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No XP Boot With OCZ Gold Dual Channel set up?

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May 18, 2007 4:42:49 PM

Hi,

Having a spot of trouble getting XP to boot with a Dual Channel RAM setup.

I'm using 2 X 1 Gig OCZ Gold DDR 667Mhz sold as Dual Channel kit but when I boot the post passes but I get a BSOD on XP boot up.

If I run the RAM in single channel set up the system boots up fine without any problems at all, XP just fails to boot in dual channel mode.

I have tried a complete fresh install but then XP will come up with the BSOD during the configuring stage.

I am overclocking the CPU but I have the same problem even if I run the CPU at stock speeds.

Full system spec is as follows:

AMD AM2 X2 Windsor 3800+: 2.5GHz (overclocked native 2GHz)
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe with nForce 590-SLI chipset
2 Gig (2x1 Gig) OCZ Gold Dual Channel DDR2 667MHz 4-4-4-12
MSI NX7900GT V2D256E 256MB
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2
Western Digital 320 Gb 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATAII HDD
Samsung 300 GB 7200 RPM 8MB cache SATAII HDD
Q-Tec 650W Triple Fan 24P PSU
Pioneer DVD-RW DVR 108
Antec Super LanBoy Case
XP Home Ver5.1.2600 SP2

Thanks in advance for any replies.
a b } Memory
May 18, 2007 5:18:49 PM

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Hi,

Having a spot of trouble getting XP to boot with a Dual Channel RAM setup.

I'm using 2 X 1 Gig OCZ Gold DDR 667Mhz sold as Dual Channel kit but when I boot the post passes but I get a BSOD on XP boot up.

If I run the RAM in single channel set up the system boots up fine without any problems at all, XP just fails to boot in dual channel mode.

I have tried a complete fresh install but then XP will come up with the BSOD during the configuring stage.

I am overclocking the CPU but I have the same problem even if I run the CPU at stock speeds.

Full system spec is as follows:

AMD AM2 X2 Windsor 3800+: 2.5GHz (overclocked native 2GHz)
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe with nForce 590-SLI chipset
2 Gig (2x1 Gig) OCZ Gold Dual Channel DDR2 667MHz 4-4-4-12
MSI NX7900GT V2D256E 256MB
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2
Western Digital 320 Gb 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATAII HDD
Samsung 300 GB 7200 RPM 8MB cache SATAII HDD
Q-Tec 650W Triple Fan 24P PSU
Pioneer DVD-RW DVR 108
Antec Super LanBoy Case
XP Home Ver5.1.2600 SP2

Thanks in advance for any replies.


You might try booting into BIOS and increasing the RAM voltage above 1.9v. If this is the RAM you have (early version last year), I could not get the RAM to work on the board you have. Mem Test 86 showed multiple errors on that board for me. I have since RMA'd this RAM and received an updated (rev. 2?) version I am currently using in an ASUS P5LD2-VM MB without issues. Try some other RAM in that board.

http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memory/ocz_ddr2_p...
a b } Memory
May 18, 2007 6:04:38 PM

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Ive had this problem and it was because the memory I used was 2.1v and the bios defaulted to 1.8v. Once I changed it things were fine.


In my case, I increased the voltage and managed to get xp loaded, but I still got a lot of errors trying to load up the machine. I ran mem test and got multiple errors. I didn't like the performance of the 590 board either. I returned the board and bought the P5LD2-VM and the RAM in question ran fine on that board. I then tried to use the RAM in question in my P5B-Deluxe. I started geting a lot of problems loading xp again. I used different RAM in the P5B-Delixe and the board woked perfect. I RMA'D the PC5400 OCZ gold. I am currently using the RAM I recerived through OCZ RMA (ver.2?) in a P5LD2-VM and the RAM runs great. I think I had one of those early versions when C2D and PC6400 first came out and the Mfg.'s were offering to reprogram it and all that. If you have a board that runs the RAM, the runs super and is extremely fast and overclockable. OCZ sent me a dead Dimm and had to replace one of the two 512 x2 sets I am using. So far the new version(?) runs great. Sorry for such a long post.
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May 18, 2007 6:50:09 PM

hey guys!

i'm getting the same sort of problem but my new build. the system just shuts down when i'm in bois and most of the times the system doesn't start.

the few times i got the system running no beeps came out from the internal speaker.


do u guys think its the OCZ memory which is giving me the problem?

my setup:

Asus M2N32-SLi Deluxe
AMD 4600+ (65w)
CoolerMaster RP-600-PCAR eXtreme Power 600W ATX12

and

OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Platinum Dual Channel XTC (the pc is at the shop so i can't tell u the version number)

coz i was thinking that the psu was the problem

when i went to a friend the system started with a 400w psu (with out floppy and dvd drive)

then took the cooler master to the shop and told me that it worked for him so now i'm confused while he has the pc i told him have look at the parts
a b } Memory
May 18, 2007 7:00:39 PM

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the system just shuts down when i'm in bois and most of the times the system doesn't start.


Could be any number of reasons. If you suspect the memory, boot up with one DIMM in slot 1 and then try the second DIMM to be sure both work. Try bumping up the memory voltage in BIOS if you can get into BIOS. Run mem tst and check for errors.

The RAM in question by myself and OP may be a case of being released last year when DDR2 first came on the scene. The RAM in question has been reissued, but OCZ does not call it officially a rev. 2. This RAM's issues have nothing specifically to do with the OCZ Platinum PC6400 you have currently. HTH.
May 19, 2007 4:19:46 PM

Well it looks like I got the early revision then...

I spent an hour today fiddling with the voltage. XP finally booted with an increase to 2.1v but the system didn't run stable.

As soon as I tried running C&C 3: Tiberium Wars the system rebooted and then failed to pass post.

It appears I just made a bad decision when selecting the components for this upgrade as the Graphics Card I purchased at the same time, an MSI 7900GT, is currently being RMAed due to failing memory.

Oh well, at least I know the cause of the issue. I'll just accept this as a bad experience and continue running the system in single channel mode untill I upgrade again later in the year.

Thanks again for the replies.

Nex
May 19, 2007 4:51:43 PM

lower the voltage to 1.9, or relax the timing slightly
a b } Memory
May 19, 2007 5:06:58 PM

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The RAM in question by myself and OP may be a case of being released last year when DDR2 first came on the scene.


I have the original OCZ v1 that I bought over a year ago and I never had problems with it in my AM2 system or my C2D system. Other than having to manually set the voltage to 2.1v.

OCZ sells thousands of ram sticks everyday. If their ram was shite they wouldnt be in business anymore. OCZ is Neweggs number one selling brand of memory.

OCZ is one of the top performance RAM companys, I certainly wouldn't argue their Gold, Platinum, Titanium series is excellent overclocking RAM. I recently received two 512 x 2 kits of the RAM in question. Three of the DIMMS worked perfect. The fourth was DOA. In adition to the company having the same vulnerabilities as any of the top companys in the industry, I thought the RMA process was a bit trying. I was asked probably 40 questions before my RMA was Ok'ed. Then the original RMA took 20 days to ship out from the company. So, OCZ is not without it's faults in my experience. Anyway. The original two 512 x2 kits I purchased through Newegg had issues. So far, the new kits work fine and are highly overclockable. The RAM is very fast and overclockable. Just my experience is all. No problem wih OCZ products.
a b } Memory
May 19, 2007 5:29:41 PM

I could not get this RAM to run without errors and system failure on the following boards:

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe nForce 590-SLI
ASUS P5B Deluxe
ASUS P5B-VM

The RAM worked perfect in an ASUS P5LD2-VM. I have since RMA'd the original RAM I bought in the fall of 2006. The replacement RAM (same part number, different packaging) works fine in my P5LD2-VM. I have not tried the replacement RAM in any other board yet.

http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memory/ocz_ddr2_p...
a b } Memory
May 19, 2007 5:47:25 PM

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I thought the RMA process was a bit trying. I was asked probably 40 questions before my RMA was Ok'ed. Then the original RMA took 20 days to ship out from the company.


Thats normal with most companies. Have you ever had to RMA a processor to Intel?? Obviously not. 8O

OCZ was moving around with some of the company's operations locations at the time. I have RMA'D to both the Intel and AMD. The process should go smooth, but doesn't always. OCZ support apologized for the delay when I asked after nearly three weeks. They were moving, so it is understandable. OCZ support also revealed they do their inventory at the end of each month where current RMA's are concerned. Clearing RMA inventory works in conjunction with shipping day (surprise) so I don't know how that is supposed to be beneficial to cutomer satisfaction. I think OCZ makes a very good product and I think the company is better than average where support is concerned. I will say be prepared for problems with your OCZ PC5400 if you install it in an early Nvida SLI chipset equipped board. Las fall I remember OCZ offering free re-programming on some of their RAM when C2D and DDR2 first came on the scene. The word was around this forum OCZ and ASUS did not work well together.
May 19, 2007 5:59:06 PM

I agree RMA is very trying due to my GT7900 still being RMAed with MSI after 1 month and not yet being sent a replacement, but I had no alternative, games had become unplayable due to the problem, the card was 'capput'.

I was informed by the dealer the process can take from anything up to 6 months in his experience.

This is why I am reluctant to RMA the RAM. The system runs fine and pretty quick for the system spec, slim lining XP helps alot.

I suppose my only annoyance is not getting what I paid for.

In response to dobby, I have tried the voltage at 1.9 without success. I haven't tried relaxing the timings which I will try tonight (I'm away from the PC at present).

Thanks all.

Nex
May 20, 2007 1:06:30 AM

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I thought the RMA process was a bit trying. I was asked probably 40 questions before my RMA was Ok'ed. Then the original RMA took 20 days to ship out from the company.


Thats normal with most companies. ...
However, it is NOT normal among the major memory companies, at least based on my RMA experiences with Crucial, Corsair, and Centon.

One of the things you pay for is customer service. OCZ tends to emphasize performance over compatibility. Perhaps it has chosen not to emphasize customer service, but we can't really tell from a single anecdote.
May 20, 2007 5:40:10 AM

I agree,RMA is not all what it's cracked up to be...It sounds good on paper but the process is like pulling teeth,let alone the hoops one jumps through.Hate to see you suffer with bad components tho,I feel your pain....been there, done that....best of luck :D 
May 20, 2007 6:40:42 AM

I totally agree with Mondoman, it is definitely not SOP with the major memory suppliers or distributors to allow any problems. I've had to rma several corsair and other dimms, an Intel cpu, and even an Intel 865 MB (way back) over the last couple of years; I do document most everything and I have never had a single problem (I do buy a bit of hardware; newegg and cdw are my GOOD friends :) ).

I would like to suggest that whenever you do buy anything, especially memory, run an appropriate stress program overnight before you try to really install it (for memory, I usually use memtest86+; I'm sure you all knew that one). I try to moderately stress new components for a minimum of 24hrs at the advertised specs if possible. Have you ever heard of isolating your tropical fish for a month... I just consider these trials my personal infant-mortality test (and it saves me MONEY! :) ). If anything fails, I've found that most good companies like newegg or cdw will swap them out straight away.

best
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