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Crucial Ballistix 2x1GB PC4000 kit gone bad (merged)

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my ballistix 2x1gb just went bad as well...though i had a big problem till i pulled the sticks...they were slilghtly over clocked and i had a fan on them the entire time in a huge, well cooled case. they were very cool...Always.

 

 

any suggestions on how to get some $ back, as they were like 300$ when i bought them 7 mo. ago.

 

tks

 

Send 'em back to Crucial for an RMA.

 

Demon, do you have your timing settings with you? We have nearly identical setups (CPU, RAM, board, nearly the GPU ;)), and I am having trouble running this RAM on a divider.

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Send 'em back to Crucial for an RMA.

 

Demon, do you have your timing settings with you? We have nearly identical setups (CPU, RAM, board, nearly the GPU ;)), and I am having trouble running this RAM on a divider.

I'm kind of having trouble with running dividers as well now I have an Opteron 165.

 

Those timings I posted earlier were with my old X2 4600+ running 1:1 at 11x260HTT

 

I got my Opteron 165 last week and it does 3000Mhz with 1.44v :)

Right now I'm running with 150 (3:4) divider at 9x333HTT, my Crucials are running at 250MHz 3-3-3-8-1T

This is all Memtest and Prime stable, so far so good :)

 

The problems arise when going over the 255MHz on the ram (with or without a divider). I can't seem to get 260-266MHz stable

One other thing I noticed, is that my bandwidth is rather low when running the sticks at 250MHz 3-3-3-8-1T

Sandra reports 6400MB/s in the buffered test, in comparison with 6700-6800MB/s I find in reviews of other Micron 5B- F based 2GB kits

 

Here is as you requested my stable settings :

 

[B]Genie BIOS Settings:[/B]
[COLOR=red]
FSB Bus Frequency.............................  -  333
LDT/FSB Frequency Ratio.......................  -  4
CPU/FSB Frequency Ratio.......................  -  9
RD580 HT PLL Speed............................  -  High
HT Bus MMOS Drive Strength....................  -  01
HT Bus PMOS Drive Strength....................  -  04
HT Bus Receiever Impedance....................  -  10
CPU HT Bus Drive Strength.....................  -  Strong
CPU VID Control...............................  -  1.475v (gives 1.44 in WinXP)
CPU VID Special Control.......................  -  auto
DRAM Voltage Control..........................  -  2.74v
SB PCIE Voltage...............................  -  1.84v
NB Analog Voltage.............................  -  1.34v
LDT Bus Voltage...............................  -  1.34v 
NB Core Voltage...............................  -  1.34v
[/COLOR]

[B]DRAM Configuration Settings:[/B]
[COLOR=red]
DRAM Frequency Set............................  -  150=RAM/FSB:03/04
Command Per Clock (CPC).......................  -  Enabled
CAS Latency Control (Tcl).....................  -  3
RAS# to CAS# delay (Trcd).....................  -  3
Min RAS# active time (Tras)...................  -  8
Row precharge time (Trp)......................  -  3
Row Cycle time (Trc)..........................  -  7
Row refresh cyc time (Trfc)...................  -  14 
Row to Row delay (Trrd).......................  -  2 
Write recovery time (Twr).....................  -  2 
Write to Read delay (Twtr)....................  -  1 
Read to Write delay (Trwt)....................  -  2 
Refresh Period (Tref).........................  -  3072 Cycles
DRAM Bank Interleave..........................  -  Enabled
Errata 94 Enhancement.........................  -  Disable
Errata 123 Enhancement........................  -  auto
Odd Divisor Correct...........................  -  Disable

DQS Skew Control..............................  -  Off
DQS Skew Value................................  -  0
DRAM Drive Strength...........................  -  level 5 (always weak)
DRAM Data Drive Strength......................  -  Level 2 (Reduce 30%)
DIMM 1/3 Clock Timing Skew....................  -  auto
DIMM 2/4 Clock Timing Skew....................  -  450 delay
Max Async Latency.............................  -  8
Read Preamble Time............................  -  6
IdleCycle Limit...............................  -  16 Cycles
Dynamic Counter...............................  -  Disable
R/W Queue Bypass..............................  -  16 x
Bypass Max....................................  -  07 x
Burst Length..................................  -  Disable (4 Bursts)
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I'm kind of having trouble with running dividers as well now I have an Opteron 165.

 

Those timings I posted earlier were with my old X2 4600+ running 1:1 at 11x260HTT

 

I got my Opteron 165 last week and it does 3000Mhz with 1.44v :)

Right now I'm running with 150 (3:4) divider at 9x333HTT, my Crucials are running at 250MHz 3-3-3-8-1T

This is all Memtest and Prime stable, so far so good :)

 

The problems arise when going over the 255MHz on the ram (with or without a divider). I can't seem to get 260-266MHz stable

One other thing I noticed, is that my bandwidth is rather low when running the sticks at 250MHz 3-3-3-8-1T

Sandra reports 6400MB/s in the buffered test, in comparison with 6700-6800MB/s I find in reviews of other Micron 5B- F based 2GB kits

 

Here is as you requested my stable settings :

 

[B]Genie BIOS Settings:[/B]
[COLOR=red]
FSB Bus Frequency.............................  -  333
LDT/FSB Frequency Ratio.......................  -  4
CPU/FSB Frequency Ratio.......................  -  9
RD580 HT PLL Speed............................  -  High
HT Bus MMOS Drive Strength....................  -  01
HT Bus PMOS Drive Strength....................  -  04
HT Bus Receiever Impedance....................  -  10
CPU HT Bus Drive Strength.....................  -  Strong
CPU VID Control...............................  -  1.475v (gives 1.44 in WinXP)
CPU VID Special Control.......................  -  auto
DRAM Voltage Control..........................  -  2.74v
SB PCIE Voltage...............................  -  1.84v
NB Analog Voltage.............................  -  1.34v
LDT Bus Voltage...............................  -  1.34v 
NB Core Voltage...............................  -  1.34v
[/COLOR]

[B]DRAM Configuration Settings:[/B]
[COLOR=red]
DRAM Frequency Set............................  -  150=RAM/FSB:03/04
Command Per Clock (CPC).......................  -  Enabled
CAS Latency Control (Tcl).....................  -  3
RAS# to CAS# delay (Trcd).....................  -  3
Min RAS# active time (Tras)...................  -  8
Row precharge time (Trp)......................  -  3
Row Cycle time (Trc)..........................  -  7
Row refresh cyc time (Trfc)...................  -  14 
Row to Row delay (Trrd).......................  -  2 
Write recovery time (Twr).....................  -  2 
Write to Read delay (Twtr)....................  -  1 
Read to Write delay (Trwt)....................  -  2 
Refresh Period (Tref).........................  -  3072 Cycles
DRAM Bank Interleave..........................  -  Enabled
Errata 94 Enhancement.........................  -  Disable
Errata 123 Enhancement........................  -  auto
Odd Divisor Correct...........................  -  Disable

DQS Skew Control..............................  -  Off
DQS Skew Value................................  -  0
DRAM Drive Strength...........................  -  level 5 (always weak)
DRAM Data Drive Strength......................  -  Level 2 (Reduce 30%)
DIMM 1/3 Clock Timing Skew....................  -  auto
DIMM 2/4 Clock Timing Skew....................  -  450 delay
Max Async Latency.............................  -  8
Read Preamble Time............................  -  6
IdleCycle Limit...............................  -  16 Cycles
Dynamic Counter...............................  -  Disable
R/W Queue Bypass..............................  -  16 x
Bypass Max....................................  -  07 x
Burst Length..................................  -  Disable (4 Bursts)
[/COLOR]

 

Thanks ;)

 

I got mine stable at 280MHz.. will post if you want to see them. I got the same stepping as you.. wish it weren't so damn picky on the memory dividers.

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Thanks ;)

 

I got mine stable at 280MHz.. will post if you want to see them. I got the same stepping as you.. wish it weren't so damn picky on the memory dividers.

280MHz!? :eek: Damn

Yes, please post you're settings because whatever I do, my sticks will not run higher than 255MHz, even when i'm running one on one, without a divider.

I'm at the point, that I'm pulling the hair out of my skull of frustration :sad:

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280MHz!? :eek: Damn

Yes, please post you're settings because whatever I do, my sticks will not run higher than 255MHz, even when i'm running one on one, without a divider.

I'm at the point, that I'm pulling the hair out of my skull of frustration :sad:

 

Heh, yep 280MHz. I got kind of lucky there.. gonna pop in my 3700 tonight and see if I can get it to 2.9GHz. Got fed up with this divider crap.. I wish I could get to even 2.7GHz as easy as you got to 3GHz :( lol

 

Out of curiosity, do you recall your chip having the letter 'T' or 'N' on the bottom right corner of it?

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I have the following Ballistix 2GB PC400 set:

 

Serial: BL12864L503. 16TD1

Batch: CL11171.5D

PN: 63617

 

I've successfully run them at 280Mhz 2.9v 3-4-4-8 1T.. Just trying to get them to do 300Mhz stable... I'm typing this with the stciks at 300MZ 3-4-4-7 3.0v 1T and my cpu at 3.0 Ghz as well.... Does anyone have any ideas as to how to get these babies stable?

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I know you are in panic mode, but I bought mine AFTER reading 'most' of this thread. So, don't think you did something bad. I can only tell you mine are working fine, and I haven't even really tried to OC them yet. Good luck on your tests, you are doing the right thing by individually testing them.

 

Can't let this thread die!!!

 

Well, I've had these ballistix's ( Crucial Ballistix BL12864Z503.16TD1 CL1116X.NP 2x1GB 3/4/4/8 1T 281Mhz 1/1 at 2.6v ) running for over 9 months now, overclocked to 281Mhz with a 50mm fan on them, and all is well. The TD1's were critical in my getting me up and running to 281Mhz.

 

Does that mean the ballistix's are the best, no, but what it does prove is that the 'whole' system must be in top shape to get a good overclock. Prior to this, I had some G.skill's and just couldn't get them right (although they worked fine at stock). A good cpu, memory, psu, motherboard are a must. Any one thing in that batch, and the 'system' just won't do as well as possible.

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Hey all,

 

Yip I'm new to the forum, but have been a long time reader, and you have all ready helped me with so much;

 

but now I have a big problem; about 4 months ago I brought a pair of ballistix tracers 2x1GB, and yesterday i walked in to my room to use the computer and it had locked up so i reset it to hear and see the DRAM beep error and the 3 of the 4 diagnostic leds on the mother board light up,

 

so i powered down the machine cleared the CMOS, but it has changed nothing

 

!HELP!

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I'd suggest doing a Memtest run. If you can't boot to your hd then try using a floppy or cdrom.

sorry I should have been more clear, the old girl wont even complete it's POST

 

Tried a 512MB Rambo(i know it's crap but it's cheap) DIMM from our media center, the computer booted and is running stable, but slow with only 512mb

which means the rest of the PC is OK

 

Since is my last post i have:

tried the modules by them self and together, in every possible configuration;

kind of random but tried a new CMOS battery;

both failed to solve any thing

tried the Ballistix's in 2 other computers (an ASUS NF2 -- the media center, and a DFI SLI-D NF4) which also failed to POST with the memory so I'm starting to think the modules might have gone bad like they have for so many of you!

 

so what do you think send em back or is there something more i can do??

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sorry I should have been more clear, the old girl wont even complete it's POST

 

Tried a 512MB Rambo(i know it's crap but it's cheap) DIMM from our media center, the computer booted and is running stable, but slow with only 512mb

which means the rest of the PC is OK

 

Since is my last post i have:

tried the modules by them self and together, in every possible configuration;

kind of random but tried a new CMOS battery;

both failed to solve any thing

tried the Ballistix's in 2 other computers (an ASUS NF2 -- the media center, and a DFI SLI-D NF4) which also failed to POST with the memory so I'm starting to think the modules might have gone bad like they have for so many of you!

 

so what do you think send em back or is there something more i can do??

 

Having both go bad at the same time is 'unusual', (I'd probably look at grounding/power supply problems too), but you've done what you could to narrow down the problem.

 

My vote:

Send 'em back. Get an RMA, and please post how the process worked for you and the way you were treated for future crucial buyers to read.

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My vote:

Send 'em back. Get an RMA, and please post how the process worked for you and the way you were treated for future crucial buyers to read.

 

As far as RMA procedures go theirs is top notch.

 

I won a set of 2x512Mb Ballistix at our Lan Party which went bad.With no reciept, proof of purchase they quite calmly took my details and accepted the sticks back for testing. (they were bad) and sent me a new set out within the week.

 

No hassle at all, very nice customer support indeed.

 

The next LAN party I won another set, but i've got no worries if they go bad.

:)

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