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June 16, 2009 8:16:11 PM

Hi, I bought all the parts for my new gaming rig from ebuyer in march, and since then have successfully built my rig, however i have encountered many problems related to games throughout the time I have been using the rig and I am now officially out of ideas as to the cause or fix. The main problem is that I cannot play any games due to constant crashes which occur anywhere from 5 or so seconds into launching a game to about 20 minutes into playing. The main error message I receive is one stating 'The Instruction at 0x####### referenced memory at 0x#######. The memory could not be 'read' or 'The Instruction at 0x####### referenced memory at 0x#######. The memory could not be 'written'. These errors occur on games such as Team Fortress 2 and World of Warcraft. Other games simply crash to desktop with no message or warning. All other large programs I have like Reason and Guitar pro seem to run fine. The spec of the rig is as follows:

Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H GeForce 7100 Motherboard
Antec 900 Nine Hundred - Gaming Case
Corsair 4GB Kit (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Kit CL5 1.9V - Replaced once and Since changed to -
Crucial 4GB Kit (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory
BFG 9800GTX+ OC Edition 512MB Graphics card
Hi-Power Black 800W 14cm PSU
Seagate ST3500320AS 500GB Hard Drive SATA II
Samsung 40GB Hard Drive IDE
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Socket 775 2.83GHz 1333
Arctic Cooling AC-FRZ-7P Freezer 7 Pro Socket 775 Processor Cooler

I am running both Vista 64 bit and XP pro, both of which show the same errors at the same time on the same games.

I have replaced the first set of RAM I ordered with the crucial memory listed above. This has made no effect on the errors. I have tried the rig without the Graphics card as well, running World or warcraft ( the only game testable at such low graphics capacity) which continues to error.
I have reinstalled most of the games, however persistent erroring across all of them, suggests incorrect installation is not the problem.
Since it has taken me so long to test all of the hardware it will be difficult at best to return all of this gear, therefore any help or fixes you can suggest would be great fully received as it will save me a large amount of time and money. I can provide any other information about the rig if it is needed. Thanks for your time in advance - Fish
a b 4 Gaming
June 16, 2009 8:27:47 PM

Have you run something like prime95 to check for stability? Also are the memory addresses really low numbers? If so i could be an issue with your processors cache.
June 16, 2009 8:28:24 PM

If you've tried a different set of RAM, it could be the DIMM slots on your mobo. Have you tried each stick individually? Different slots?
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June 16, 2009 8:35:41 PM

Hi, thanks for responding, I have tried both sets of RAM in both ports running each stick separately the errors did take longer to occurs on one or two of the sticks, however they did still occur.
I haven't yet run Prime95, and the numbers are generally quite low. I remember seeing that the processors cache was listed as 6MB on the system specs however it was sold as 12MB, also in device manager my processor is listed as 4 "Unknown Devices" which to me seems a little odd.
I will run Prime95 and come back with some results hopefully. Thanks -Fish
June 16, 2009 8:39:46 PM

Sounds like your motherboard isn't recognizing the memory which could lead to crashes. I would suspect bad DIMM slots on your mobo.
a b 4 Gaming
June 16, 2009 8:42:40 PM

Your board appears to have come with a variety of BIOS versions; however, your processor is not supported by that board until the F7 bios revision. Download the newest bios from gigabytes website and flash your bios, that should fix the issues.

http://www.gigabyte.us/Support/Motherboard/CPUSupport_M...
June 16, 2009 8:50:43 PM

Well you've done a great job troubleshooting so far... You've tryed different RAM, and multiple OS's, games, and multiple installs of everything... all of which I assumed was the source of the problem until you explained you had tested them...

Unfortunately, I have to agree with drunknmunkys that it's probably a problem with your board. You might consider eliminating the HDD as the problem. It's a stretch, but it's something else to try before you go through the painful process of RMA'ing your board. Sorry for the bad news. :( 
June 16, 2009 9:04:40 PM

Hi again, thanks for the quick responses, I am currently running Prime95 which has shown no problems so far, and has been running for longer than most games have held out. I'll Download the latest BIOS drivers and have another test. Thanks - Fish
June 17, 2009 2:01:06 PM

OK, I installed the new BIOS version 7 this morning and Team fortress 2 and World of Warcraft seem to be running fine they are at least running for much longer than they were and I have not seen any errors yet! Thank you all for your input, it has finally solved the problem which has troubled me for months! Thanks again - Fish
June 17, 2009 2:08:18 PM

fishman1 said:
OK, I installed the new BIOS version 7 this morning and Team fortress 2 and World of Warcraft seem to be running fine they are at least running for much longer than they were and I have not seen any errors yet! Thank you all for your input, it has finally solved the problem which has troubled me for months! Thanks again - Fish


Damn, I hadn't considered a BIOS revision. Hopefully that fixes your problem though!
June 17, 2009 2:29:48 PM

Is the cpu being recognized now in the device manager?
June 17, 2009 2:59:30 PM

Props to hunter315... good call sir.
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