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    Default Intel D955XCS and P4 640 crashing for now reason

    I built a system using an Intel Desktop Board D955XCS and an Intel Pentium 4 640 Prescott 3.2GHz processor, and loaded Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 OEM. The system, sitting idle in Windows, crashes after 3 days - three long beeps like a bad POST code, the screen goes dark, and the system can only be reset with a hard power-cycle. I am using the CPU fan/heatsink that came with the chip.

    Does anyone have any ideas as to what might be wrong here?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Intel D955XCS and P4 640 crashing for now reason

    Have you checked the temperatures? You mention the HSF so are obviously thinking about cooling. Prescott processors have always been notorious for running hot anyway, so looking at running temps might be a good starting place.
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    Default Re: Intel D955XCS and P4 640 crashing for now reason

    The one package I found that reports CPU temperature on this system, PC Wizard 2007, reports it at 40 degrees Celsius for one of the two cores and 39 for the other. I don't know how it's getting this information, but it sounds ok to me.

    Any idea what the 3 beeps might mean? I have not been able to find anything online or through Intel.

    The board is being reported as an Intel DG965RY, processor as Intel Core 2 Duo E6600.

    I had a problem with RAM - I had first tried to install G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory, model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ. It would boot on one stick but was unstable, and wouldn't boot with two sticks.

    Then, after communicating with both Intel Support (who said it was a memory problem) and G.Skill technical support, G.Skill recommended G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory, model F2-6400PHU2-2GBNR.

    After installing that, both sticks work and the system seemed stable. Seemed. I didn't know that it would crash after 3 days of running.

    Intel actually said this still sounds like a memory problem. They keep pointing me to their web page that lists supported memory for this motherboard, and unfortunately G.Skill memory is not listed there at all.

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    Default Re: Intel D955XCS and P4 640 crashing for now reason

    Test the memory with Memtest86+ and see what happens.

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    Default Re: Intel D955XCS and P4 640 crashing for now reason

    Quote Originally Posted by mike26 View Post
    The one package I found that reports CPU temperature on this system, PC Wizard 2007, reports it at 40 degrees Celsius for one of the two cores and 39 for the other. I don't know how it's getting this information, but it sounds ok to me.

    Any idea what the 3 beeps might mean? I have not been able to find anything online or through Intel.

    The board is being reported as an Intel DG965RY, processor as Intel Core 2 Duo E6600.

    I had a problem with RAM - I had first tried to install G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory, model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ. It would boot on one stick but was unstable, and wouldn't boot with two sticks.

    Then, after communicating with both Intel Support (who said it was a memory problem) and G.Skill technical support, G.Skill recommended G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory, model F2-6400PHU2-2GBNR.

    After installing that, both sticks work and the system seemed stable. Seemed. I didn't know that it would crash after 3 days of running.

    Intel actually said this still sounds like a memory problem. They keep pointing me to their web page that lists supported memory for this motherboard, and unfortunately G.Skill memory is not listed there at all.
    If u can, try putting in another brand of memory there.U can lend one from ur friend.I also think that this is a memory problem.Try another memory & let us know what happens.Also flash ur mobo with the newest Bios.

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    Default Re: Intel D955XCS and P4 640 crashing for now reason

    I had a similar problem that cleared up when I re-installed windows. I would re-install as a last result because it likely isn't the windows, but I did have a friend who had a corrupted install of windows that prevented him from installing a Radeon 9250 PCI.
    Mobo...............Asus P5N-SLI (NF570)
    RAM................2 GB Kingston DDR2/667 CL5
    GPU................Evga e-GeForce 7900GTO 512MB
    CPU................Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 2MB L2
    HDD................Hitachi 160 GB IDE
    Disk Drive.........Sony DVD+-RW 16x IDE
    PSU................BFG 650W (on sale for 80$, 80$off!!)
    OS..................Windows XP Home SP2
    Sound card......Sound Blaster x-FI xtreme music
    Overclocked somewhat w/Arctic cooler freezer 7 pro
    other info: saitek eclipse red backlit keyboard
    cheap micro innovations wireless optical mouse
    logitech x-530 speakers (5.1)
    18" viewable KDS CRT monitor (I'll upgrade when it dies)
    about 8 80MM fans and I sleeved most of the cables
    It would be quiet but I have 1 noisy Vantek that blows like a turbine. A crappy generic case which with cammo paint and holes all over.



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