I just tried to install two sticks of the Mushkin type II 3500 512MB ram, and Its not taking... I had a stick of Corsair 3500 512 before. I have a MSI K8T Neo "Fis2r" mobo. The diagnosis on the motherboard shows that its getting stuck on the "early chipset initialization" mode. I have a RAID 0 setup. Any ideas?
1) Turn off PSU and unplug system.
2) Remove both memory modules
3) Place 1 stick in unused (#3) slot
4) Clear CMOS with PSU off
5) Power up system
6) If able to get into BIOS, set DDR voltage to 2.75V and timings (CAS Latency - tRCD (RAS-to-CAS delay) - tRP (RAS Precharge) - tRAS (Active Precharge Delay)) to 2-3-2-6 (may be able to do 2-2-2-6). Save and reboot.
7) Report back the results.
I've downloaded the manual. It reads "If you want to clear the system configuration, use the JBAT1 (Clear CMOS Jumper ) to clear data. ... You can clear CMOS by shorting 2-3 pin while the system is off. Then return to 1-2 pin position. Avoid clearing the CMOS while the system is on; it will damage the mainboard." They also provide some pictures to help out.
I went ahead and did it. I placed a stick in the 3rd position, disconnected the PSU and turned the power off, shorted the jumper, replaced it, and attempted to turn the computer on. Same problem... couldent get my machine to post...
OK, i've seen quite a number of people having this problem with this processor - Athlon64 (Socket 754); various motherboards and memory modules. Some systems seem to be limited with respect to memory; others, no problem. I'll investigate further but <A HREF="http://www.vr-zone.com/?i=407&s=1" target="_new">this article</A> is interesting.