| " How do I... get it working with both RAM modules installed? Works fine with one 2 gig stick in any slot. But when I add the second stick, it BS's and reboots."|
"pairing them up in the proper slots causes the BS and reboot after 10+ mins of operation"
There's a big difference between the computer restarting after a blue screen right away when you try to boot with the two modules installed, and restarting after 10+ minutes after a blue screen..
Disable Restart on system failure if you haven't already done so to see what it says on the blue screen.
RIGHT click on Computer, select Properties.
On the left, select Advanced System Settings.
Then click on the Settings button under Startup and Recovery settings.
If there is a checkmark in the box beside Automatically restart, click on the box to remove it, click on OK at the bottom of the Startup and Recovery window.
The next time the fatal error that causes the blue screen happens, the blue screen message will stay on the screen, the computer will not Restart.
Copy down the things that are unique in the message and post them here.
STOP: 0Xx00000xx (we don't need the stuff in brackets beside that)
There may be a problem file named at the end of the text.
There may be a link to More info or similar - if so, click on it to see if it names a problem file.
There may be a mention of a MINIDUMP file having been made - if so, copy down the name and location of it - you may need to click on a link to find that. That MINIDUMP file can be analyzed.
"Mishkin Silverline RAM, which is not on the approved list in the ASUS manual."
It's common for there to be not many modules listed in the manual.
If the ram manufacturer lists modules for your mboard model, they'll work fine
Now that you have supplied what I asked for in response 1...............
"Mushkin Silverline 2X2GB DDR3 1333MHz CL9 DIMM(PC3-10666 9-9-9-24 1.5V)"
Model: 996768 - 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666 9-9-9-24 Silverline
Speed Spec: PC3-10666
"ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3"
Mushkin's ram configurator does not list ram for your model:
Crucial ram for your exact model:
NOTE that some is 1.5v, some is 1.65v
Kingston ram for your exact model:
Model: M4A88TD - Search
yields a listing for
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 - Search
A module kit very similar to your Mushkin kit
Description: 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM (Kit of 2)
Detailed Specifications: Standard 256M X 64 Non-ECC 1333MHz 240-pin Unbuffered DIMM (DDR3, 1.5V, CL9, FBGA, Gold)
The SPDs are programmed to Jedec standard 1333mhz latency timing of
9-9-9 at 1.5v
Jedec standard 1.5v +/- 0.075v
Row Active Time (tRASMIN): 36ns(min.)
16 chips - 8 each side
How many chips on the Mushkin modules ?
Check the ram settings in your bios - the ram voltage, and the ram timing numbers - those should be the same as for the specs for the modules themselves.
If the voltage setting or timings settings in the bios are different from the specs for the ram, change them in the bios. The timing numbers must be as close as you can get to the same, or slower timings (higher numbers = slower) - you won't notice the difference the slower settings make.
If the voltage is set okay, you could try custom setting the timing numbers so they're a bit higher (slower).
NOTE that if you were to mix 1.5v and 1.65v modules, the +/- 0.075v tolerance of the Kingston modules is probably typical for DDR3 modules.
The 1.65v modules would probably NOT work if the bios did the default thing and set the ram voltage to the lowest voltage specified in all the SPD chips on the modules if the default "by SPD" or similar setting were used - 1.5v - and the only way you MIGHT get both to work is to custom set the voltage for the modules to use 1.575v
(1.5 + .075, 1.65 - .075 = 1.575)