New Memory don't work

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I wanted to add more RAM in my PC. Presently it has (2) Kingston KVR800D2K2/2GR PC6400 in slots B2 and A2, and (1) Kingston KVR800D2N5/1G which were working fine. I wanted to replace the old memory cards with (2) 2 Gig memory cards which will give me 4 Gigs. Frys Electronics did not have the Kingston brand so in order not to mix brands I decided to get a Patriot PSD24G800KH (2x2 Gb) Kit. It did not work. I tried it three times. I put the old cards back in and the PC worked but when I replaced the Kingston cards with the Patriot, it did not work. The monitor would not even come on. It's possible that the Patriot cards were defective but that's highly improbable. I checked my connections and follow instructions from the User Manual but no joy. I have fifteen days to return the Patriot cards but before I do that I'd like you guys' opinion.
 

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Memory timings in BIOS may help you. Timings should be printed on the sticks.
The slowest need to go in the first slots as the timing for all need to be set by the slowest.
 

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I removed the all the Kingston sticks and installed the two 2 Gig Patriot sticks. Tried it with using Channel A configuration and then the Channel B configuration, both did not work. Instead I re-installed the Kingston memory sticks (2) 512M and (1) 1 Gig. I also purchased a (2) Gig Kingston stick from a different vendor. That worked. I'm returning the (2) Patriot sticks back to Frys Electronics. It's either the Patriot sticks were defective (highly unlikely) or they sold me the wrong type stick.
 

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Just wanted to note that not all memory (even if the correct type) works with all motherboards. All motherboard manufacturers publish a list of known working RAM brands/types. And there are often BIOS updates to add RAM support.
 
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