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02-02-2012 07:45 AM
I'd sure like an explanation for this, seems like a failure of something on the MB negotiating with the memory slots. I don't think it gets far enough along for Windows to LOG anything, very frustrating. Using both chips, it just reboots endlessly without starting up, and the BSOD comes up and disappears so fast, you can't see it.
02-21-2012 08:38 PM
No one has figured it out yet? Here's what I have to add:
I bought TWO of these identical systems recently on craigslist. BOTH have this same problem. Though I have found that they run fine with one 512MB stick installed in one slot and nothing in the other. Even a 1GB stick in either causes the system to shut down by itself usually. Sometimes I get a friendly BSOD or similar instead. 512MB is of course quite unusable (yet more usable than a system that can't stay running).
I have pulled out most of the hardware and have the same issues. I stuck a fan on the chipset heat sink, same issue. I have run memtest86 for a full day without errors. I have tried probably 5 sticks of known working memory. I have reinstalled several times and it usually fails to complete. I have put Ubuntu on it and it has the exact same issues.
The only things that I haven't yet tried are a new power supply, motherboard or CPU. I haven't looked into overheating a lot yet, but I don't think that's the issue. Most likely POS capacitors or other components I'm guessing. I'll see if I get anywhere.