Ram problem

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by failurbydesign, Jul 27, 2004.

  1. failurbydesign

    failurbydesign music MUSIC music Political User

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    My dad has just installed some ram on his computer and its dosent detect it and since he has put it in the computer acts all weird....he is going to update the bios from the intel website...but anything else he can do?
     
  2. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Sure it's the right type of ram?

    Was the computer all ready maxed out for what it could accept for ram?
     
  3. the_music_man

    the_music_man aka prodj88 =P

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    sometimes with xp if you have 2 diff types of RAM it doesn't boot. coudl you give us more details plz
     
  4. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    google memtest. its a great prog to diagnose.
     
  5. failurbydesign

    failurbydesign music MUSIC music Political User

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    he has a emachines t1150..two bars or 256 pc133...the computer boots buts he says its all wacky...all the ram is being used whne he has like outlook, ie, and acrobat open...its very sluggish he says...
     
  6. phishhead

    phishhead OSNN Senior Addict

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    can you put the new stick in only and see if it boots and burn it in to see if it crashes. but xp wouldnt be the issue most likely your mobo is being picky.
     
  7. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    Well you never said what OPS you have firstly.
    Probable causes, 1) Motherboard don't accept more than a certain amount of r.a.m.
    2)OPS don't support more than 500 mbytes of r.a.m. (though win updates may have a fix to sort that if you tell him to run win update, or check knowledge base).
    3)Motherboard especially award aka pheonix go manky after a period of time, my old socket 7 used to tell me it only sees 2 mbytes when I had 32 installed on win 95.
    4)Could need a bios upgrade.
    5)The r.a.m. may not be in the correct amounts per slot, like 5 slots with 64 in each rather than 256 +32, 128+128+64+128 etc.
    6)Swap file set incorrectly set.
    7)R.a.m might be faulty.
    8)Some applications need a heap of r.a.m. to open like the one you mentioned, just disable some plugins, I posted a few weeks ago a utility what does this for you.
    9)Internal hardware might be sucking up too much energy (Juice).
    10)Out-of-date drivers.
    OR A VIRUS IS SCREWING YOUR DAD'S SYSTEMS'S
     
  8. Bootsy

    Bootsy Huh?

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    well put Lee
     
  9. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Another option is if it's the wrong type of ram, ie, sdram vs. ddram
     
  10. Skwowwy

    Skwowwy 1337ness

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    That's unlikely, dreamliner77. SDRAM has fewer pins than DDR SDRAM, so you can't mix SDRAM with DDR SDRAM; either of them would simply not fit in the motherboard. :p
     
  11. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    I had a motherboard with 2 DDR and 2 SDRAM slots, however you couldnt use both types. Does your motherboard have this Sharpening_beneath?
     
  12. w00kiec00kie

    w00kiec00kie OSNN Addict

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    Some motherboards are incapable of using high density memory modules...
    That means the maximum memory module size is limited on those motherboards :(