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My friends pc runs very slow with windows xp.
He is running a P3 500 with 64sdram pc100.
I tried upping the ram to 256sdram pc100 and the monitor stays in standby mode. Put the old stick in and works slowly. Exchanged the 256 thinking it may be faulty but still does the same.
Can anybody please help me.
Many thnx anyway

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Re: Help Please

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Kulkie,

Just guessing here as you didn't give us a lot of info...

I assume there are at least two slots for the RAM. Did you remove a single 64 Mb stick and replace it with a single 256 mb stick, or did you remove two 32 mb sticks and replace with a single 256?

Some machines require pairs of RAM and you may need to install two sticks for it to work correctly.

By the way, in my opinion, 256 mb is a bare minimum for Windows XP. I suggest more, IF the motherboard allows for it.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Re: Help Please

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there are three slots available. I replaced 1 64mb stick with 1 256mb stick.
It works if I go back to the 1 64mb stick.

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Kulkie, Try Two 128 MB Modules

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It's possible that the machine isn't configured to handle a single 256 stick. And since there are three slots, you might even try two 128 MB sticks in the #1 & #2 slots and place the 64 in the #3 slot. Try only the two 128 modules first.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Some older machines. . .

In reply to: Kulkie, Try Two 128 MB Modules

want the largest stick in the first slot. I had a
Compaq that went crazy until I put the largest stick in the first slot, and the next smaller stick in the second slot.

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Re: Help Please

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If he has the manual that came with the motherboard it should contain information about possible configurations of memory sticks. If he doesn't have the manual but knows the type, you might be able to find it for him on Internet (or post it here).

And go to www.memtest86.com to download a program that makes a bootable diskette (set the BIOS to boot from a: first or it won't work) that will run a memory test program. First try it with the 64 Mb, so you can see how it works. If that programs doesn't recognize the 256 Mb, Windows certainly won't.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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Re: Help Please

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kulkie,

Some older M/B's would only handle X amount of memory.

P3 500MHz CPU and 64MB PC100 is an old board.
Had a Compaq come thur the shop with this configuration that maxed out at 64MB meomory.

Not to rain on your parade,
Just passing along some thoughts

Bill

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