XP Ram Upgrade trouble

March 3, 2009 at 16:50:10
Specs: Windows XP
so recently I restored my old computer so I coud use it in my room. It has Windows XP Pro as an OS and had 512mb of Ram. I decided to up the 512 to 2GB recently, so i bought two PC2100 DDR 1GB sticks and installed them. Everything works fine to start, XP boots up and recognizes the 2042 mb of memory but around two minutes after its booted up I get lots of messages saying all these different types of programs have stopped working properly and asks to send error report and all that. Then it becomes completely locked up. I looked into it being a motherboard issue but it does say it supports 2GB of ram and the same type I installed. Mobo is the following:

http://www.intel.com/design/motherb...

any help would be greatly appreciated!


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#1
March 3, 2009 at 17:07:59
The RAM you have is probably faulty. Use one at a time and see if the problems persist.

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#2
March 3, 2009 at 17:18:04
Its a Pentium 4, 2.44 ghz i believe. I remember reading that the motherboard would only work with 2100, or does this just mean a minimum of 2100?

Also, i noticed the ram slot on the mobo says 2.5v and the ram sticks say 2.6, will this cause a problem?

Thanks again


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#3
March 3, 2009 at 17:21:41
I read the page you linked to again, and it specifically says that it needs PC2100 RAM. I edited out my comment. Sorry about that, I just thought that motherboards with a system bus of 400MHz needs memory that runs at the same speed.

"Also, i noticed the ram slot on the mobo says 2.5v and the ram sticks say 2.6, will this cause a problem?"

Definitely. Some BIOSes though, allow you to specify the voltage manually. Since there are many BIOS layouts, I couldn't tell you where it might be, if at all, in your BIOS.

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#4
March 3, 2009 at 17:25:23
okay thanks for all your help, would the voltage problemmost likely be whats causeing the crashing? If it is how would one go about using these "BIOSes"?

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#5
March 3, 2009 at 17:30:30
Yes the voltage definitely can cause these symptoms.

To get to your BIOS, restart your computer and repeatedly tap the DEL/Delete key. A menu should appear. If it doesn't, reboot and try F1, F2 or F3. When the menu comes up, browse around by using the arrow and enter keys. Press ESC to return to the previous screen.

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#6
March 3, 2009 at 17:34:14
thanks Rayburn, i'll try what you suggested tonight and if I cant figure it out I guess i'll go and buy some 2.5v sticks.

thanks for the help.


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#7
March 3, 2009 at 17:38:55
One more tip, the key for the BIOS is F2 according to the motherboard's manual. I can't guarantee that you will be able to find the RAM voltage setting in there, if you did, it would be under Advanced>Chipset Configuration. Your particular motherboard doesn't appear to have the RAM voltage setting according to the owner's manual.

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#8
March 3, 2009 at 19:29:45
"it specifically says that it needs PC2100 RAM. I edited out my comment. Sorry about that, I just thought that motherboards with a system bus of 400MHz needs memory that runs at the same speed"

Don't confuse FSB with frequency. The CPU runs at 100MHz, PC2100 runs at 133MHz (266MHz DDR). That puts the ratio at 3:4, which is exactly what you want for a 400MHz FSB P4.

"would the voltage problemmost likely be whats causeing the crashing?"

It's a possibility but not a sure thing. Did you check the BIOS to see if there's a RAM voltage setting? Before buying more RAM, test what you have using memtest86. You should ALWAYS do that anyway. Test each stick individually..if they check out OK, test then together. If you encounter errors (& there's no voltage adjustment), see if you can lower the RAM speed to 200MHz DDR, then test again.

http://www.memtest86.com/download.html


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#9
March 4, 2009 at 11:38:40
I checked my systems BIOS and theres no option to increase the voltage from 2.5 to 2.6. I'll try memtest86 but I'll probably just go and buy 2.5v ram

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#10
March 30, 2009 at 17:18:24
I believe the computer memory you installed in the machine is bad, if you had installed too much memory, the window would not lock up, the only thing that would happen is that the machine would not recognize the extra memory. But try to find out the max memory that your machine can handle. Or just install one of the 1GB and see what happens. Check to see if you have to install in kits or single modules.
You can find more info about computer memory RAM at http://www.houseofmemory.com.

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