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Old 12-02-2012, 12:31 PM   #16
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You can't exactly test some ram in single stick. If the ram is supposed to be run in pairs, it needs to be tested in pairs.
 
Old 12-02-2012, 01:19 PM   #17
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When I run memtest on stick x & y I get errors. Removing y and running memtest gives no errors. Removing x & reinstalling y then perform another memtest gives errors. From process of elimination I can tell y is the bad egg. I would almost think it was the DIMM bank but after the bad stick is put into a different DIMM the same errors occur. If I can find my older sticks I can test them both but as of now I only have 1 stick & its holding up. All the previous problems I was having are gone & I'm again able to use my system as normal.

Currently installing Debian squeeze after already installing Slackware & Windows XP.
 
Old 12-03-2012, 04:01 AM   #18
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You should probably get another pair of sticks because it will work better if the sticks are the same (dual channel), and the good stick will likely fail as well in the near future.

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You can't exactly test some ram in single stick. If the ram is supposed to be run in pairs, it needs to be tested in pairs.
That's not true, the only reason to pair RAM sticks is for dual-channel ... or for newer systems triplets for triple channel.
 
Old 12-03-2012, 04:21 AM   #19
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Running a memtest now. Its been going on for quite some time. It's on test 3 now. I have 2GB of RAM DDR400 installed. Not sure but the error column to the right keeps increasing so does that mean I need new RAM?
Your RAM is running at a non-standard speed, 'DDR358'. If you are using 166/333 MHz FSB or 200/400 MHz FSB you should have 'DDR333' or 'DDR400'.

Try moving your RAM back to DDR333.
 
Old 12-03-2012, 11:04 AM   #20
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Initially I was using DDR 400 but I'm limited to a maximum of 2GB due to the lack of a memory controller. Now I will step down to DDR 333 but at the same time step up to 3GB. My M/B is an A-Open AK86-L and has certain limitations.

Thank you'll again.
 
Old 12-03-2012, 11:19 AM   #21
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I recommend checking your manual to see about dual-channel configurations. You cannot use dual-channel with 3GB of RAM, you need either 2GB or 4GB, and they need to be plugged in such that the sizes match for each DIMM bank.
 
Old 12-03-2012, 11:39 AM   #22
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Wow the RAM? I never would imagine that just going bad all of the sudden. LOL! I mean it just sits there not bothering anyone and not being bothered. What are the chances? Don't answer that, life is full of surprises that sometimes cant be explained; or can it? Bmmm Bmmm Bmmmmm.

Thank you all for your responses, I'm anxious to get home and resolve this issue or at least try and resolve it. Might have to just unscrew everything take it apart and put it back together, that works sometimes you know!
hehe, I've actually seen where one of the (capacitors? resistors?) physically fell off of the ram stick in one of my laptops causing the stick to fail, fortunately I got a replacement on warranty, but still, ram can fail for one reason or another, it's when ram sticks repeatedly fail that you might have a problem.
 
Old 12-03-2012, 11:41 AM   #23
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You should probably get another pair of sticks because it will work better if the sticks are the same (dual channel), and the good stick will likely fail as well in the near future.



That's not true, the only reason to pair RAM sticks is for dual-channel ... or for newer systems triplets for triple channel.
unless of course you are running legacy hardware with 8-bit ram on a 16 bit channel as they often did with SIMMs, but that's so far out of date as to be irrelevant these days :P
 
Old 12-03-2012, 12:35 PM   #24
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unless of course you are running legacy hardware with 8-bit ram on a 16 bit channel as they often did with SIMMs, but that's so far out of date as to be irrelevant these days :P
I have never seen such a machine, but I suppose they still exist somewhere.
 
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Thumbs up

Got my new memory sticks and system isn't having any of the previous problems. Large data copies are able to complete without errors and my machine is running good again.

Code:
free -m
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:          3022        748       2274          0        139        270
-/+ buffers/cache:        338       2684
Swap:         2928          0       2928
Thanks again!
 
  


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