Re: Memory errors. Maybe.
Richard Rauch <rkr <at> olib.org>
2004-09-17 12:44:29 GMT
For closure of the thread:
It had been suggested in the past that these problems appeared to
be memory related. I was incredulous that (a) I was so unlucky to
have had 2 memory modules go bad in succession, and (b) that the
memory that had worked 100% when new had suddenly failed after a
couple of months. Because of alleged BIOS issues, and not-so-warm
views of the nForce3 that I was getting from some other quarters,
I was reluctant to throw $100 at more memory if I wasn't sure that
the problem was not a CPU or motherboard/BIOS issue.
Off-list, Mike Cheponis very helpfully pointed out that such failure
can occur even after a few months, if the memory falls slightly
out of spec for the performance that it is supposed to maintain.
Mike suggested a fan for the memory. I was lacking the means to
construct a mounting bracket myself for a regular muffin fan and
unable to get a memory-specific fan off-(Continue reading)
settled with a $9 heat-sink.
Even without the thermal paste, the sink seems to have made a
difference. After 2 complete passes, and ~90% of a third pass
(over 9.5 hours), there are no reported errors.
I'll let it continue a while longer, and then kill the system, put
the thermal paste in the heatsink, and then bring it back up.
Many thanks to Mike for not only diagnosing it as a definite memory
problem, but also diagnosing (or at least correctly theorizing)
the nature of the memory problem and suggesting a very cheap way
to fix it. (Seeing as I have no other DDR 400 systems, I was