RAM problems.....

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by cwalker2734, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. cwalker2734

    cwalker2734 Guest

    I have been running into all kinds of errors and BSOD when I use the 3rd DIMM slot.

    You can look below in my sig and see the hardware specs...

    I know that in the past many motherboards didnt like it when you used that 3rd slot for RAM, is that still the case ?

    It doesnt matter what stick I use, but when I put the last stick of 512MB in, I start running into errors...

    Any ideas, thoughts ??

    :confused:

    I know it isnt the absolute best motherboard on the market, but it is a good one..
     
  2. albybum

    albybum Penguin Rancher

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    I have never seen a Soyo motherboard that I didn't like, but it does sound like a limitation from the board.

    It could also be a windows XP Issue. The OS does have issues with memory addressing across multiple physical spans of memory. If there is anyway you can test a different opperating system without a headache - but I did notice you are running 2 HD with Raid, so that might be a little more troubleshooting than you need.

    Soyo has a pretty good support page and a lot of common problems here:

    http://www.soyousa.com/support/
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    Under intense load, Windows Xp can BSOD and lockup when you have mismatched sizes and in some cases, mismatched brands. I ran into this recently and was banging my head for days. All my ram was error free and ran fine independently, but when I mismatched the sizes, XP would get funky when I ran games or decoded/encoded video. I bought matching brands and sizes and have not had a problem since - I later found out on some hardware forums that XP has this problem.
     
  3. cwalker2734

    cwalker2734 Guest

    OK thanks for the input,

    In your opinion what is the absolute best brand of RAM ?

    I was thinking about switching to OCZ, these Corsair XMS Platinums have never given me problems , I am just bored with them and want to try something new..
     
  4. cwalker2734

    cwalker2734 Guest

    From the Soyo support page:

    NOTE:
    1. Only 2 banks of PC2700, and PC3200 is supported, this means you can only place two(2) DDR333(PC2700), or DDR400(PC3200) modules on this board. this board does, however; support three(3) DDDR266(PC2100) memory modules
    2. if two modules(PC3200, or PC2700) are being used on this board. Make sure to place one module on DDR socket #1, and one on DDR socket #3.

    Damn them, Damn them I say

    Well looks like Im in the market for (2) sticks of quality 1024 MB RAM !
     
  5. jonifen

    jonifen pffff...

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    It may be a case of slot 2 and 3 sharing the same banks (it does the same on my mobo) so as far as I know, I can only use bank 2 or bank 3. I have never tried to put a ram stick in both slot 2 and 3 yet, so I dont know if it would give me similar problems as you're experiencing... I would imagine it might do though.
     
  6. scriptasylum

    scriptasylum Moderator

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    Would those happen to be the "LL" versions (low latency)? If so, wanna sell? :)
     
  7. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    just to clarify, that's the SY-KT333 DRAGON Ultra (Black), right?
     
  8. cwalker2734

    cwalker2734 Guest

    NO its the KT 400 Soyo DragonUltra Black Edition

    I dont know if the RAM was the LL but I do know it was the XMS Platinum. When I bought them approx. 1 year ago each stick was $180.00, its good RAM.
     
  9. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    oh, okay. you might want to clarify that in your sig, then. ;)
     
  10. cwalker2734

    cwalker2734 Guest

    I am pissed off about all of this, I thought the matherboard was a good one, yet it has nothing to offer other than on board RAID (woopy!) And an optional SATA

    I'm gonna go with the ASUS, I just wished it wasnt so damned ugly !
     
  11. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    it's more a limitation on via's kt400 chipset and not really the manufacturer's fault.
     
  12. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    Cwalker I feel your pain.

    I bought the G7VRXP last spring thinking it would be good for years. No over clocking over 2200, flaky with 333 RAM, NO Barton. VIA has lost their edge and gigabyte just doesn't put the effort out that ASUS does for overclcokers.

    And all I've got is RAID that I will never use because mirroring doesn't protect against viruses and drive prices per gigabyte are dropping at an appaling rate... Sigh.
     
  13. cwalker2734

    cwalker2734 Guest

    I just got that nVidia 5900 Ultra, so after I replace the motherboard, I will be done with the constant upgrading, well I'll have to get the 3200XP soon ....then I'll be done !
     
  14. cwalker2734

    cwalker2734 Guest

    One question though...

    I have (2) 80 gig HD w/ 8 meg cache. Since they are on RAID 0, does that mean I have 16 meg cache ??