Memory problems

  Falk 18:54 02 Jun 2005

Hi Im trying to troubleshoot an error Im having, any help would be most appreciated. Im running XP Home, AMD Athlon XP 3200+, 1GB Ram and a Radeon 9800 128mb.

The problem occurs when gaming, I first noticed it on World of Warcraft. At seemingly random times I crash and get an "Error 132 access violation". It began happening very often to the point that the game was crashing every five minutes, however on occasion I can play for a few hours without a crash. I thought it was something server side however I am also now crashing on Battlefield Vietnam at random times and on Counterstrike Source which says "Memory could not be read".

I have reinstalled all three games, re-patched, updated video and audio drivers, ran Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool which found 0 errors with my RAM and tried various graphics and sound settings and all seemed to have made no difference and Im not sure what to do next.

Thanks in advance.

  Technotiger 18:57 02 Jun 2005

Hi, perhaps worth having a look through these -

click here


  dagwoood 19:48 02 Jun 2005

A few suggestions.

Firstly, what size is your page file? I know you have a sufficient amount of RAM, but XP will still use the page file. It's advisable to set your Page File to 2GB(i.e.twice the amount of RAM on your system).

You don't mention what motherboard you have. If it has an Nforce2 chipset, these can be temperamental with regards to memory speeds.

Also, do you have a large amount of services running in the background? 1 Gig of RAM shouldn't be swallowed up by background processes, but if you have a lot, it may account for the error.

Have you scanned your system for virus's and malware? These can also use up RAM.

HTH, dagwoood.

  Falk 21:10 02 Jun 2005

Thanks for the responses and link.

Dagwoood - Im not too sure how to check what motherboard I have or size of page file, sorry about that but if someone was able to give me instructions about how too I will post the information.

I dont have any serivces running in the background and I have done a full system scan with fully updated AVG Free Edition, Spybot, Ad-Aware SE, Microsoft Antispyware and all said my system was clean. I also have Spyware Blaster which hasnt spotted anything.

  Technotiger 21:12 02 Jun 2005

Hi, download and run this - it will tell you all about the inside of your pc.

click here

  Technotiger 21:13 02 Jun 2005

ps - I would suggest you print out the results from Belarc.

  Falk 22:23 02 Jun 2005

Running the risk of sounding like an idiot..what information do you need from? I couldnt see the chipset information on there.

  Falk 23:19 02 Jun 2005

Well if this helps I think my board is VA-20 chipset VIA KM400A and page file is set at 2.4GB I think

  Falk 00:33 03 Jun 2005

Ive read somewhere that there is a stability issue between some VIA chipsets and certain type of ram I think ddr-400..could this be a potential cause?

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