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    hey guys, i got a lot of help with my little latency questions so i figured id ask here again with one more problem. I originally bought the more expensive kingston ram but it was bad, when i bought this one (Khx3200AK2/1g) i wanted to make sure it was perfect. After tweaking around with the latency settings i think ive got it set to a good lvl 2-2-3-6. The problem was when i first started it up under these settings i got a couple crashes.

    i restarted into bios and set the FSB to 400 and the voltage to 2.65V's. I havent had any crashes or problems since that, but im still a little worried so i let a memory test utility run for about 5 or 6 hours when i got home it had one error at roughly 2500%

    http://hcidesign.com/

    is the mem tester i used. Im worried, do i have bad ram or could this be a fluke? i want to make damn sure i dont got a pad pair of sticks, but im not quite sure how. anyone got any sugestions? im not sure how reliable windows based ram testers are, and if that coulda just been a fluke

    any help is apreciated

    ^_^x KD

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    You actually got the crappier version of the ram. The one you want is the KHX3200, no A, AK, or anything else after it.

    Run Memtest86. Try it at stock speed/timings first. If it gives errors, you have a bad stick, or both.

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    i bought that one originally but it wasn't working right with my board so i took it back, 2nd stick was tweaked too, found out that one was just incompatibilty.

    i got an asus p4p800

    anyway ran memtest 86, and it froze at test 7. no error msg, just froze, tried it with my manual and default settings, froze by test 7 both times. whats this mean? Note i havent had any problems with it or anything i just want to make sure this ram is good before the 7 days on return passes

    ^_^x KD

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    It's not incompatibility, I run the same memory in the same board without a problem. Don't know why yours didn't work.

    What is your FSB? Is it overclocked? If its over 200 they may be needing a voltage bump.

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    Try this download link for goldmemory 5.07
    Do one stick at a time.
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    no my comp FSB is the regular 800 (200)

    and this memory is working, i havent had any problems with it, i just need to find out if its got any problems that im just not seeing right now, becasue the return policy at the store i got it isn't very long. i dont want to notice its bad a month or 2 from now

    i'll try that goldmemory thing, but i had heard memtest 86 was one of the best ones, i dont get why it froze on cycle 7 every time

    hope this works

    ^_^x kD

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    Ok, ran the test with that gold one and it seemed to come out alright. let it do 2 passes for about an hour and didn't get any errors. I still would like to get memtest to work. Does anyone have any ideas why it might be freezing on test 7? is that an indication of bad ram, or something else? its bugging me


    ^_^x KD

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    I have run goldmemory on over 100 assorted ramsticks sdr and ddr, and it correctly diagnosed every bad one. The memory has to be run at the correct speed. For example, faulty pc133 tested with 100 or 66fsb would probably check out fine. Same goes for pc2700 tested at 133 or 100fsb etc. So make sure the rated speed of the ram matches the speed it's run at while using this app. And the 32bit test is the most important.
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    asus a7n8xe-dlx
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    seagate sataII 250gb/seagate 7200rpm 160gb ide
    samsung dvdrw
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    logitech mx518/ logitech wingman rumble
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    im a little confused on how to make sure i got the 32 bit test.. i just turned it on, booted with it, let it get past the 43 second trial period wait thing and let it run by default... it ran through 2 passes ( had a /2 on the rating when i quit it) and then i just stopped it

    was that the 32 bit version, and was that enough passes? if not how do i run the 32 bit check, and how many passes should i let it go

    ^_^x KD

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    If your system passes Prime 95, it is stable for everything. That program catches things nothing else will. If it fails memtest and your system runs fine anyway, its stable and I wouldn't get so anal about it.

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