New Memory Problem

  Sillo100 09:42 20 Nov 2004

I have a Mesh Computer with an Asus A7N8X motherboard and an AMD 2600 Athlon chip. It has one stick of 512mb PC2700 333MHZ memory and two other vacant memory slots. The problem is I have bought another stick of the same memory. Both of them work on their own in slot one. When I try any combination of the two the same thing happens. Memory check recognises both, Device Manager reports no problems. I have a memory availability program which recognises the extra memory and everything works fine. As soon as I start opening any programs the computer either a) freezes up b) I get a blue screen of death or c) it just reboots. If I go back to just one stick of memory everything works ok. Any ideas please.

  Dorsai 10:44 20 Nov 2004

What operating system are you running?

  Sillo100 11:07 20 Nov 2004

Windows XP Home SP1 only

  georgemac 11:20 20 Nov 2004

when you say you have bought another stick of the same memory - are you sure they are exactly the same because it sounds like they are not compatible with each other

click here and download everest home edition and find out exactly what the properties of each chip are (detected from the chip) especially speed, cas latency etc. Also manufacturer

  Sillo100 12:14 20 Nov 2004

thanks for that. Everest comes up with a warning that it cannot tell me about DMI. Si Soft Sandra says that I have 512mb SD Ram installed. The other stick says 512mb PC2700 DDR-MEM on it.

  georgemac 13:12 20 Nov 2004

in Everest click on the left + beside motherboard, then click on SPD below memory & see what is posted in the right hand pane

  Sillo100 13:36 20 Nov 2004

It says Dimm 2 NANYA M2U51264D58HB3G-6K DDR SDRAM PC2700 (166MHz) 64 BIT SSTL 2.5 512 MB 2 rows 4 banks It says some other stuff as well if that isnt enough.

  georgemac 15:54 20 Nov 2004

OK that gives you the properties of that dimm, now you need to click on the top pane & highlight the other dimm1 and see what it says about it's properties - then you will see if both sticks are identical

I just think you may have a compatibility problem between the 2 sticks, which unless they are identical is very often the case.

  Sillo100 16:18 20 Nov 2004

Thanks for the advice Georgemac. I didnt have the second stick installed but I have just done so and according to Everest it is exactly the same as the first. However so far (about 20 mins)everything is working fine. I will report back later.

  georgemac 16:43 20 Nov 2004

strange things computers!

  Sillo100 18:24 20 Nov 2004

As you say strange things. Its still working know after 2 hours so hopefully its ok know Thanks for the info on Everest it appears very useful.

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