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November 4, 2010 2:04:27 PM

Hello guys !

I have 2x ram modules, and in one of my games that I play, it doesn't work good, and I crash. If I take it from my PC, the game works without problem. In other games, I don't experience any problems with this ram module.

So my question is, how can I disable this ram module, only when I play this game, without taking it out from PC?

Thank you :) 

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a c 347 } Memory
November 4, 2010 4:36:42 PM

No.

However, if you post both your RAM part-number and/or preferably the link(s) AND your MOBO then perhaps we can figure-out what's 'really' going wrong...

My assumptions are: 1. Mix-Matched RAM, 2. Incorrect DIMM Slots, or 3. Incompatible RAM for your MOBO.

In addition, you should check you RAM with Memtest86+; create a bootable CD/DVD use the ISO/zip file - http://www.memtest.org/

Good Luck! :) 

November 4, 2010 8:27:37 PM

Ah damn. I though it was a software or something :( 

It isn't any incompatible problem as I use the first ram since 5 years and the 2nd one since 3 years. It is a bit more complicated ...:p 

Anyway, thx for the info.

Btw, new question, so i won't make new thread:

I have WI XP SP3 and I heard you can use your usb flash memory to help your PC if you don't have enough ram (as something to load for the ram before or as virtual memory, don't know for sure).

Can I know how to do this?
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a c 347 } Memory
November 5, 2010 12:20:14 PM

Essentially you are moving you Page File from the slower HDD to the faster Flash Drive in XP.

Simple video - http://cnettv.cnet.com/8301-13415_53-10121584-11.html

My assumptions are: 1. Mix-Matched RAM -> "first ram since 5 years and the 2nd one since 3 years"

Good Luck! :) 
November 5, 2010 5:21:05 PM

I found this out: http://www.instructables.com/id/Use-your-USB-flash-driv...

Can you tell me why it substracts 7 mb?

Also, will Windows XP use first the virtual memory from HDD, and if the request of virtual memory, is higher than what I got on the HDD, it will use the USB flash drive?

An USB flash drive of 4 gig's, would be ok?

About the ram's: They work together since 3 years :p 

They were 256+512 (1st+2ndslot), Samsung + Kignmax

You think if I change their place, the 256 will work good?
a c 347 } Memory
November 5, 2010 6:11:29 PM

Using Vista or 7 is a little 'different' - ReadyBoost is ~ built-in. I don't understand the "7MB" inference, but there is a difference {loss} from formatting.

The reason, only reason, to use a 'Flash Drive' vs a HDD is because of the Read/Write speeds of the flash drive are much faster than a HDD and Flash Drives {same with SSD} do NOT fragment as such; R/W from the first Byte to the last Byte doesn't effect speed on solid state media.

Further, 'normally' Virtual Memory' works best Managed or ~ 1.5X Physical RAM.

RE: {256+512 (1st+2ndslot), Samsung + Kignmax} ; my assumption is the 256 is SS and the 512 is DS RAM which are know to cause problems.

Bottom-Line, Windows XP SP2/3 32-bit works best with 2GB of RAM, and 64-bit OS with 4GB minimally. If possible, I would recomend that you enter you MOBO info and find "MATCHING" 1GB DIMMs for your PC:
http://www.crucial.com/
1. Input your info manually <or>
2. Use the 'Scan My PC'

Good Luck - I hope this answers your questions! :) 
November 5, 2010 7:38:08 PM

Excuse me, it was 5 mb, not 7 (my bad). Yes, the R/W speed is much higher, that is why I want to use it :p 

So if I do the trick from the video you linked me, the PC will use only the USB flash memory as virtual memory? In this chase, normal virtual memory should stay at 1.5x Physical ram, in chase I will remove the USB in the future?

What if the USB is plugged out when I am using the PC?

This is my mobo: http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P4VM900-SAT...
This is the mobo that is similar to mine: http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?model=p4vm890

This is what Crucial says: http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=P4VM8...

I will tell tomorrow, based on what CPU-Z tells me, how the ram's are.
a c 347 } Memory
November 5, 2010 8:03:37 PM

If you unplug the USB then AFTER a reboot it will default back to the C:/ drive, and you'll need to repeat the procedure. Do NOT pull it out while the PC is running! {BSOD, Lock-up, etc}
November 9, 2010 1:47:06 PM

Alright, downloaded Ebooster + buyed a 4 gig transcend flash memory stick, and it works very good till now.

Here some pics of the speed tests I did with it:

http://oi55.tinypic.com/14xkms9.jpg
http://oi55.tinypic.com/k1v2vc.jpg

What you think, the speed is good?:p 

Btw, took pics of my ram modules:

http://oi51.tinypic.com/316xo4z.jpg
http://oi54.tinypic.com/ap3fa.jpg

No matter what I do, the 256 one isn't working well in a game or 2 that uses ram much or so I think.
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