First post, by Malik
Just a quick note on the memtests I did:
Motherboard : DFI CA61 Socket 370
CPU : Intel PIII 1GHz Coppermine processor
FSB @ 133MHz
Chipset : VIA Apollo 133 Pro
EDIT: Sticks used - RAM: 128MB PC133 & 256MB PC-133 sticks, and a PC-100 128MB stick (for testing) - tested individually, only one module running at a time.
Scenario : Windows ME started behaving strangely -
Error Message : "windows encountered an error accessing the system registry. Windows will restart and repair the system registry for you".
After consulting Microsoft's Knowledge Base, I tried checking the memory using the memtest. Fair enough, errors were detected.
But then, I tried using many sticks but all showed similar errors at the EXACT point of tests, beginning with Test 3.
Thinking something was wrong, and after taking into account my previous experiences with this particular motherboard, I tried reducing the bus speed to 100MHz.
Using the same sticks, at the same slots, MEMTEST passed all the tests SUCCESSFULLY.
Makes me wonder :
Either and/or :
1. My motherboard is faulty,
2. VIA's Apollo Pro 133 chipset is half baked.
I also wonder if slot problems will also bring out errors, even if the sticks themselves are clean.
And also, I wonder if we can feel snug and comfortable if MEMTEST passes all the test. Should we run the tests again and again to make sure the stick is not faulty? It's quite exhausting to run the memory tests.