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Old 06-07-2011, 09:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Memory Upgrade - eMachines W3506

I know this is an ancient system, but I've been using it for a file server for a couple of years now and want to add more memory to it.

It currently has 512mb of pc4200 ram in a single stick. According to eMachines' site, the motherboard should be able to support up to 2gb of ram using 2 sticks. So, being the cheap miser that I am, I looked for some memory that would work and found that the cheapest wasn't pc4200, but rather pc5400. Fortunately, according to all the support forums, memory manufacturer websites, and wikipedia, ddr2 will simply run at the slower speed.

However, when my new memory arrived, I failed to get the computer to post. Since the computer still posted fine with the old memory (in either slot), and it failed to post with either stick (separate or together) with the new, I figured the ram was I sent it back. I just got my replacement ram with the same result: no post. Any thoughts on what I could do here?

Note: the motherboard is listed as an E210882, however that's worthless as the non-eMachines' version has four (dual-channel) memory slots available to it, whereas this one only has two (single-channel).

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I think that some board can only take one speed. In anotherwords, it can't clock it down. Might want to look at these 4200s. - CORSAIR 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model VS2GBKIT533D2

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Thank you. I'll try returning the ram to Newegg (for the second time) and purchasing the slower ram instead.
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