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deudonne

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so - just a question

when i right click 'my computer' and go to properties (xp) and it says system specs it sometimes says 1.00ghz, or 2.01ghz or 1.81ghz and other speeds

its a 3000+ AMD Athlon 64. What should it say? Is this normal?

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Do you have cool and quiet or any other dynamic overclocking options enabled for the board, you might try a third party system detection software like cpu-z or everest.
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What motherboard do you have?
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yeah sorry - sys spec

amd 64 3000+, asus k8n, 512RAM

i do have cool and quiet - how does it work?
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i also just bought new RAM - two 512 sticks. Each one works fine, but cant work together - screen freeze within 2 mins of booting up xp pro.

I am discussing this on another thread, but maybe you have some new suggestions?
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Are you trying to run the ram in dual channel mode consult your manual as to the proper onfiguration for non dual channel memory.
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How many sticks of ram are you trying to run at the same time 2 or 3,,, if 2 sticks then run them in dimm 1 and dimm2 or try 1 &3.

What speed ram? What name brand and model?

If you are running 3 sticks the max speed for that board when 3 sticks are installed is ddr200/pc1600 so you would have to set the ram clock at 100mhz

Is the cpu recognized correctly in bios? Thr changing speed could be Cool N Quiet so try disabling it, Cool N Quiet is tech that automatically changes the cpu speed and voltage depending on the task the cpu performs.
This could be why the cpu speed is listed differently so if you are concerned try and disable it to see if it stays at one speed.

Your cpu should run at 2000mhz or 2.0 ghz

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Im trying to run two kingston ddr400, pc3200 (KVR400X64C3A/512) as reccommended in the motherboard manual - however i did not check the apparently updated list on the asus website first - but they are the actual model the MoBo suggests.

I've tried them in slot 1 and 2, and slot 1 and 3. Crash.

could cool and quiet affect the ram? each stick works fine by themselves.
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...also no mention of a dual channel mode in motherboard manual. What is it?
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is you processor a skt 754 or skt 939 chip?
because skt 754 CPUs won't run in dual channel mode
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You have socket 754 so there is no dual chammel cabability so don't worry about that.

Cooln quiet won't affect the ram I just mentioned it because of the changing cpu speeds.

The kingston ram should work with your board so it ain't the brand or wrong ram.

Try running memtest 86
on each stick of ram individually and report back what it finds.

Let memtest run for at least 3 passes for a quick check, if it makes it thru the 3 passes without any errors then let it run 6 hours to be sure the ram is good.

report back what you find.

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have run memtest - as suggested in other thread. plesase see results as i complete them in this post (second from bottom post on page): http://www.geekstogo...pic=79998&st=30

thanks for your suggestions too, this really has me foxed

Edited by deudonne, 29 November 2005 - 05:02 PM.

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Here they are as well (am quite busy at the moment so havent had time to complete many)

Testing: asusK8N 300+AMD Athlon64 and the two new sticks (maybe the old DDR333 512 abd 256 later)
Intended tests:

RAM-A: 512KingstonDDR400
a. slot 1
b. slot 2
c. slot 3
RAM-B: 512KingstonDDR400
d. slot 1
e. slot 2
f. slot 3
RAM-A and RAM-B
g. A-slot1/B-slot2
h. Bslot1/Aslot2
i. Aslot2/Bslot3
j. Bslot2/Aslot3
k. Aslot1/Bslot3
l. Bslot3/Aslot1


I will do them in order of importance to determine RAM vs. Mobo fault

Memtest Results
(number of tests passed relates to how long I could bear watching the progress bar - ideally i'm looking for 10+passes)

Test a. (RAM A in slot 1)
0 10+passes (with no fails unless specified)
1 10+passes
2. 10+passes
3. 10+passes
4. 2 passes
5. 1 pass
6. 1 pass
7. 1 pass
8. 2 passes
9. (90minute test!)
10 100%+ pass


Test g. (RAM A and RAM B in slots 1 and 2)
0. (will edit post with these reults soon)
1. 10 passes
2. 2 passes
3. 2 passes
4. 2 passes
5. program froze around 96%, next time screen freeze followed by automatic reboot - and again 3rd and 4th
6. 3 passes
7. 3 passes
8. 1 pass
9.
10. 100%+

test b (RAM B in slot 1)
0. pass
1. pass
2. pass
3. pass
4. pass
5. pass
6. pass
7. pass
8. pass
9.
10. pass

Edited by deudonne, 30 November 2005 - 10:42 AM.

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memtest seems to run by itself automatically on startup - but i have been initiating each test (0-10) manually instead - do i need to, can i just let it run from where it starts on program boot? If i do it seems to only do one pass on each test.

also is test 9 really 90mins? I left it for about 10mins and was still on 0% - maybe it froze too. I'll try and leave it longer soon.

i really hope i can sort this thing out. Cheers for your time!
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Boot up with memtest and just let it run at its defaults

Are you testing one stick at a time?

Your machine should run 3 passes on all the tests in about 2 hours or less.

just let it run and read the bottom line to the right under pass, when this reaches 3 it means all the tests have been run for 3 passes. Next in that line it should say errors, are there any?
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