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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ALANTHAME, Jan 2, 2006.

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  1. ALANTHAME

    ALANTHAME Thread Starter

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    hi
    can someone please help me
    ive got 128mb memory on my pc
    ive just installed another 256mb but ever since ive done this
    my pc crashes
    also when i restart i get ablack scren with message in corner
    saying 164mb memory error this screen last for a few secounds and then computer
    starts but will play up now and then any help???
     
  2. Rukee

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    sounds like the new memory is not compatible with either the motherboard or the other stick of memory. Will the new stick run on it`s own without the rig crashing when put in the slot the original RAM was in??
     
  3. ALANTHAME

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    yes the new stick works on its own
    ive took the one that came with computer out
    is it because one stick is 128mb and the other is 256mb
    do they have to be same mb
     
  4. Jo1lygrngian

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    It could be a number of things, that are making the new stick mess up with your existing one. For instance, a few years back, using SDRAM, the sticks needed to be the same, ie if your existing stick had chips on both sides, then the new one needed chips on both sides. Same goes for chips one sided.

    Also it could be the speed of the memory causing an issue here. (Assuming you have sdram) IE the old stick is pc100, your new stick is pc133. This also caused a few errors. On todays motherboards, this isnt too much of a issue, as if your new stick is faster then the old, it will reduce speed to be compatible with the existing stick.

    One thing i would do, is to crucial's website, enter the details of your pc, motherboard etc, and it will tell you exactly what memory sticks are fully compatible with the board, with both speed and memory size. Then check this against your new stick, to ensure all is well.

    If i can help any more, please don't hesitate to shout :)
     
  5. ALANTHAME

    ALANTHAME Thread Starter

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    im useing dimm sticks
    made by pny pc133
     
  6. Rukee

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    if they won`t run together then they are not compatible with each other. Run the biggest stick you have then.
    Always buy memory in matching sticks in a 'kit' to ensure they will work together in a dual channel system, I know that may not always be possible, but like in your case, you`d be better off to buy a 512mb kit, or even a value level 1gig kit and have less hassle in the long run, plus a faster machine too.
     
  7. ALANTHAME

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    ive been on crucial web site and it says i can go as far as768mb
     
  8. ALANTHAME

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    thank you for your help its nice to know
    the are people out there to help
     
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