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#1 Banzai20

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 08:02 PM

Hi, recently I had decided to buy a new stick of RAM. It is a Patriot 512mb PC133 stick. When I went to put it in my computer it fit perfectly into the slot. I have 2 other 256 sticks. But I only have 2 slots ----l-------l---------. So I went to take one of those sticks out and I put the new stick of RAM into the slot. Everything seemed fine until I turned on my computer. When the computer boots everything goes works normal. But when the desktop screen is about to load the computer restarts. I turned the computer on and off and each time it restarted. I put the old stick back in and the computer started just fine. Is the stick I bought having some sort of conflict with the other stick of RAM? Or is it not compatible with my computer? Thanks for any help which can be provided. =-)

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 08:23 PM

Very possible. What is the make and model of your computer?
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Posted 10 November 2007 - 08:23 PM

well, I'd need the make and model number of all the ram.

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 08:30 PM

Very possible. What is the make and model of your computer?
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Well from what I see its Manufacturer-ECS Model-K7S5A 1.0

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 08:51 PM

In bios under advanced setup page, what are the timing setting mode and the sdr cas latency?

set cas for 3 not spd
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Posted 10 November 2007 - 09:37 PM

and what if the ram he's been using can't run at that?

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 10:40 PM

it's more than likely his original 256's are cas 2 pc133, his new 512 is probably value cas 3, the spd setting in bios is picking up the 256 setting and trying to run the cas 3 ram at cas 2

been there and done that "long ago and far away"

with all due respect this is perfectly obvious to those of us who have been doing this for a long time and understand the concepts of cas wait states
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Posted 10 November 2007 - 11:19 PM

I also know that not everyone knows all those details and if you overload with info they do not understand or know, they'll go into info overload.
I try to check all the hardware 1st before jumping to adjusting anything.

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 02:59 AM

well since the choices for pc133 sdr are either cas 2 or cas 3 then setting manually to cas 3 will test whether that is the problem causing the ram to be incompatible, now removing both 256's and just using the new 512 would be another test, the spd timing option should pick up the new ram and work

cas 2 ram will run at cas 3, but cas 3 ram will not run at cas 2

cas is wait states, 2 is good, 3 is lame

spd is that little chip on the corner that supplies the timings to the mobo
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