I'm having a major problem with my new home built system. I've built my own systems since the crack of dawn, this is the first time I'm experiencing major problems I can't seem to overcome. First off, the parts and system..
Coolermaster Real Power Pro 850W, ATX12V
Asus P5K3 Deluxe WiFi, S775, iP35, 4xDDR3, ATX
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.40GHz,1066MHz,S775, Box
Kingston 2GB Kit, 2x1GB DDR3, PC3-8500, 1066MHz
Asus EN8800 Ultra 768MB, 2xDVI, HDTVo, PCIe
250 GB Western Digital HD sata
CD-RW or DVD-RW (Attempted both, same problems) U-DMA
First off, I tried installing Vista. Each and every single time I attempted to reinstall, it would get a physical memory dump as soon as the start up is entering windows at the first start up. I tried to change RAM around, I checked and double checked if everything was properly in place. I changed power feeds on my s-ata disk and I couldn't get anywhere as I couldn't even get into windows.
So I tried installing XP afterwards, and sure thing it seemed to go better. But then I got the problem after the third restart, however now it's inconsistent, whereas with vista it always happened at the exact same time. I've tried many other different things to find out why it's inconsistant. The oddest things that happened is for example when I change my IDE cable to my DVD-RW it always dumps at an early stage of the restart, in other computers the cable is functional I must add. Then I swapped around drives, DVD-RW for a normal CD-RW. Tho it seemed more stable, problems still arose at different times, usually during start up.
My windows XP suddenly lost the option to use anything but the classic design, explorer had some fatal errors, sometimes it had trouble finding the right files during start ups. My s-ata disk is consistent and functioning, tested, tested in other system, no problems.
Memory is functioning too, passes all tests, excluded the fact it could be either by externally testing as well. The odd thing is, using 1Gb or 2Gb or which module or slot does effect when I get the errors.
CPU seems to work fine, temperature sticks to 40-45 degrees celsius, fans are working properly. Clocking the cpu in the bios also changes the malfunctioning of the PC however. I've no means of testing either my mobo, cpu or ram in other systems. But every other part works fine, perfect in other systems.
Dmpcheck.exe fails to read the dump.
I also noticed when using the DVD-RW sometimes windows XP didn't use DMA mode, and used PIO instead, making it very slow. However the problem is not within the DVD-RW. As swapping it for a CD-RW didn't fix the problems. I've been considering trying out a sata DVD-ROM, but I fear it might be a hardware problem with my mainboard. Just need a means to test it, to know it for sure. Right now I have no idea what exactly causes it.
Anyone got any idea how I can trace the problem and how I can solve it? Paid good money for this ****. =(
The verified link would do best to tell us more info.
I'd do some homework on the ram, making sure it's getting the right voltage, and timings are correct. If there is a bios update, check to see what was done to the update. Hard to say how DDR3 is suppose to be set, since I use DDR2.
But I'm sure some of the other guys will throw in their thoughts.
I have not always had good fortune from the Kingston memory. When it works, it seems to work very well, but you have run diagnostics. Once, when I was getting memory dumps I found the problem in a bad sata cable.