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Ok. Lately my programs have been crashing with a weird error. Originally it just started with Warcraft 3 when trying to load a saved game and now this morning it happened with Mirc so i'm pretty sure it's not just an isolate program error now. I have tried to reduce my memory timings to the slowest specs and still no go. This isn't something that happens a lot, but enough that it bothers me. Here are the error messages:
My computer specs are:
Athlon XP 1800+
MSI KT3 ULTRA-ARU Motherboard (KT333)
Corsair 512MB (2x256 mb) PC2700 Cas2 DDR Ram
Western Digital 80GB Special Edition HD
MSI Geforce4 Ti 4200
Any ideas on what is causing this and how it can be remedied?
07-09-2002, 12:28 PM
How's your heat? An overheated system can cause weird errors like that....
Normal heat ammounts. Doesn't seem to be a problem there. Also, one thing I forgot to mention. The programs don't crash while running. They crash when I try to close them or when I try to load a saved game file.
07-09-2002, 03:56 PM
No, there are no overclocked components in the system
07-09-2002, 04:28 PM
Do you have more than one DIMM in the system?
If so, can you take one out, run on the other for a while,
and then see if you get the errors? Then change the DIMMS to
see if you get the errors with the other one in.
That might tell you if one of them has gone bad...
Just tested both DIMMs seperately and in different slots. Same thing is happening. :(
A few BIOS Settings which I don't know if they shoudl be set:
SDRAM Bank Interleave - Disabled
SDRAM Burst Length - 4 WQ
SDRAM 1T Command - Disabled
Fast Command - Normal
Interntal Cache - WriteBack
System BIOS Cacheable - Enabled
C000, 32k Shadow - Disabled
APIC Function - Enabled
MPS Table Version - 1.4
Settings look ok.
Some motherboards just don't like certain memory sticks. I had a motherboard that hated Micron memory.
If you have a different brand of DDR ram, take out those sticks of Corsair ram you are using and put in the other brand of ram and see what happens.
I recently installed GTA 3 and get the exact same errors. No other program creates this error.
07-10-2002, 12:20 PM
I get the MIRC error you get when I close Neverwinter Nights.
I also have an AMD.
I installed NWN on my P2 and it opens and closes without any problems.
Could be processor related.
Having worked at M$, I can say that most "memory could not be read" errors are due to buggy programs that don't manage memory correctly. Not a whole lot to be done...
07-21-2002, 01:20 PM
Hey Memo, I just had this problem too. The thing is, I had the "memory can't be read" error only after I put a bad stick of ram in my computer.
I was testing out the ram (mine was the third system I put it in), and sure enough, it came up with exactly the same error as you did. Also, it happened while I was playing WC3. The only real differences I can see between our systems is that I am running Me, and an ATI card.
Maybe you got a bad batch of ram? :shrug:
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