aol no load after ram upgrade

September 30, 2009 at 15:51:00
Specs: Windows XP, 512mb (256x2)
I upgraded ram ddr 3200 from 512mb to 1 gig. Computer runs fine but aol welcome page wont load and web pages take a long time to load put old ram back in everything is fine tryed other brand of ram still same problem. Did everything aol suggested still no fix

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September 30, 2009 at 18:05:50
Almost impossible for me to believe there is anything in common.

I guess put the 1G back in and get a cd/floppy/dvd/usb with memtest and run it just to be sure the memory is good.

Also see bios settings. Might be that your ram is not correctly configured for timings and voltages. Reset bios settings to default or failsafe if you get all out of whack.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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September 30, 2009 at 18:56:48
thanks jefro for the reply. Do you by any chance have the bios setting for this problem.

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September 30, 2009 at 22:00:53
Dialup or broadband? Did you try uninstalling and reinstalling? If so, did you reinstall when the PC had the 1 gig installed?

Later versions of of AOL load a bunch of useless spam, spyware and virus protection software. Disable all that. This might apply:

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October 1, 2009 at 15:41:22
Normally on newer systems the bios will detect ram correctly. It may or may not in all cases. You look to the ram, it should have numbers that may have to be set in bios. Might be a selection to auto or detect or something like that.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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October 1, 2009 at 16:02:28
Ram that works in another mboard , or any ram you buy or have lying around, may not work properly, or sometimes, not at all - even if it physically fits and is the right overall type (e.g. SDram, DDR, DDR2, etc.; PCxxxx, xxx mhz) for your mboard. In the worst cases of incompatibilty your mboard WILL NOT BOOT all the way with it installed, and the mboard may not even beep - the ram has to be compatible with the mboard's main chipset, or in the case of recent mboards, compatible with the memory controller built into the cpu.
In cases of lesser incompatibilty, your ram will produce relatively small amounts of ram errors that can cause all sorts of minor problems, and you may not be aware of those errors until you run a memory test.

See response 5 in this for some info about ram compatibilty, and some places where you can find out what will work in your mboard for sure:
Correction to that:

Once you know which module ID strings work in your mboard, you can get them from anywhere you like that has ram with those ID strings.

If you have brand name ram, it is usually easy to look up whether it's ID string is in a list of compatible modules found by using your mboard or brand name system model number.
If the ram is generic, that may be difficult or impossible.

See response 2 in this - try cleaning the contacts on the ram modules, and making sure the modules are properly seated:

If you do a ram test, do that AFTER having tried cleaning the contacts and making sure the ram is seated properly - otherwise any errors found may be FALSE.
If the ram is incompatible with the chipset, it will likely FAIL a ram test - that is NOT a true indication of the ram being faulty - there is probably nothing wrong with it, and it will pass the test if installed in a mboard it is compatible with.

If you want to try a memory diagnostic utility that takes a lot less time to run a full pass than memtest86 does, this one is pretty good - Microsoft's
Windows Memory Diagnostic:
It can be toggled (press T) to do a standard or a more comprehensive set of tests - use the default 6 test one first - if it passes one pass of that, use the latter one. A few of the tests in the latter set are intentionally slower.
If you don't have a floppy drive, see the Quick Start Information at that Microsoft link for how to make a bootable CD of the Windows Memory Diagnostic (you need Windiag.iso - you don't necessarily need to use the program they mention to add it to the CD).

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