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Is ECC/Parity Error Checking Necessary

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December 31, 2001 7:31:02 PM

Yeah... I am (hopefully) buying an Athlon 1600 XP with an undecided motherboard. I currently have 100 Mhz SDRAM, so I obviously need to upgrade.

I was going to get some DDR Ram (most likely 2100). I was wondering if ECC or Parity would be necessary.

Thanks in advance for your help.
December 31, 2001 8:02:15 PM

ECC RAM is mainly used with server systems for extra data integrity at the cost of a little speed. For most home based users, its not needed. Its more expensive too.

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December 31, 2001 8:42:16 PM

The biggest problem with computers is, as a tool, they are piles of crap. Back in my days in automotive, we wouldn't have stood for an air ratchet that acts up as often as a PC does.
So when someone says "not necessary for home use", does that imply that the home user doesn't deserve an opportunity to add a little quality to a pile of crap ? Or are they just parroting something that some other parrot parroted in an earlier topic ? (There ARE a lot a parrots around here).
When I started migrating the developers in my company to ECC, complaints of lockups started dropping noticably. You should gladly spend a FEW extra bucks for that, especially if you're running your Grandma's operating system (95/98/ME).

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January 1, 2002 1:30:17 AM

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Or are they just parroting something that some other parrot parroted in an earlier topic ?

I take it you gathered all you're knowledge by trying without reading , asking, or confering with others?

Come on!

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January 2, 2002 4:06:19 PM

My contention is that many spout off based on the spoutings of others who have spouted off before, as opposed to real-world experience. I did not bad mouth the question asker. On the contrary, asking questions is always admirable.
Providing answers based on heresay is not.
My apologies for not conveying that point effectively.

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January 2, 2002 5:39:41 PM

ecc most of the time it will not work in desktops
January 4, 2002 2:17:48 AM

So you're telling me ECC can help stop some lockups in Win98? Wow now that is new!
I'd hope it's true cuz indeed it would be worth it.

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January 5, 2002 2:48:12 AM

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opposed to real-world experience

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Providing answers based on heresay is not

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complaints of lockups started dropping noticably. You should gladly spend a FEW extra bucks for that, especially if you're running your Grandma's operating system (95/98/ME).


Personally, I rarely get a lock and have had (mentioned this somewhere else) as many BSODs as I have thumbs, using W98SE in three years. Now I'm very gratified to be conversing with someone with a firm grasp of English, but no amount of big words change my opinion. I trust a man of your metal can understand.

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January 6, 2002 12:30:34 AM

Being thick as a brick, I can't tell if I've been insulted or not........



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