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EddieBurkett
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I feel bad posting this here cuz I should be able to diagnose this and I don't think this has an easy solution, but it can't hurt to throw this out there.

The system I'm running is a Dell Dimension 8250 w/ Windows XPSP2. It had 256 MB RDRAM (2x128) and at the start of the month I added another 512 MB RDRAM (2x256) for a total of 768 MB. It also has an nVidia GeForce 4 MX420.

I did this primarily to play some games which were running rather slow on my system as it was, specifically Star Wars Galaxies. Everything ran fine for a week, and then I was playing Galaxies, and some textures started displaying incorrectly. Then after a while the game crashed on me. I rebooted and tried the game again, and I was able to log in, but when I rotated the camera around a certain number of degrees, the game would crash. I did that a few more times before I finally stopped rotating the camera, and very slowly left the area I was crashing in. Since then, the crashing has grown more frequent until now it crashes before I can even log into my account.

Additionally, I had a problem during this process where my system will Blue Screen telling me there has been some sort of memory error. When I reboot, it only detects 600 MB of the 768 MB RAM. I think one of the new memory sticks was bad. I took out the new memory, but that hasn't stopped SWG from crashing. I did try the system with only the new memory. While that was running, I experienced the blue screen again, and upon reboot, the system was picking up 344 MB RAM, which is 168 less than 512, just as 600 is 168 less than 768. I can't find out which of the two sticks is corrupt however, because my system requires memory be inserted in pairs.

During all of this, I also tried playing Vampire: the Masquerade: Bloodlines (which is REALLY slow at 256 MB RAM). I was able to play, but the textures would display their pathname above them. (For example, I'd walk up to a brick wall, and above the brick, it would say something like C:\Program Files\Vampire\brick.jpg. Odd.) I didn't play that for long. I tried updating my nVidia driver, but that doesn't seem to have done anything.

Also, since this has started happening, Firefox will occasionally crash on me.

I've been getting messages in my Application event log of the type "Faulting application launchpad.exe, version 0.0.0.0, faulting module launchpad.exe, version 0.0.0.0, fault address 0x000a91fa." (in this case, launchpad is the application used to start SWG. I've also had this happen when Firefox has crashed, as well as bittorrent once.)

Also, I've tried installing DivX in the last week, and I've been unable to complete that installation.

I have since taken the 512 MB back out of the system, and I am still having these problems. SWG is now unplayable for me (which is probably not a bad thing, all things considered), but my subscription renews this week, and if I can't play it I don't want to keep paying for it. If anyone can provide any insight, it would be appreciated. Thanks for reading this far...



"Now that you've built up the courage to get into the gym, let me give you five reasons why you should put in the time to train with consistency: 1. Increased strength 2. Improved self-confidence 3. Injury prevention 4. Self-discipline 5. Sex (Trust me, you'll have a better shot with the ladies if you're in shape.)" -- Making the Game, pp. 14 - 15
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.23
    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
    I can't find out which of the two sticks is corrupt however, because my system requires memory be inserted in pairs.


That seems so very, very wrong to me.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
Did you change any of the RAS or CAS settings in the BIOS when you installed the new RAM?

I haven't messed with this stuff in ages, but it is one area that you may find will help. If the RAM has different timing you may be trying to refresh the RAM banks faster than it can handle.

What brand of RAM is it? Do you know all of the correct settings for both sets of RAM?



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EddieBurkett
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.18
    Originally posted by Merc
      Originally posted by EddieBurkett
      I can't find out which of the two sticks is corrupt however, because my system requires memory be inserted in pairs.


    That seems so very, very wrong to me.


I agree that this sucks, however, that's how it seems to be. I'm stuck using RDRAM (RIMM), and that requires that it be inserted in pairs. What really sucks is that this stuff isn't as available as, say, SDRAM, so it took me a while to find it online, and it cost more.

Guru, I haven't played with any of those settings, but I'll look at them. I can't say I know all the settings, but the system did seem to work fine for a week before all the problems started happening, and now its still displaying symptoms even though I've taken the RAM out. I'll look into that, though. Thanks, and happy birthday!



"Now that you've built up the courage to get into the gym, let me give you five reasons why you should put in the time to train with consistency: 1. Increased strength 2. Improved self-confidence 3. Injury prevention 4. Self-discipline 5. Sex (Trust me, you'll have a better shot with the ladies if you're in shape.)" -- Making the Game, pp. 14 - 15
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You might check your motherboard manual. You might need the larger pair in the first bank and the smaller pair in the second bank or vice versa.

Also, be sure that your system drive has room for the new size of your pagefile. I think Windows always defaults to putting it on C:

But most of all, I'd suggest reinstalling your video drivers with a full uninstall->reboot->install->reboot cycle.




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EddieBurkett
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Since: 3.1.02
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.18
I did the uninstall/reinstall of my video drivers, re-inserting the RAM, with the 512MB going in the first two slots, and did a Full Scan on SWG, and everything seems to be working well (for now). Thanks Guru and Tarnish!



"Now that you've built up the courage to get into the gym, let me give you five reasons why you should put in the time to train with consistency: 1. Increased strength 2. Improved self-confidence 3. Injury prevention 4. Self-discipline 5. Sex (Trust me, you'll have a better shot with the ladies if you're in shape.)" -- Making the Game, pp. 14 - 15
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