New RAM Problem

July 3, 2009 at 11:02:21
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition SP2

I recently discovered that my 1GB RAM had errors after running a Memory Diagnostic Tool.
The RAM my computer takes is DDR PC3200 DDR400.

I decided to buy a new 1gb stick of RAM as the current defective RAM caused corrupt downloads and system instability.

I bought a new stick of Transcend 1GB PC-3200 DDR400 RAM but I managed to get into a few problems.

I removed the old RAM module and placed the new module into one of the two free slots however when I switched on the PC the sound of the fan was louder than usual as it was spinning faster and I heard a long beep followed by a short pause. This continued so I switched off the PC and put my old RAM back in. With my old RAM the system booted into Windows normally.

I then decided to clear the cmos and then try the new RAM once again. I resetted the cmos by switching the jumper on the motherboard. With the new RAM in, I then started the PC again and just as before the sound of the fan was louder than usual and was spinning faster, however the system booted into windows and I ran a memory diagnostic tool which showed me no errors at all. I tested some downloads and no downloads were coming out corrupt.

I was then hoping that once I restart the system the annoying louder than usual sound of the fan will go back to normal as the RAM was working perfectly however when I did restart the system started its annoying beeping once again.

The same happens with both my RAM slots. I manage to get one use from the new RAM only after I clear the cmos each time until its next restart. And when it does work with it's "one use" it is always with the louder than usual sound of the fan.

I am completely confused and do not know how to get the RAM to work at all! What I do know is that the RAM is compatible and is not defective however it still is reluctant to work properly.

Could someone please suggest any solutions to this annoying problem?

Thank you very much.

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July 3, 2009 at 11:26:28
Assuming there is no problem with the RAM, and if it tested fine that's a safe assumption, than next thing I would do is check your BIOS version, and your motherboard manufacturer to see if there is a BIOS update. As new RAM comes out, sometimes compatability issues are discovered and fixed. Sometimes these are easy, sometimes they are not, but it might be your fix.

Good luck!


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July 3, 2009 at 13:32:21
Thanks for your reply.

I updated the BIOS but that did not help at all. Can someone please suggest another way of fixing this.


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July 3, 2009 at 13:53:48
You didn't give any info on your computer but most modern systems have various ways to keep the sounds down and use less power.

AMD has cool and Quiet and Intel has something similar.

Your BIOS settings are now at default values. The default for your computer may be to turn off the features I mentioned above. Boot into the BIOS and look for something like I described.

If the processor is running faster then the cooling fan needs to run faster too.

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July 3, 2009 at 14:12:11
My computer is a Philips Freeline MT2100, Pentium 4, 3.2GHz,
The motherboard is 'ECS 661FX-M7'

Can memory voltage settings be the problem? If so how do I go about changing them.


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July 3, 2009 at 14:40:00
After you cleared CMOS, did you immediately enter the BISO setup menu & correct ALL the settings again?

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July 3, 2009 at 14:45:21
The default setting for RAM voltage is usually Auto, which causes the BIOS to read the module for the proper settings. Most times that works, unless you have RAM with different voltage requirement installed.

At any rate, that wouldn't make the fan run faster.

You make have disturbed the heatsink, which is what the CPU fan is attached to, when fitting the RAM. If that is the case the CPU may be overheating because the bond between the thermal paste/pad has been broken.

Boot into the BIOS and look for a screen called PC Health. If you have a screen like that just leave the computer on with that screen open. Observe the processor (CPU) temperature. Once it stops rising post that temperature here.

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July 3, 2009 at 15:21:09
After I cleared the CMOS i didn't enter the bios setup menu as I don't really know what settings to change in there.

I checked the CPU temp in PC Health and it was 66°C but this is with my old RAM in.

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July 3, 2009 at 15:32:28
Which Transcend 1gb SDRAM DIMM did you get

1. TS128MLD64V4J

2. TS128MLD72V4J

#1 is non-ECC which should run fine on your MOBO

#2 is Registered ECC and may cause problems.

Your MOBO,

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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