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Issue with RAM Memory crashing system

Recently, a friend gave me some old RAM. It fit into the RAM slot and was inserted properly. However, when I turned on my computer, it started up but the OS did not run. I've removed it but I'm curious as to what went wrong.
System Specs:
AMD Athlon II X4 635
4GB RAM
ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated
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  1. To answer that we would need to know what motherboard you have (including revision number if applicable) and also the exact model number of the ram modules you are using, how many of each.
  2. C12Friedman said:
    To answer that we would need to know what motherboard you have (including revision number if applicable) and also the exact model number of the ram modules you are using, how many of each.


    Motherboard:FOXCONN 2AB1
    Current Modules:Elpida 1333MHz(2x2GB)
    Install Modules: Unknown Manufacturer, Unknown Speed (2x4GB)
  3. old ram=working
    New ram=not working
    Conclusion:...
    Your new old ram might not be supported by the mobo though
  4. With unknown ram modules, there's no way to tell exactly what is the issue. The problems here could be speed, timings, or voltage (or a combination of the three). It may also be that the unknown ram doesn't like your current ram (or vice versa). You could try running with just the unknown sticks, that might work.
  5. I questioned my friend about this and he said that the RAM might have been burned out. However, if RAM is burned out can it effect your system still?
  6. Best answer
    If the ram is bad, it can cause all kinds of issues, it shouldn't hurt anything to try different combinations to see if one might work but if it is believed the ram is bad, it probably is.
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