Locking/freezing while gaming, RAM issue?

February 25, 2011 at 12:32:49
Specs: Windows XP, Intel 1Gb RAM
Hello all,
I'm running on a Intel Pentium 4 Desktop.
My PSU is an ATX case Power Supply model no. PSA-h580

Here CPUz info of my Pc:

I play an MMO called Fiesta, which implies more or less same req. than WoW and such apps
it used to run on 512RAM just perfectly fine
Awhile ago i decided to buy another 512 stick though.

After having troubles freezing while gaming, Tech told me it could be Memories Uncompatibility
and that could have damaged both of my Mem sticks, so i bought a new 1Gb mem stickto replace both the 512 ones.

I played Okay for about 2 weeks, but then freezing/locking started again.

I've searched about this prob and seems to be pretty common,
Anwers go from:
- Setting Diff Voltage to my RAM ( its on 'Normal' and the other option is 'High' )
- Changing OverClocking Mhz, (or something liek that, I'm kind of ignorant in Computer stuff)
- Changing DRAM frequency
- Changing Command Time from 1t to 2t

Furthest I could get myself to was gettin into the BIOS and finding the settings for
- the DRAM frequ. That is set on Auto
- the Overclocking Feature that is desabled (@200Mhz)

Anyways, I have found out, also, that a bunch of people soulved their freezing problems by changing the CT from 1T to 2T, my system says 2T though already.

on DRAM timing settings I'm on 2.4/4
Other options are 1.4/2, 2.0/3, 2.5/4 and 3.0/5
I dont know what all that means though.

If anyone could give me an advice on how to execute anyothe rof the solutions
I've researched so far, would be fastastic.

Thanks in advance.

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February 25, 2011 at 14:52:08
Okay so on DRAM timing, from auto I set to turbo, and I'n Memory Voltage switched from Normal to High, saved, it rebooted. and it wont pull the start up.

Is there any way to enter the BIOS and set back to fact. defaults?
It doesn't load anything, at all.

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February 25, 2011 at 15:52:40
The voltage & timings are on your 3rd screenshot --- 4-4-4-12 @ 1.8v. Those settings are taken directly from the EEPROM on the memory stick. There was absolutely no reason to change the BIOS settings. Also, your 2nd screenshot shows that the ratio is correct for your CPU/RAM combination (3:4) so don't mess with the speed setting. If you want to find out if you have a memory problem, you need to test it with either memtest86 or Windows Memory Diagnostic.

You've apparently screwed up the settings & made the system unbootable. What you're going to have to do is completely reset the BIOS. To do that, unplug the power cord, then remove the side panel from the case. Find the CMOS battery - it's about the size of a nickel. Somewhere in the vicinity of the battery will be the "clear CMOS" jumper. Here's an example:


Notice the the red jumper cap. It's currently on pins 1-2 & pin 3 is unused. What you would need to do is momentarily move the cap to pins 2-3, wait a few seconds, then move it back to pins 1-2 again. That's all there is to it. Plug the power cord in & bootup. Immediately enter the BIOS & correct the date, time & all the rest of the settings. While you're in the BIOS, find the PC Health menu, Hardware Monitor menu, or something similar. Check the CPU temperature & post back what it is.

Once you've done that, test the RAM:



Also, I'd be very suspicious of that power supply. Does it have a brand name? Have a look at it's label while you have the case open. Post the amperage ratings for the +3.3v, +5v & +12v rails.

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March 6, 2011 at 11:02:48
Yes I reseted the BIOS, Thanks it's running again.
I checked memtest to 100% before posting this, it didn't shoot any error.

About the temperature, I've been always concerned about that cause' since ever it's ran on 80~81 C, regardless of all the coolers I have added to it.

I'll post the PSU rates in a bit. I think it might have be that, alot of people have suggested thats the problem, but I wouldn't know which kinda power supply i would need to buy instead.

The Brand is AVATEC.
580W Peak Power.

On AC input, its has Voltage(220v), Current(6A), FreQuency(47~63Hz)

On DC Output it has +12v(24A) | +5v(52A) | +3.3v(32A) | -5v(0.5A) | -12v(1.0A) | +5vsb(2.0A)

If you coudl tell me if theres something wrong and what should i look after to buy it woudl be so niceee.

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March 6, 2011 at 15:33:31
"About the temperature, I've been always concerned about that cause' since ever it's ran on 80~81 C, regardless of all the coolers I have added to it."

Your temperature is way too high if those are idle or normal use. They might be acceptable at the end of a major stress test, but you MUST get them down. Get a tube of a premium brand thermal compound and reset your CPU cooler. Remove the heatsink, remove all of the old compound (rubbing alcohol and plastic for scraping like an old credit card), apply the proper amount and reseat it. See this for the proper application for your Pentium 4 CPU:
(different CPU's need different application methods)

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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March 6, 2011 at 16:58:02
Thanks, actually last time I took my pc to a tech he removed that compound and didn't apply any back again. Probably that's the reason of the high temperature peaks it reachs. I'll try to find a place to buy the compound and check if it helps the heat.

On the other hand, I remember that time, with the grease (or whatever it is) still there, I took it because of the game locking, so I dotn think the heat is the reason of it.

I still have faith in the fact that a new PSU would fix that issue.

Hopefully someone can give me an advice about my PSU so I can get a proper one.

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