i built a new system a month ago and havent been able to keep it stable. after RMA'ing the motherboard the same problems persisted: freezing during windows install, freezing in the desktop, freezing in games... freezing whenever it felt like it. by freezing i mean the HD led would go off and the entire system becomes unresponsive to anything but a reset. i had hoped that purchasing a legit copy of windows (xp pro sp2c oem) the problem would be fixed. it wasnt. last night i took out one of my ram sticks and reinstalled windows and everything has run smoothly; all windows updates video/sound drivers and such.
-OCZ Gold Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
-intel core2duo e6850 conroe (3.0ghz stock speed)
-antec 900 case
-OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply
-evga 512mb 8800GT
-arctic cooling freezer 7 pro (with mx-2 thermal compound) -- cores idle at 27c
I've moved both sticks through the 2 ddr3 slots on the motherboard and booted up and got into hl2 with no problems. however when i put both sticks in hl2 freezes before it loads into the main menu. im assuming this freezing would continue in the desktop and other applications. I have run memtest 84 with both sticks in on both the RMA'd motherboard and the new one i have installed now for 13 passes with 0 errors. right now im running memtest86 on one of the sticks in ddr3 1 slot; but i doubt any errors will be reported.
basically my question is, if one stick works by itself in both slots; why doesnt the system function properly when both are installed?
(also not an esd problem i always wear a wrist strap when inside my computer).
the specs listed on newegg were 1.7v and 9-9-9-26
i set the overvoltage in bios to .1v (ddr2/3 was running a 1.616 in pc health status in bios) and i put the timings to manual and changed them from 9-8-8-20 to 9-9-9-26. it seemed ok, loaded hl2 once but froze the second time. so i changed the first 9 (it was displayed as 9 (auto) ) to 9 (9). system froze loading into windows. i reset the bios to optimized settings and they are at:
CAS latency - 9 (auto)
DRAM RAS# to CAS# delay - 8 (auto)
DRAM RAS# precharge 8 (auto)
precharge delay(tRAS) - 20 (auto)
there are also settings for advanced timings beneath these. do the advanced timings need to be altered as well?
also, when i set the ddr2/ddr3 overvoltage to .1v should it show up in pc health status? it still displayed 1.616v there.
ive run memtest twice with both sticks in for 13 passes and received 0 errors. it's weird, im setting the ddr2/3 overvoltage up to +0.2v and it doesnt change the reading in pc health status. im combing the ocz forums atm; any other ideas?
i just updated today to the evga drivers (3/6/08 release i think).
i found a page on the ocz forums with a ss of advanced timing changes http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showpost.php?p=...
i set my adv timing changes to what was in that ss. hl2 just loaded up, going to get prime95 and run it anyway.
should i run memtest again with these new settings?
i just played with the overvoltage and finally got it to 1.7something