, but I test the ram by taking one out and testing it by itself, yet it still reboots, do you think it could be both sticks of ram or something else? Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dallows
    There are no IRQ conflicts that I am aware of, I've checked for them often and found nothing so far. I'm running the memtest program right now on that computer, but it takes awhile apparently. Also, my computer never ever reboots when I'm playing games or running any other programs. Only when using Bit Torrent, like I said before, but I don't know if you're aware of what it is. Basically a p2p file sharing dl program. I know people that use it and no one has the same problem as me. Which leads me to believe it is my memory. I will keep trying different things, including what you said to do. Thanks again. One other thing, if I run the memtest program and it comes up with no errors, but I test the ram by taking one out and testing it by itself, yet it still reboots, do you think it could be both sticks of ram or something else? Thanks again.

    In the past I've had certain brands of RAM that were unstable on one Mainboard but worked fine on another, but chances are if both do the same thing seperatly it's probably something else, infact since its only doing it while using that p2p software (which I didn't know before) it probably has something to do with the software. Do you have an Ativirus program installed that could be cuasing some kind of conflict with that program?

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    I have norton antivirus 2003 installed along with the systemworks and internet security. Would there be a way to tell if the two software programs were conflicting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dallows
    I have norton antivirus 2003 installed along with the systemworks and internet security. Would there be a way to tell if the two software programs were conflicting?

    Uninstall them and see what happens, you can always reinstall if that doesn't do the trick. It's an easy way to start troubleshooting or maybe you should just use Kazaa instead and scrap that P2P program you are using right now...:hammer: since that is the only program giving you trouble.

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    Yeah, but the program is really really good, and Kazaa doesn't have the stuff bit torrent offers.
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    just use Kazaa instead and scrap that P2P program you are using right now
    Someone actually suggested that Kazaa be installed as an alternative P2P program???? Do your homework and leave Kazaa alone!! That program has more garbage with it than any other program than I have ever heard of. If you want spyware, adware, and malware installed in your system and would like to see your computing power and bandwidth greatly reduced then go for it dude.

    If you must use a version of Kazaa then at least settle for Kazaalite http://www.kazaalite.tk/ ..... no spyware or added garbage. Of course that won't stop you from downloading false files, trojans, or virii but at least you won't be intentionally filling your harddrive with nasty stuff.

    Dallows, just a guess, but if the only time you have problems with your system is when you use Bit Torrent then your problem is prolly related to the program itself. A conflict with something else on your system? Have you tried different versions of Bit Torrent? The newest version of Shareaza http://www.zeropaid.com/shareaza/ has no added nasties and claims to be able to handle Bit Torrent downloads but I have yet to get the thing to work properly for them ... might be an option....
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