February 15th, 2003, 01:29 AM
Samsung 256MB PC3200 RAM PROBLEMS!!
Ok, I bought a new computer (in parts, for me to build) with the following components: Athlon XP 2600+ (333); Abit NF7 (Nforce2); ATI Radeon 9700 Pro; (2) DDR PC3200 256MB Samsung; CreativeLabs Audigy Platinum; 400W Power Supply, a 3com eithernet card, 48X cd burner, and a 16x dvd drive. The machine is running windows xp pro. Well, I had the computer all built, but i was plagued by instability and memory errors, so I began to think that i probably had some faulty ram. I downloaded a ram testing program and to my suprise, it passed. Even so, i still had the problems, so i decided to test the ram on another computer that i knew was working. When i ran the system with only one stick on the motherboard, everything worked fine, when i ran them together, the computer wouldnt even boot up! I tried swaping one of the sticks with a different stick of ram, (not the samsung ones) so there was one samsung stick and one of the other kind, and it still wouldnt boot. Like I said though, it would work fine with one stick in. Im really confused, im guessing that there is some kind of fault with the ram, what do you guys think, anything will be appreciated, thanks!
February 15th, 2003, 02:43 AM
If you have not done so already,
Check the ABIT website for any BIOS updates dealing with memory modules...
February 15th, 2003, 03:13 AM
Yeah, i already tried that, im running the latest bios. Im probably going to pick up some corsair xms ram tomorrow anyways. Im guessing the ram is probably bad since it didnt work on more then one computer.
February 15th, 2003, 01:08 PM
Reducing the RAM's frequency in BIOS may help to stabilize things.
If not, then increase the RAM's voltage a notch in BIOS.
If neither works, then try different RAM or use PC2700.
April 12th, 2003, 11:41 PM
yeah, i just cleared up the instability situation my comp had. at frys, the tag for the mobo said that it supported PC3200/DDR400 so i got some of that RAM..but when i opened up the mobo manual, it said it unofficially supports DDR400 since at the time of production, DDR400 was really new and the company wasnt sure it would work with all brands or whatever..what was officially supported was PC2700/DDR333..the mobo worked with the RAM well in 80% of the time (everything except 3D benchmarking with 3Dmark03 and playing the more modern games)..so i replaced the RAM and my comp did not freeze since.
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