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Old 07-31-02, 03:27 PM   #1
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I doubled my RAM, now the computer crashes!

My computer came with 256MB PC133 SDRAM. I just bought a new 256MB chip, but it's a different brand. At the beginning of the boot it reads all 512MB, but by the time Win98 starts to load, it freezes, crashes, reboots, etc. It runs fine with either chip in but not both at the same time. I went into BIOS and changed my FSB to PC100 and it runs stable w/ 512MB, but my 1.4GHz reads as a 1.05GHz now.

Anything I can do?
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Old 07-31-02, 05:04 PM   #2
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you try different combination of mem slots? 1,3 or 1,2 or 2,3?
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Old 07-31-02, 05:13 PM   #3
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Also, try adjusting your RAM timing in the BIOS to be a bit slower. Could be that one of the two is a bit slow, and with the two together, it's just not quite cutting it.
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Old 07-31-02, 06:12 PM   #4
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If you are using Win98, adding the extra memory really isn't going to do much for you. You probably won't even notice a difference.
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Old 07-31-02, 06:24 PM   #5
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If you are using Win98, adding the extra memory really isn't going to do much for you. You probably won't even notice a difference.
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I believe he is right, I have 448mb ram on my win98SE system and it only uses 256 mb of ram. Later OSes like 2k and XP take advantage of more memory.

But more memory makes it easier to overclock.
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Old 07-31-02, 07:29 PM   #6
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Yep, 98 iirc only uses 256 max. You should really look into getting XP installed. It'll probably solve your problem too.
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Old 07-31-02, 08:31 PM   #7
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I had the same problem... I pretty much fixed it by buying a matching stick of RAM... Sorry, I guess that's not the answer you're looking for
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Old 07-31-02, 09:23 PM   #8
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I have 448mb ram on my win98SE system and it only uses 256 mb of ram. Later OSes like 2k and XP take advantage of more memory.
Uhh.... stratch that. I meant that win 2k and XP used memory more effectively. I checked my system monitoring and it was using 270 mb of 448 mb after heavy use and sevral running programs.

My suggestion is to try take the old stick out, and if it works, then buy another stick of the exact kind.

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Old 08-01-02, 01:41 AM   #9
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win 98se uses up to 512 MB.


I agree with a couple of the suggestions given.

One check the cas settings to cas 3 from cas 2 or auto.

also try moving the dimms around- although I doubt this is the problem since it would not have been solved by lowering the FSB.

what brand ram did you get?

what was it? pc133 cas 2, cas 3?
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Old 08-01-02, 07:51 AM   #10
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I have a similar problem. My Win2k machine crashes frequently when I have both 256MB DDR modules installed. In fact, 3DMark can't get past the second test. When I removed one of the modules, everything seemed to clear up including 3DMark which now completes all tests with no problems.

The RAM modules match, so the only thing I've thought of so far is I was pushing the limits of my power supply with both installed.

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Old 08-01-02, 10:27 AM   #11
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I had already tried checking if it was slot related, but it made no difference w/ 256 or 512 in any combo. I didn't check the cas number when I bought it 'cause I didn't realize it mattered. I'll see if I can change the cas setting though.

How do I change the RAM timing in BIOS or what does the setting read as?
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