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Bluescreen Error on Ram dumping... 3 Questions

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December 23, 2009 8:51:09 PM

1) I tested every single RAM stick individually with Memtest and NONE had any Errors whatsoever. I also tested individual RAM slot and it was the same result, no Errors. is this a RAM compatibility issue?

2) I tried running my system on just 1 Corsair XMS 1 Gig stick and it works flawless without freeze ups or blue error message. Does it mean the other 2 sticks are bad either way?

3) IF #2 is correct and my 2 sticks are bad. will these work with my old Corsair XMS stick? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

my curren XMS stick is this one... http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E168...

or would you say this would be a better choice? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cuz there are still voltage differences with my old stick and I'm not sure which card to get since the timing OR voltage are a little different on each card


p.s. I'm testing individual ram sticks in different slots as I'm posting this so we'll see what happens. and these are the sticks that I think give me trouble with blue screen http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N.... either that.. or maybe my mobo can't run 3 Gigz of RAM for whatever reason.. it's BIOS is all up do date and everything.


My system:

ASUSTek Computer INC Mobo (A7N8X Deluxe)
AMD Athlon XP: Thoroughbred, Socket A 2700+
1 gig of RAM (Corsair XML 1 Gig of RAM)
GeForce 7600GS 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card
PLANET WL-8310 Wireless Card
200G Seagate (Master)
500GB Wester Digitital SATA
LG DVD Writer
CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W
WinFast TV2000 XP Expert WDM TVTuner
4 Fans - 3 regular, 1 92mm
December 23, 2009 9:59:06 PM

anyone know how to find a faulty RAM?

each individual stick works fine by itself.. I tried them all in each different slot like they are all aligned, but on their own... no lock ups...

Memtest shows no errors.. but when I Combine all 3 BAM!

Will try to test them with 2 at a time though...
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December 23, 2009 11:09:24 PM

When using ram with any different configurations, such as make, model, voltage, timings, there is always the possibility they wont work well together.

So, you've answered your own question, different ram is the cause. Do the 2 at a time, if its works your set, if not, then only that 1 working ram stick will have to do.

I recommend you buy a complete set of new ram, filling all 4 or 3 slots, max 8 or 6gb. Get some good quality this time. With your old ram, either use for another system, keep as spare os sell.
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December 24, 2009 3:06:06 AM

well, will different Corsair XMS models work with each other?

for instance...

my old one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

with the new ones http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



or should i just get 1 more of these since it would match my other 2???

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I know XMS is the best and I need this for gaming, but they don't sell individual sticks, only the 2 set. my mobo can only take 3 slots so I need to be able to get 3 :( 
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December 24, 2009 1:38:17 PM

Your motherboad can only take up to max 3gb, so you will need 3x1GB sticks.

Either:
a) keep your current corsair ram and buy another 2x1gb exactly the same model
b) buy 3x1gb of any new ram, such as the one you posted. In this case you can get any 1gb sticks that meet your motherboard spec, so you may be able to save money.

So with a) you can sell the other two ram sticks you have or keep for spare/another comp. With b) you can sell all 3 current ram sticks or keep for spare/another comp.

When choosing b) go for the max supported speeds with your motherboard and get the tightest timings you can find, finally look for the lowest voltage. Ofcourse, stick within budget, its such an old system/motherboard, its pointless buying new/upgrading it.
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December 24, 2009 7:23:57 PM

that's the problem with a)

NO ONE IS SELLING 3 GB RAMS TOGETHER! I can either buy 2 sticks or none.. or 4 and sell the 3rd one...

newegg sells it that way, ebay is worse because if i buy 2 there i can probably never find another extra one that will match the exact same version.

i wanna do a but ill have to buy 4 sticks for it and sell one of them. or buy a regular corsair which is meh... doesnt even tell me voltage on newegg sites...
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December 24, 2009 8:09:17 PM

Buy the two new ones youv posted and use that one old one, how hard is that?

Plus your on an old comp, theres no point in maxing it out and spending more than needed, tbh if I were in your shoes, id leave that 1gb in and thats all. Unless it was my main rig, which meant I used it for everything including long sessions of gaming, then I would again leave it at 1gb and save to buy a whole new comp.
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