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Sorry I'm really unsure what the specific problem is. I need to figure out what excactly is the piece of hardware thats causing me the problems so I can replace it.  

Here goes,  Running Win2k pro,  with 256 pc133 ram and two Hard drives. Currently the boot hard drive is an 80 gig seagate barracuda, and the slave is a Maxtor 40gig. The problem has been happening from way before when I had the maxtor as my main hard drive,  in that time I've purchased a new one because I needed the space, and was worried the old one might have problems. But since I've tried using the seagate on its own and it has the same issues.   Files are either going missing or becoming corrupt.  In all sorts of ways.  Installing windows itself is a 50% chance of going right it seems as several times during installation it would tell me it can't install a file off the cd.  The cd is fine, but somewhere along the way the file is becoming corrupt.  Then when I shutdown windows it takes an incredibly long time and sometimes hands while its saving system settings.  Then upon booting the system up all sorts of different things have happened. Most common is it will reach the windows loading screen and crash with the error 0x00000067. This has only happened on the old HD so I tried the new one, and I have trouble installing/transferring/downloading large files. I get CRC errors, or other corrupt messages.  Both HD's have been formatted numerous times.  

Im curious if this could be a RAM issue... or something else... I only have 1 stick of ram so I can't swap them to find out...  I wish I could tell so I could go replace  it, but I can't go buy a new stick if thats not the case and then be unable to return it...  and still have the problems too....

any help would be much appreciated.
thank you
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NOTE if this doesn't find anything wrong with the RAM this DOESN'T mean the RAM is good However if it does find something wrong then chances are the RAM is bad.

DocMemory PC RAM
Diagnostic Software
http://www.simmtester.com/PAGE/products/doc/docinfo.asp

or

http://www.memtest86.com/ 
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i tried the simmtester program you posted there, and it got to around loop 54 before it just froze. to that point however it failed every test it ran.  

looks like I need a some new ram then.

thx
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Yeah it would appear you do. Phew that is lot of failures.
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Thanks for the tip CrazyOne,  I went out an got a stick of 512 pc133 sdram,  

I'm running an Asus CUSCL2-C mobo and am wondering what are good settings to use for it in the BIOS.  The default ones seemed not to work.  so I just moved them to the next

133/100/33  and it booted up fine.  It does seem oddly slower though,  should this be?

_thx
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>>>It does seem oddly slower though,  should this be?

No what were the settings prior to what you have them now?
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previous to this was 133/133/33    changed to 133/100/33
it would hang when using the previous settings.

running at 933mhz aswell...if it matters
   
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