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hey all, this is my 2nd RMA from crucial for these 1gig ballistix kits (i know i know i should have gottent he problem by now)

anyways, all was running smooth - left it at stock for a week or 2 then moved on to some slow OCing

i could get it to run 250mhz at 2.5-2-2 w/ 2.8v...well, it passed memtest at 255 so i decided to up it there but a few hours after, i began playing CS 1.6 and it crashed on me

i decided to lower it b ack to 250 but no boot...went back to 200, still no boot...got kidna scary but i thought my timings were maybe a bit tight and the previous trials were pure luck...dropped back to stock timings and "Auto" for my DRAM options and still no boot

well i decided to really loosen up the timings and i was finally able to get into the windows logon screen at 3-3-3 w/ 2.7v but anything tighter than that doesn't work

this is the third kit i have had and they are all starting to fail faster and faster, first one took a few months, 2nd one took about 1.5 months and now this one is over in 2 weeks!

but the odd thing is - they ALL have worked at 2-2-2 w/ auto voltage on my old s478 intel p4 rig (2.8E + ASUS p4p800)

could it be something else causing the problem? what do you guys recommend? really need ur guys' help as its been a huge PITA and really been ticking me off :mad:

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Hi there

 

Ive got a pair of DDR500 stix of Ballistix. And Im on my second pair.

 

Basically there was a bad batch, just get them RMA`d and explain to crucial that if this 3rd RMA'd set fails you want a credit note for the same amount you origially paid

 

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cruicial makes really crappy ram, i will never buy anymore again, i had 2gb dualchannel pc4000 ballistix kit, they died on me, started making my pc reboot,

 

They are rated up to 2.9v vdimm i think i never went past and they died, just cheap,

my corsair xms pc3200 2gb kit, doesnt overclock very good but when i do if i set my vdimm more than reccommended 2.75 the pc wont boot, but the ram is still working fine,.

cruicial even working at reccommended vdimm died pos sticks., newegg didnt even send me replacement they just gave me my money back LMFAO!

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i don't quite understand. you oc'ed your ballistix and upped the voltage, they failed, and it's the RAM's fault?

the thing is, i checked out crucial's website and it specifices voltage as 2.8v under module details - and its not like i pumped more than that into these things

also, i'm not 100% sure if the RAM failed, im thinking it may be a mobo issue

a friend of mien recommended me to make sure the RAM slots were free of dust and to do a bios clear...a bios clear is the same thing as resetting the CMOS, correct?

thanks for all teh fast responses guys

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Lets keep in mind that omz is using pc3200 (2x512mb) sticks and not 2x1gig sticks.. :)

 

 

omz..

 

Clear your cmos and if that still doesnt work then you should try to test each stick seperatly.. This will let you know if only one stick is faulty..

 

As Sharp asked.. these work 100% on another system .. ?

 

If so, I doubt your problem is the ram..

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well, i cleared the CMOS (moved the jumper to the 2/3 pins and left it there for about 25 seconds) and i decide to try out 1 stick (in the process of testing out the other)

put it in and tried to boot up and could not even enter the bios - there were 3 red led indicator lights still on

anyone know what these three stand for? i also did some cleaning arounmd the ram slots to make sure there was no dust

thanks for the help so far guys

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UPDATE:

tried out each individual stick for the ballistix in the DFI board - no go; still getting the same 3 LED's and i cannot get into BIOS (doesn't even boot up to show the IDE drives/hard drives etc.)

however...the ballistix work perfectly fine in the old intel rig - runs at 200mhz 2-2-2-8 just like it is supposed to

 

in the process of testing out the old kingston value ram from the intle in the DFI board - will update

 

EDIT::

kingston value runs 100% fine in the DFI board and the CMOS has been cleared (thought i had done that wrong and thats why it wasn't booting)

hmm i guess that this is a compatibility issue...anyone else have any problems like this? could there be a different BIOS revision? thanks for the help guys

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Crucial Ballistix PC3200 (2.5-2-2-6 at 260fsb 1:1)

 

Ah I see the problem

 

I didnt realise your running (PC3200) stix way higher than they are capable of running my friend! My ballistix are PC4000 (not PC3200) and Ive only got mine to FSB@267 - up from FSB250 (designed rating)

 

I have a backup set of kingston DDR400(PC3200) 512mbx2 and they only manage FSB@225, your pushing that ram of yours too hard(FSB@260) and you may have reduced the lifespan of the chips to the point where they wont even work at their rated speeds...!!

 

Go get a set of PC4000 either 512mbx2 or 2gbx2 when you next RMA. Dont tell crucial youve been running them at FSB@260 or they will tell you get stuffed etc.

 

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