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brett
October 9th 04, 12:47 PM
Hi all,

I have recently purchased a new AMD 64-bit processor, and it (or something
else) is giving me constant troubles with windows 2000 (SP4) constantly
crashing.

I have the following hardware:

AMD 3200 64bit processor
Gigabyte GA- K8VM800M motherboard
2x 512Mb DDR PC-3200
GeForce FX5200EP video card.


The interesting thing is that win2k crashes (blue screen) when I only have
one memory card in the motherboard. This happens regardless of the memory
slot, or which of the two memory cards I use.
I usually run the board with both memory card in use and it crashes
(unreliably) every hour or so. This usually happens when I am using the
internet, but it sometimes if I have no connection to the web, but I am
doing something intensive like a compilation. I've tried installing XP-64bit
and it does that same thing with that OS too.

This is a most frustrating situation, and it sounds like a memory problem
but I dont know why it works better with both memory cards in use?? Are
there any memory testing programs that I can use to determine and pinpoint
the fault? Or does anyone else have any ideas?

I am running the memory bus speed at 200MHz (what I think it should be).
There is no option with this BIOS to reduce that any further.

Thanks in advance,
Brett.

Geoff
October 14th 04, 12:52 PM
Hi,

Download WINDIAG from the Microsoft site, make a boot floppy or CD with it,
and run extended tests for a couple of hours. Try it with first one module
and then the other installed. Also bear in mind it may be the slot which is
faulty.

This was the only utility which showed up the fault in my RAM which was
causing problems similar to yours. A new memory module has fixed it.

Geoff


"brett" > wrote in message
. ..
> Hi all,
>
> I have recently purchased a new AMD 64-bit processor, and it (or something
> else) is giving me constant troubles with windows 2000 (SP4) constantly
> crashing.
>
> I have the following hardware:
>
> AMD 3200 64bit processor
> Gigabyte GA- K8VM800M motherboard
> 2x 512Mb DDR PC-3200
> GeForce FX5200EP video card.
>
>
> The interesting thing is that win2k crashes (blue screen) when I only have
> one memory card in the motherboard. This happens regardless of the memory
> slot, or which of the two memory cards I use.
> I usually run the board with both memory card in use and it crashes
> (unreliably) every hour or so. This usually happens when I am using the
> internet, but it sometimes if I have no connection to the web, but I am
> doing something intensive like a compilation. I've tried installing
> XP-64bit
> and it does that same thing with that OS too.
>
> This is a most frustrating situation, and it sounds like a memory problem
> but I dont know why it works better with both memory cards in use?? Are
> there any memory testing programs that I can use to determine and pinpoint
> the fault? Or does anyone else have any ideas?
>
> I am running the memory bus speed at 200MHz (what I think it should be).
> There is no option with this BIOS to reduce that any further.
>
> Thanks in advance,
> Brett.
>
>
>
>


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brett
October 18th 04, 05:59 AM
Thanks Geoff,

I ran memtest86 on this and found that I had some faulty memory modules.
I've replaced them now and everything is working wonderfully!

Brett.

"Geoff" > wrote in message
u...
> Hi,
>
> Download WINDIAG from the Microsoft site, make a boot floppy or CD with
> it, and run extended tests for a couple of hours. Try it with first one
> module and then the other installed. Also bear in mind it may be the slot
> which is faulty.
>
> This was the only utility which showed up the fault in my RAM which was
> causing problems similar to yours. A new memory module has fixed it.
>
> Geoff
>
>
> "brett" > wrote in message
> . ..
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I have recently purchased a new AMD 64-bit processor, and it (or
>> something
>> else) is giving me constant troubles with windows 2000 (SP4) constantly
>> crashing.
>>
>> I have the following hardware:
>>
>> AMD 3200 64bit processor
>> Gigabyte GA- K8VM800M motherboard
>> 2x 512Mb DDR PC-3200
>> GeForce FX5200EP video card.
>>
>>
>> The interesting thing is that win2k crashes (blue screen) when I only
>> have
>> one memory card in the motherboard. This happens regardless of the memory
>> slot, or which of the two memory cards I use.
>> I usually run the board with both memory card in use and it crashes
>> (unreliably) every hour or so. This usually happens when I am using the
>> internet, but it sometimes if I have no connection to the web, but I am
>> doing something intensive like a compilation. I've tried installing
>> XP-64bit
>> and it does that same thing with that OS too.
>>
>> This is a most frustrating situation, and it sounds like a memory problem
>> but I dont know why it works better with both memory cards in use?? Are
>> there any memory testing programs that I can use to determine and
>> pinpoint
>> the fault? Or does anyone else have any ideas?
>>
>> I am running the memory bus speed at 200MHz (what I think it should be).
>> There is no option with this BIOS to reduce that any further.
>>
>> Thanks in advance,
>> Brett.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
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