Hi everyone. I recently bought 4 sticks of new 1 Gig Nanya PC2-4200 DDR2 RAM clocked at 533MHz (2 x 266MHz) to put into my old HP Desktop PC as I think at least one of the two sticks of 1 Gig Samsung PC2-4300 DDR2 RAM 533MHz (2 x 266MHz) is starting to go bad because of occasional inexplicable errors with DLL files and Windows Explorer closing on me. I've performed every scan imaginable on my computer and can't find anything wrong so it must be the RAM in my old PC is starting to go bad. Anyhow, I tried installing the 4 sticks of new RAM in my machine yesterday. When I went to boot up it wouldn't do so and gave me a BIOS beep code. I didn't even have video. I tried taking out the new RAM one stick at a time and every time I tried booting up same deal; no video and BIOS beep code. So, I put the old Samsung RAM back in and called the company I bought it from. They told me if I mailed it back to them they would replace it with 4 sticks of 1 Gig Micron PC2-4200 DDR2 RAM. I asked them if they had any Samsung PC2-4300 identical to what I have in my computer right now and they said they didn't. From what I understand PC2-4200 and PC2-4300 are the same thing its just the number comes out to 4259 or something like that and some companies round up while others round down. So, I was wondering if anybody could tell me why the new RAM didn't work for me. I mean, what are the odds that all four sticks of the new RAM are bad? And from what I read on the internet Nanya is up there as one of the best manufacturers of RAM right along with Samsung and Micron. If anybody has any ideas what the problem might have been I'd appreciate your input. Thanks in advance.
HP Paviliion a1630n Desktop PC
32-bit Windows XP Media Center with SP3
Dual Core AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.4GHz
2 Gigs of Samsung PC2-4300 DDR2 RAM clocked at 533MHz (2 x 266MHz)
ASUSTek NODUSM3 version 1.05 motherboard with a front-side bus speed of 2.0 GT/s
(~ 6.4 GB/s)
500GB Western Digital Harddrive