Bad Ram? Bad Motherboard? Caching Ram? Lost...


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The first few paragraphs are pretty much what I put before getting suggestions about RAM, so it's not really the game issue, but I figured I should include all information.

So I finish putting together my new system and everything appears to be fine. Until I try to install the game "World of Warcraft", I beging to get various errors. At first I thought it was this WinBorg software I was using instead of normal XP, so this morning I did a CHKDSK and repaired windows, still nothing. So I reinstalled a fresh normal copy of windows on a brand new HD (160GB Seagate SATA) and had the same problem. CHKDSK and repair on that, and nothing, system was seriously fragmented the first time I ran it, though here is how it looks now... my MFT was also like 98% used until I padded it or something .

I've tried multiple cds of the game as well. My copy, a friend's and my roomate's, still nothing. I moved my folder over the network and would crash after I killed a mob due to some error with WoW sharing violation or something. So I uninstalled on my original system, and moved the fresh install folder over, patcher fucking up with some camera/human shit so still nothing. I've been able to install everything else without any problems, it's just WoW.

So I copied some information from chkdsk in a jpg.
(was partitioned to a smaller size at the time)

And here's the error I keep getting. It's not always this file in paticular, though it is Texture or Terrain.MPQ more than the others (they all seem to be MPQ's when failure occurs). The first time I installed I made it to CD 3 without an error, I haven't made it past CD 1 since.

And here's the error I get after I copy it over the network and then crash while playing.

So I posted about this on a WoW message board and multiple people told me it was most likely bad RAM. I ran a ram diag with the MS software from their site (

LRAND and ERAND (not sure what that is) failed. 117 Errors total. So this morning I go exchange my RAM after argueing with the Tech guy at the store (foolishly) come home, install it and same stuff begins to happen. So I try a new ram check: and get the following.

"L1 Cache: 128 - 18118MB/S
L2 Cache: 512k 4501MB/S
Memory: 1024 2107/MB/s
Chipset: nForce3 250 (ECC: Disabled)
Settings: RAM: 200Mhz (DDR401) / CAS: 2-4-2-5 / Dual Chanel (128 bits)"

Then below that are the results through about 115 minutes (didn't complete it), keep in mind this is brand new memory.

Cached: 1024
RsvdMem: 84k
MemMap: e820-Std
Cache: On
ECC: Off
Test: Std
Pass: 7
Errors: 16
ECC Ers: 0

Tst ----- Pass ---- Failing Address ----------------Good ------------- Bad ------ Err-Bits ------- Count Chan

5 --------- 0 ---- 0003aaf2e20 - 938.1MB --------- 00000000 ----- 00004000 ----- 00004000 ------ 1

5 --------- 0 ---- 0003baf2e00 - 954.1MB --------- 00000000 ----- 00004000 ----- 00004000 ------ 1

7 --------- 0 ---- 0001888deb8 - 392.8MB --------- 627fcc3d ----- 6277cc3d ----- 00080000 ------ 1

7 --------- 1 ---- 0002ecc3478 - 748.1MB --------- dc7f43cd ----- dc7743cd ----- 00080000 ------ 1

5 --------- 2 ---- 0003aaf2e20 - 938.1MB --------- 00000000 ----- 00004000 ----- 00004000 ------ 1

5 --------- 2 ---- 0003baf2e00 - 954.1MB --------- 00000000 ----- 00004000 ----- 00004000 ------ 1

7 --------- 2 ---- 0002fe43198 - 766.1MB --------- dd1d2b1f ----- dd152b1f ----- 00080000 ------ 1

Anyway you get the point, 16 of them and 2 hours through the test when I finally exited it.

Here's the system:
hard drive

looking at test 1-9. 1-4 had 0 errors, test 5 had 12, test 6 had 0, test 7 had 4, test 8-9 had 0. Actual Ram specs say its 2-3-2-6 and mine is doing 2-4-2-5. I don't know how to get that middle number down to 3 though.

At this point I really don't know what to do, I thought I was pretty computer knowledage, but I've never had so many problems with something like this before and am looking for any help I can get.


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Well I moved the second stick of 512 to slot 3 (disabling dual mode) and it works now (knock on wood).