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Is my motherboard going bad?


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#1 McClainJa

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 12:11 PM

Hi, I have a really old computer, Emachines T3025, and I recently upgraded my ram from the original 512MB stick to 2 1GB sticks. Now when I use high memory games (Counter Strike: Source and Civilization 4) my computer crashes. It only happens when both memory sticks are in. After running memtest86 to check the RAM for errors (which after 2 full passes it found none) I decided to run each memory stick individually to see if I could find the bad stick, both ran one at a time, in both slots, without a problem. No errors or crashes. When I put both sticks in at the same time again the games crash. Steam Support also says that the problem seems to be with my memory (after looking at my game crash files), but the games don't crash when I use only one stick at a time. Is there a problem with my motherboard? or maybe my hard drive and virtual RAM?

Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thank You.

Edited by McClainJa, 23 March 2010 - 12:13 PM.


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Posted 23 March 2010 - 01:30 PM

According to your computer's specs, this motherboard does support up to 2 Gb of ram.

I am curious if your RAM modules are matched correctly.

Sometimes a motherboard can not work well with RAM which is made by two different manufacture's, they don't always want to get along with each other.

Can you please reply back and tell me if the modules are from the same RAM Manufacturer?

Also we may be looking at a situation where your 2nd RAM slot may have a defect or problem.

I have not found a manual as of yet which is related to your motherboard's RAM slot layout, but make sure your are following the proceedure correctly as to which slots need to be used for the second RAM module, some boards do not allow slot 1 and slot 2 to be used together, sometimes it is where slot 1 and slot 3 are used together, but this is only the case in where there are 4 RAM slots on the motherboard.
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Posted 23 March 2010 - 04:08 PM

Are you sure you bought the right speed ram, a 1g sticks are not alike. The sticks should have the speed on the sticker, look in hte bios to see what speed is set there.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 08:40 PM

The RAM sticks were purchased together as a 2GB (2x1GB) pack and are from the same manufacturer. Also, I have only found one web page where the specs for the motherboard are listed and have since lost it... I'll try to find it again, its from emachines customer service. I can tell you there are only 2 RAM slots, PC2700 DDR333. Here is the ebay link for where I purchased it: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...em=280477403375.

EDIT: The motherboad is actually a FIC AU31 (K7M-NF18G) and is no longer listed on their site as the AU31, just the K7M-NF18G. Here's the site: http://www.fic.com.tw/product/motherboard/AMD/k7m-nf18g.aspx

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 08:59 PM

What OS and version are you running? Also have you checked to see if the rams speed matches what is in the bios, the speed should be on the stick on tag. Just hunting for ideas!

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 09:39 AM

I am using XP SP3, and the bios showed the correct speed even when both were in.




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