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#  Wednesday, January 4, 2006

When will the misery end? Initially, I only bought 2GB of memory for my x64 workstation. But I intended to add two more from day one, and today was the day - two additional Kingston KVR400X64C3A/1G DDR-400 modules were delivered to my doorstep. So in theory 4 modules would yield 4GB of memory.

Not so fast, Buster. Exactly. After finding out the hard way (blue screen and various other sorts of lock-ups), it looks suspiciously like the ASUS A8N-SLI Premium does not like four DDR-400 modules! (the ValueRAM site hints at this, and there are discussion threads too) that pretty much takes the biscuit.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2006 8:01:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2]


Thursday, January 5, 2006 4:02:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
The Asus A8N-E, their NF4 Ultra board, works fine with 4 512MB modules. I think the NF4 Ultra and SLI chips are identical silicon, so this issue is odd.

I did find that a BIOS update fixed my RAM issues, specifically Memtest errors. Have you tried underclocking the RAM? Also, it's well-known that you have to use 2T not 1T RAM timing when you have 4 DDR400 modules with Venice and San Diego Athlon64s (older revisions couldn't do this; the RAM had to be at DDR333).
Michael Hutchinson
Thursday, January 5, 2006 8:20:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
I had read the thread and set the RAM to manual timing (funny enough it then defaults to 2T). That didn't work. Same with setting the speed to 333.
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