|If I wasn't familiar with ASUS' common problem about many of their motherboards being picky about memory, I would tend to agree. When I first built this system, I started with two sticks and it wouldn't POST correctly using the rated memory speed. The manual showed that I had to populate all 4 slots with the OCZ Reaper memory. So I got 2 more. Life was good and my memory was running at 1066MHz.|
In the past few months, I had not crashed or BSOD. I did have a failure to re-boot once or twice. But it would after I did a cold boot, so I didn't really think much about it.
After the Boot Time Defrag BSOD, I couldn't boot in any mode, so I couldn't Restore. Then, I moved the SATA to the Intel ICH10R controlled connectors, and removed my RAID drives. I found some limited success by something wasn't right.
Through installing XP on spare Hard Drives, I started seeing problems when I tried to use the Marvel controlled SATA connectors.
I read an awful lot in the ASUS forum for my board model. There I saw a something that made me second guess my memory. When I look at the QVL on the website, I saw some changes that weren't in my manual. Then I saw that I actually used the wrong memory.
Saying that, I will say that my system was rather stable with the wrong size memory. But only when I ran it at 667MHz.
So, I put the original Hard Drive back in and used a supported 800MHz memory pair and it booted up fine. multiple times it booted. And I did restore to before I installed that Defrag program.
Now, I plugged everything back together and closed the case. Then it failed to boot. The only thing that was different from when it was lying on it's side and covers off, was the DVD drive. So, I unplugged it and it boots just fine.
The root cause and eventual solution of all this is really frustrating. I don't understand why my system didn't crash before. But it is stable now that the memory is a qualified brand.
At my company, I have a co-worker that has an ASUS Rampage Formula. His machine will BSOD if he tried to use any energy saving feature. It is because they installed memory that is not on the Qualified list for that MB.
I have used ASUS for many years and have been bitten by the memory problems in the past. But, I thought I had used the correct memory so I didn't even consider that as a driving factor at all.
But all the additional troubles as to not being able to do a repair and all the rest. It's crazy.
I just ordered another motherboard for a different system. This time, it's an EVGA!