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Francis Burgess
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2001 - 8:42 am:   

Hi - help if you can please - I have just put a PC together and all it does during POST is count it's RAM memory, once it's completes this it does it again and again and does not boot up the operating system. Have I done something drastically wrong? I'm pretty sure I got all the jumpers set up OK.
V (Vera)
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2001 - 9:13 am:   

in bios is a feature called quick power on self test. when it is set to "enabled" it will result in a quick ram cycle
if set to disabled it will go through the cycle three or four times. best for detecting ram errors

how many times is it doing it on your machine
Francis Burgess
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2001 - 1:23 pm:   

Hi Thanks for the response - it is constantly doing it and never stops, in the end I either try to interrupt it (which is difficult in itself) or more usually I switch the machine off. I don't think it is a RAM error as I have pulled out various RAM modules and replaced it with RAM from a different machine. The count completes and looks like it is going to boot up the operating system then stops and does a memory count again and this just carries on.
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2001 - 2:12 pm:   

This symptom is a memory failure problem. Never heard of it being anything else. In your switching memory around, you might be missing the bad one, or maybe there are more than one bad one. You definitely want to eliminate any flaky memory as these errors can be spuradic and a royal pain. The errors often seem to come from everywhere else. Check out this link for memory testing methods.

Doc Memory may help and can be downloaded at:
V (Vera)
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2001 - 2:32 pm:   

good links trish thanks
V (Vera)
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2001 - 2:34 pm:   

oh Francis did you try the suspect ram in a different machine to see the result?
Francis Burgess
Posted on Friday, November 2, 2001 - 5:34 pm:   

Hi thanks for the advice - I can't get to the stage where I can run the Doc Memory as the machine does not stop counting it's memory ie it starts the memory test on boot up and never gets past it and so does not access the A drive to run the memory test. I am going to try the memory in another machine and rebuild the current one to see if that makes a difference.
Francis Burgess
Posted on Monday, November 19, 2001 - 5:05 am:   

Just thought I would let you know that I rebuilt the machine and tried memory from a different machine that I knew to be ok and it made no difference. The only way I can get it to work is to put a slower processor in the zif socket. The book I have with the board states it will support up to 300 mghtz, but I can only get it to work up to 200 mghtz without the constant memory count problem. Thanks again for help and advice.

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