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So I was playing some games earlier yesterday, when suddenly I got the dreaded BSOD. I restart the computer, and suddenly I get a long beep from the case speaker followed by silence for a good 2 seconds, then a long beep again, over and over.

 

Looking at the diagnostic lights on the mobo (on the bottom of the board if you're looking down into the case) I see that 3 lights are lit up, meaning that it got stuck when checking the RAM.

 

For Reference, I had the two sticks of ram in the first and third slot if you go from the CPU.

 

I pull out the slot 1 stick, and it posts just fine. I swap out the sticks (still putting the one stick in slot 3) and it posts fine. So it doesn't seem like the RAM is the problem.

 

So I start to mess around with it, and lo and behold I find that ONLY slot 3 recognizes the RAM, and if I try putting a stick in another slot (regardless if there is a stick in slot 3), I get the long beeps.

 

Any suggestions? Yes I overclock, but not by a ton. Most of my voltages are default, or slightly above. Off the top of my head the ram was at the default setting (2.6V right?).

 

Thanks in advance for any suggestions guys.

 

Oh, the BSOD message mentioned "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL"

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so Slot1 will not read any of the sticks? if so,.. have you tried to run them on another board? I would test each module at a time to rule them out.

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1 stick will only ever work in the furthest orange slot from the CPU.

 

Do as suggested. Put each stick into the furthest orange slot, one at a time. Run MemTest on them, tests 5 & 8 10+ passes each. If you are stable, repeat with the other stick. If you are good, repeat with both sticks, orange slots.

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Both sticks are stable in the far orange slot on memtest.

 

However, it will not let me put both in at the same time.

 

 

I had to reinstall windows as it got corrupted somehow. I tried fixbooting and fixmbr'ing it, but got nothing.

 

Well last night I had it all reinstalled, and I let it download and install SP2 for Windows XP while I slept. I got up this morning, told it to restart as it was done updating, and WHAMO it was back to a corrupted windows install.

 

I'll try running memtest for longer on both sticks.

 

Could it possibly have somethign to do with an unstable powersupply? I've heard of people having problems with the Antec Smartpowers.

 

Oh, my ram timings. Just the basic 3337 1T settings. I didn't mess with anything else. I have them back at stock settings right now (3338).

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Have you reset the CMOS? A good next step would be a full clear. Bring it all back to stock, optimised defaults, and then try to memtest both sticks again in the orange slots. Can you at least boot into memtest?

 

What BIOS version are you using? Depending, you might be able to try the yellow slots. Any difference? 704-2bt from Tmod'd BIOS CD is a very memory friendly BIOS from all accounts.

 

Also, even one BSOD in windows can frag your OS. Until you get stable, i'd avoid booting into windows. You'll more than likely end up corrupting something else and just have to reinstall again...

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If as you say already your sticks pass mem test then its a case of booting with one stick in the orange slot and configuring your mem timings "correctly" so that you can run both sticks........The Stock Speed Data Base and the Overclocking Data Base are good places to start for your mem timings,,,,,,Auto sometimes just doesnt cut it for timings on these boards....

 

Also do a search as i am sure there is a thread about Corsair Ram here and there is also a Corsair Rep i think.....

 

Logan

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Both sticks are stable in the far orange slot on memtest.

 

However, it will not let me put both in at the same time.

 

 

I had to reinstall windows as it got corrupted somehow. I tried fixbooting and fixmbr'ing it, but got nothing.

 

Well last night I had it all reinstalled, and I let it download and install SP2 for Windows XP while I slept. I got up this morning, told it to restart as it was done updating, and WHAMO it was back to a corrupted windows install.

 

I'll try running memtest for longer on both sticks.

 

Could it possibly have somethign to do with an unstable powersupply? I've heard of people having problems with the Antec Smartpowers.

 

Oh, my ram timings. Just the basic 3337 1T settings. I didn't mess with anything else. I have them back at stock settings right now (3338).

The same thing happened to me when I recieved some faulty RAM. Same behavior same BSOD message, it's got RAM written all over it. I'm not saying your RAM is bad, it sounds as if it is fine. However you will have to set the mem timings for this board, no "auto" values. Like Loggan said, check the OCDB. Cheers!

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Have you reset the CMOS? A good next step would be a full clear. Bring it all back to stock, optimised defaults, and then try to memtest both sticks again in the orange slots. Can you at least boot into memtest?

 

What BIOS version are you using? Depending, you might be able to try the yellow slots. Any difference? 704-2bt from Tmod'd BIOS CD is a very memory friendly BIOS from all accounts.

 

Also, even one BSOD in windows can frag your OS. Until you get stable, i'd avoid booting into windows. You'll more than likely end up corrupting something else and just have to reinstall again...

 

I have already cleared the CMOS via the jumper. I don't think I chose any kind of optimized settings though.

 

One other thing. I booted up into Safe mode just fine. However, if I try safemode with Networking, my mouse (usb mouse) doesn't work.

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The same thing happened to me when I recieved some faulty RAM. Same behavior same BSOD message, it's got RAM written all over it. I'm not saying your RAM is bad, it sounds as if it is fine. However you will have to set the mem timings for this board, no "auto" values. Like Loggan said, check the OCDB. Cheers!

 

 

Hmm, that board is cluttered, but I'll try my best to find something similar to my system.

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