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Problems upgrading from 1GB to 2GB Ram.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Athropos, Jul 14, 2006.

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  1. Athropos

    Athropos Thread Starter

    Jul 14, 2006

    I recently bought a new 1GB stick of Ram for my desktop. Both the new and the old stick are the same brand (Samsung DDR400 mhz). However things don't work perfectly well. As I type this, I have both modules installed and there are no problems. The system recognises the extra memory both upon bootup and in the control pannel. However as soon as I start using an application that would require a larger load for the memory, everything crashes with a big static sound and even the light on my optical mouse shuts off. Both modules were tested individually.

    Did I miss something? Do I have to do something else to make the motherboard really work with the 2 sticks at once? The motherboard manual does not say anything about problems regarding 2GB of memory and apparently it's supported. I'll run a Memtest tonight, but in the meantime I'm really at a loss.

    Thanks everyone.

    Motherboard: http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWeb/Products/ProductsDetail.aspx?DetailID=455&MenuID=21&LanID=0
    Ram: : DDR400 PC 3200 SAMSUNG (K4H510438D-TCCC), 184 Pins

    Edit: Fixed the link.
  2. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    The link for the board does not work.
    You are correct to run memtest. In addition you might want to run prime95 as well.

    If there are any errors, then you have a problem. Post links to your board AND the memory you installed.
  3. Rich-M


    May 3, 2006
    Buying ram for speed and brand name means almost nothing and there is no real need to test your ram. Performance has told you it is not compatible, and in time it will get worse.
    The way to add ram is to checka site with a configurator: www.crucial.com,kingston.com or corsair,com and buy the model numbers they show you. Density, ecc factor and cas latency are the real determinations of what works with what.
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