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Anonymous
April 3, 2005 3:31:11 PM

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Dear NG:
Windows XP SP2
P4 2.4
(2) 512MB DDR333 modules.
Added a third 512 MB DDR333 module and the system became very unstable.
Programs would close automatically.
Received various error messages depending on which program was open at the
time.
I tried two other RAM modules with the same results.
I vaguely remember reading about a registry hack to resolve the issue of
additional RAM
causing problems but I'll be dammed if I can remember where I read it.
I'd appreciate any help you can offer.

-Kevin

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Anonymous
April 3, 2005 4:23:03 PM

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Kevin wrote:
> Windows XP SP2
> P4 2.4
> (2) 512MB DDR333 modules.
>
> Added a third 512 MB DDR333 module and the system became very
> unstable. Programs would close automatically.
> Received various error messages depending on which program was open
> at the time.
>
> I tried two other RAM modules with the same results.
> I vaguely remember reading about a registry hack to resolve the issue
> of additional RAM causing problems but I'll be damned if I can remember
> where I read it.
> I'd appreciate any help you can offer.

More information would be useful.

- What is the make/model of the motherboard?
- If the "third" (newly purchased) module is removed completely - what are
the results?
- Any BIOS updates for your motherboard (we can help answer this with the
answer to the first question.)

--
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--
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getting into before you jump in with both feet.
Anonymous
April 3, 2005 8:30:28 PM

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Thanks Shenan

Motherboard is a VIA P4PB 400-FL
System is home built.
When the "third" module is removed the system returns to normal.
I've tried switching the modules from one slot to another, with no
improvement.
There IS a BIOS update for the MB but I have not installed it as it claims
to just add support for high capacity hard drives.
Perhaps I'll try updating the BIOS and I'll post the results.
Thanks again.
Kevin



"Shenan Stanley" <newshelper@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Kevin wrote:
>> Windows XP SP2
>> P4 2.4
>> (2) 512MB DDR333 modules.
>>
>> Added a third 512 MB DDR333 module and the system became very
>> unstable. Programs would close automatically.
>> Received various error messages depending on which program was open
>> at the time.
>>
>> I tried two other RAM modules with the same results.
>> I vaguely remember reading about a registry hack to resolve the issue
>> of additional RAM causing problems but I'll be damned if I can remember
>> where I read it.
>> I'd appreciate any help you can offer.
>
> More information would be useful.
>
> - What is the make/model of the motherboard?
> - If the "third" (newly purchased) module is removed completely - what are
> the results?
> - Any BIOS updates for your motherboard (we can help answer this with the
> answer to the first question.)
>
> --
> <- Shenan ->
> --
> The information is provided "as is", it is suggested you research for
> yourself before you take any advice - you are the one ultimately
> responsible for your actions/problems/solutions. Know what you are
> getting into before you jump in with both feet.
>
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Anonymous
April 3, 2005 8:30:29 PM

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Kevin wrote:
> Windows XP SP2
> P4 2.4
> (2) 512MB DDR333 modules.
>
> Added a third 512 MB DDR333 module and the system became very
> unstable. Programs would close automatically.
> Received various error messages depending on which program was open
> at the time.
>
> I tried two other RAM modules with the same results.
> I vaguely remember reading about a registry hack to resolve the
> issue of additional RAM causing problems but I'll be damned if I
> can remember where I read it.
> I'd appreciate any help you can offer.

Shenan Stanley wrote:
> More information would be useful.
>
> - What is the make/model of the motherboard?
> - If the "third" (newly purchased) module is removed completely -
> what are the results?
> - Any BIOS updates for your motherboard (we can help answer this
> with the answer to the first question.)

Kevin wrote:
> Motherboard is a VIA P4PB 400-FL
> System is home built.
> When the "third" module is removed the system returns to normal.
> I've tried switching the modules from one slot to another, with no
> improvement.
> There IS a BIOS update for the MB but I have not installed it as it
> claims to just add support for high capacity hard drives.
> Perhaps I'll try updating the BIOS and I'll post the results.

Looking at www.crucial.com for your motherboard:
http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.asp?Mfr%2BProduc...

Did you choose compatable RAM?

Looking at the manual for your motherboard found here):
http://www.viaembedded.com/product/Download.jsp?motherb...

It tells you what memory you can use as well - and what combinations are
allowed. Does the new memory stci MATCH the old memory? You may have to
put memory in two slots at a time.

--
<- Shenan ->
--
The information is provided "as is", it is suggested you research for
yourself before you take any advice - you are the one ultimately
responsible for your actions/problems/solutions. Know what you are
getting into before you jump in with both feet.
Anonymous
April 3, 2005 10:37:06 PM

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Shenan,

The new RAM is compatible with the existing RAM
Unfortunately the VIA website has a broken link to the MB's Specification
page.
The BIOS update appears to have smoothed out some of the issues.
If they resurface, I'm just going to remove the offending RAM and chalk it
up to experience.
Thanks again for your help
Kevin

"Shenan Stanley" <newshelper@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Kevin wrote:
>> Windows XP SP2
>> P4 2.4
>> (2) 512MB DDR333 modules.
>>
>> Added a third 512 MB DDR333 module and the system became very
>> unstable. Programs would close automatically.
>> Received various error messages depending on which program was open
>> at the time.
>>
>> I tried two other RAM modules with the same results.
>> I vaguely remember reading about a registry hack to resolve the
>> issue of additional RAM causing problems but I'll be damned if I
>> can remember where I read it.
>> I'd appreciate any help you can offer.
>
> Shenan Stanley wrote:
>> More information would be useful.
>>
>> - What is the make/model of the motherboard?
>> - If the "third" (newly purchased) module is removed completely -
>> what are the results?
>> - Any BIOS updates for your motherboard (we can help answer this
>> with the answer to the first question.)
>
> Kevin wrote:
>> Motherboard is a VIA P4PB 400-FL
>> System is home built.
>> When the "third" module is removed the system returns to normal.
>> I've tried switching the modules from one slot to another, with no
>> improvement.
>> There IS a BIOS update for the MB but I have not installed it as it
>> claims to just add support for high capacity hard drives.
>> Perhaps I'll try updating the BIOS and I'll post the results.
>
> Looking at www.crucial.com for your motherboard:
> http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.asp?Mfr%2BProduc...
>
> Did you choose compatable RAM?
>
> Looking at the manual for your motherboard found here):
> http://www.viaembedded.com/product/Download.jsp?motherb...
>
> It tells you what memory you can use as well - and what combinations are
> allowed. Does the new memory stci MATCH the old memory? You may have to
> put memory in two slots at a time.
>
> --
> <- Shenan ->
> --
> The information is provided "as is", it is suggested you research for
> yourself before you take any advice - you are the one ultimately
> responsible for your actions/problems/solutions. Know what you are
> getting into before you jump in with both feet.
>
April 4, 2005 3:42:26 AM

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"Kevin" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
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> Dear NG:
> Windows XP SP2
> P4 2.4
> (2) 512MB DDR333 modules.
> Added a third 512 MB DDR333 module and the system became very unstable.
> Programs would close automatically.
> Received various error messages depending on which program was open at the
> time.
> I tried two other RAM modules with the same results.
> I vaguely remember reading about a registry hack to resolve the issue of
> additional RAM
> causing problems but I'll be dammed if I can remember where I read it.
> I'd appreciate any help you can offer.
>
> -Kevin
Are you certain that you need not install added modules in pairs?
Jim
>
>
>
Anonymous
April 4, 2005 3:42:27 AM

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Jim
This particular MB has 3 DIMM slots. Pairing is not required.
Thanks
Kevin

"Jim" <j.n@nospam.com> wrote in message
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>
> "Kevin" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:eXf3YIGOFHA.244@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
>> Dear NG:
>> Windows XP SP2
>> P4 2.4
>> (2) 512MB DDR333 modules.
>> Added a third 512 MB DDR333 module and the system became very unstable.
>> Programs would close automatically.
>> Received various error messages depending on which program was open at
>> the
>> time.
>> I tried two other RAM modules with the same results.
>> I vaguely remember reading about a registry hack to resolve the issue of
>> additional RAM
>> causing problems but I'll be dammed if I can remember where I read it.
>> I'd appreciate any help you can offer.
>>
>> -Kevin
> Are you certain that you need not install added modules in pairs?
> Jim
>>
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
April 4, 2005 10:57:20 PM

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"Kevin" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote:

>Shenan,
>
>The new RAM is compatible with the existing RAM
>Unfortunately the VIA website has a broken link to the MB's Specification
>page.
>The BIOS update appears to have smoothed out some of the issues.
>If they resurface, I'm just going to remove the offending RAM and chalk it
>up to experience.
>Thanks again for your help
>Kevin
>

That is a fairly common occurrence with BIOS updates in my experience.
The motherboard/BIOS manufacturers often do not fully document all of
the changes/improvements that are included in the new BIOS version.


Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP
On-Line Help Computer Service
http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

In memory of a dear friend Alex Nichol MVP
http://aumha.org/alex.htm
April 5, 2005 12:41:39 AM

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Are all RAM modules same make / frequency / latency / number of chips ?
Having not all same RAM modules can result in problems.

"Kevin" <nospam@nospam.com> a écrit dans le message de news:
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> Jim
> This particular MB has 3 DIMM slots. Pairing is not required.
> Thanks
> Kevin
>
> "Jim" <j.n@nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:Cb%3e.1568$3z3.1337@newssvr12.news.prodigy.com...
>>
>> "Kevin" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
>> news:eXf3YIGOFHA.244@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
>>> Dear NG:
>>> Windows XP SP2
>>> P4 2.4
>>> (2) 512MB DDR333 modules.
>>> Added a third 512 MB DDR333 module and the system became very unstable.
>>> Programs would close automatically.
>>> Received various error messages depending on which program was open at
>>> the
>>> time.
>>> I tried two other RAM modules with the same results.
>>> I vaguely remember reading about a registry hack to resolve the issue of
>>> additional RAM
>>> causing problems but I'll be dammed if I can remember where I read it.
>>> I'd appreciate any help you can offer.
>>>
>>> -Kevin
>> Are you certain that you need not install added modules in pairs?
>> Jim
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
>
!