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Old 12-24-2005, 03:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Right now I have 1.0 GB of ram. I have 2 x 256 pc3200 and 2x 256 pc2700. I got a gig of ram for x-mas, pc3200, and I put the ram in, and my computer turns on and then it starts windows and right when it's supposed to go into the desktop it restarts. I also checked my motherboard on to see how much ram it can hande, and it said it can handle 4 GB. I also tried only putting in the pc3200's, took the 2700 out, but same result. Any ideas? Is the ram defective?

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This is my specs:

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Old 12-24-2005, 03:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I doubt it's dead, but it's always a bad idea to mix RAM brands and speeds. It's either that or your board dosn't support 2GB.

so, umm, err yeah
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What motherboard do you have?
Try just using 1 stick of 512MB in each dimm slot and try booting to windows. If all else fails with the DDR400, try clearing your CMOS and re-try what i've suggested.
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The RAM is 1 stick of 1GB. My motherboard is MSI (Micro Star) MS-7046.

System Specs:
240-pin DIMM Banking
4 (2 banks of 2)
Intel 915P
DDR SDRAM Frequencies
PC2700 and PC3200
Error Detection Support
Non-ECC only
Graphics Support
PCI Express x16
Max Unbuffered DDR2 SDRAM
Module Types Supported
Unbuffered only
Supported DRAM Types
USB Support
2.x Compliant
The information provided above is a standard setup as shipped from the manufacturer. You can see your current configuration with The Crucial System Scanner
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Any ideas?
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Old 12-24-2005, 04:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, if you think it's bad RAM, have you tried running memtest86?

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Old 12-25-2005, 12:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I bought another 512 stick into my ****ty mobo...
The one I had was PC 2700 and the one I bought was PC 3200,...
I had THE EXACT SAME problem,...I just switched the sticks around in their slots and then it worked...
That was my solution...Try that - Good Luck
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The ram might not be defective, it is either not accepted by windows or your computer. (That's why my brother uses OpenBSD and built his computer himself).
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Old 12-28-2005, 11:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I just sent the ram back through RMA, should get new ram in a little bit. Is the ram really compatible though? Through the crucial scanner it says it supports 4096mb, so that's not a problem. The scanner also said that it supports pc3200 and pc2700, both DDR333 and DDR400. Is there anything else that I should look into?

Motherboard: MSI (Micro Star) MS-7046

The ram that was bought:

Single 1024MB (1GB) DIMM
PC3200 400Mhz DDR Memory
Chip Configuration: 128x64
Chip Density: 128x4 (High Density)
Unbuffered, Non Ecc, Non Registered
High Speed
Double-Sided With 8 Chips Per Side
184 Gold-Plated Pins, SPD Support

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