I have some years old p4 with msi 865pe-neo2 motherboard and pata 160gb wd hdd. Some time ago I started to have “Dram timings is too tightly so reload timing” message rarely. I checked my ddrams and found nothing.
Then the message started to get more frequent and therefore I didn’t close my computer for a long time in order to not see the message. Now when I close my computer it starts to check (spin up/down) hdd and dvd-drives constantly and making weird sounds. I cannot even get to bios opening beep sound. I wanted the isolate the problem removing the rams one by one, agp card and dvd drives and hdd. Only when I remove the hdd it gets to bios screen with a beep.
But i cannot say that my hdd is died because if i get dvd and cd drive disconnected very rarely i can get to bios with the dram timings message.
I plan to build a new computer however use this one for spare or give to my wife. Although I have been using pc for years I have never came across to this type of problem.
I have found this thread which I think is closer to my problem. So which can be the closest problem so I will start to replace from that one. Power supply, hdd or motherboard.
During my search in google I came across the “dram timings” message with people usually having the same motherboard. However now, I cannot even see that message because hdd and drives are just trying yo spinup/down
Thank you in advance for the comments