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February 1, 2010 5:54:14 PM

Im not even sure if I'm asking the right question to the problem that I'm having but here goes anyway.. Did a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, installed all the latest drivers, all the latest updates for the OS and when I launch World of Warcraft (fresh install) it launches fine, log in and when I finally get into the game I get a hard system lock. I have a Western Digital SATA drive but im not sure which BIOS settings I should put for the drive (if thats even the problem)

Intel Q6600 CPU
Asus P5KC Motherboard
Geforce 8800GT 512mg DDR3
Western Digital 150gb SATA150 16mb 10,000rpm
PATRIOT PC2-6400 800mhz
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

I've read something about certain controllers and drivers for sata drives but honestly I dont have a clue what to get and to install. But like I said, right when I enter the game, pure system hard lock. Everything runs fine, its just when I enter the game it freezes.

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2010 5:57:43 PM

What power supply are you using? Which exact Patriot PC2-6400 DDR2 800 RAM kit do you have? All of these match your description:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Have you manually set the RAM speed/timings/voltage to their rated specs in the BIOS? Have you run Memtest86+ overnight to test for RAM errors?

What are your idle/load CPU temps?
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February 1, 2010 6:01:33 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
What power supply are you using? Which exact Patriot PC2-6400 DDR2 800 RAM kit do you have? All of these match your description:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Have you manually set the RAM speed/timings/voltage to their rated specs in the BIOS? Have you run Memtest86+ overnight to test for RAM errors?

What are your idle/load CPU temps?


Copied and Pasted from the receipt:

ANTEC neo power 650 ATX 12v v2.2 / eps 12v 650w ul fcc power supply =POWER TESTER OPTION= Y CABLE OPTIONS
PATRIOT PDC24G6400LLQK 4gb kit (1gb x 4) pc2-6400 800mhz 4-4-4-12 240-pin ddr2 dimm w/heat spreader =

I will post the idle temps after a reboot and check the ram settings
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2010 6:04:30 PM

That RAM requires very high voltage to work correctly. You should have it set to 800MHz with 4-4-4-12 timings at 2.2v. The voltage is the most critical value. The DDR2 standard voltage is 1.8v, so the RAM is likely not getting enough voltage using "Auto" settings.
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February 1, 2010 6:13:29 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
That RAM requires very high voltage to work correctly. You should have it set to 800MHz with 4-4-4-12 timings at 2.2v. The voltage is the most critical value. The DDR2 standard voltage is 1.8v, so the RAM is likely not getting enough voltage using "Auto" settings.


Going to check the ram voltage here in a second but here are the temps:

CPU Temp: 37c / 98f
MB Temp: 33c / 91f

Also checked the vidcard GPU temp:

GPU Temp: 52c / does not list the conversion for f
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February 1, 2010 6:21:42 PM

Also have the latest BIOS for my mobo which is:
P5KC BIOS 1203


Looked around in all the BIOS settings and couldn't seem to find anything that let me change the actual voltage for the ram.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2010 6:34:22 PM

jvasquez33 said:
Looked around in all the BIOS settings and couldn't seem to find anything that let me change the actual voltage for the ram.

It's in there. You might have to look it up in the motherboard owners manual.
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February 1, 2010 6:37:49 PM
February 1, 2010 6:43:53 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
My work blocks images, so I can't see the screenshots. I found your manual online.

http://www.azmanual.com/download/8930/5a38a1eb24d996991...

The RAM voltage is under the "Advanced" menu. You'll find pages 4-16 - 4-20 contain the information you're looking for.


You were right, had to set something to manual and set the ram to 2.2v
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February 1, 2010 7:18:03 PM

Maybe I have the wrong IDE ATA/ATAPI Controller Drivers? Just seems odd that the system runs fine and only locks up when trying to load into WoW.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2010 7:19:43 PM

I guess I'll have to defer to somebody who can see the images you're posting. Like I said, I can't see images from work so I don't have a clue what you posted in the previous two posts. They just show up as blank boxes for me.
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