I recently built the following system:
Enlight 7237 - 340W
EPOX 8KHA+ KT266A (latest BIOS 11/2/01)
Athlon 1800+ (not goosed/OCed)
Matrox G450 dual
VIA 4.34 (no different when upgraded to 4.37)
Crucial PC2100 2.5 (3 sticks) - CT3264z265.16T - all sticks are identical & purchased at the same time and vendor
Upon the initial installation the first thing I got was BSDO .... something about MEMORY dump. Problem repeated at naseaum. System about as flaky as Iíve ever seen.
Then.... I removed all mem sticks but one in slot 1..... system solid as a rock!!!!!!!
Tried 2nd stick in slot 1...... system solid!!!!!!!!
Tried 3rd stick in slot 1....perfect!!!
Inserted a DIMM in the 2nd slot ....perfect!!!!
Switched to all possible combos in slots 1 & 2 ........ perfect!!!!!!!
As soon as it gets a stick up its 3rd slot,it starts acting up. Regardless which of the 3 sticks are in slot 3 there are problems. Regardless which sticks are in slots 1 & 2... NO PROBLEMS & it is the most stable Iíve seen.
Ran the system on 2 DIMMs for about 1 week & have had NO problems. Inserted a stick in the 3rd slot & almost instantly it began either issuing BSDOs, OR simply rebooting itself w/o ANY warnings, and just in the middle of an application. Now, I have been running the system on DIMMs in slots 1 & 2 for about 2+ weeks w/o a single problem!!!!!!!
EPOX wreck support has failed to respond to repeated emails in addition to two phone call messages left on their answering system.
Thanks in anticipation.