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Need help with RAM

by sprayin99 / February 18, 2013 3:26 PM PST

So I'm playing around with this old boat anchor I had out in my garage and came across a problem I have never seen before. The unit is a HP Pavilion a1328x, has an ASUS P5RC-LA mobo, pentium 4 3.06 GHz, and the factory installed 512MB ddr2 pc4200 240 pin DIMM. Chipset is ATI Radeon Xpress 200 for Intel Processors, and bios is phenox-award.

Some back ground, this thing was bricked got it at a yard sale for 5 bucks a while back, ended up being the hard drive, so I purchased a 500Gig to replace the 80 factory jobber, installed, then loaded a fresh copy of xp professional sp3, everything worked. I went over to the HP site and re-downloaded and updated all drivers, now running version 3.08 in the bios. Everything works great. I decide I want to install more ram, go to crucial site enter info and got that I needed 2 x 1GB DDR2 PC5300 Un buffered, no ecc. I go to best buy and pick up som PNY ram in the correct configuration, put on my trusty ground strap and install.

Here is the problem:
Power it up and no bios no os, just constant steady beeping and a black screen, also the cooling fan for the cpu is turning a billion rpm like its overheating. I immediatly shut it off, discharge power, remove one of the two new sticks, restart, and same result... I remove the new ram and re-install the factory one, starts up no issue.

Also I tested the new ram on another junker I had lying around, was an old dell, the ram works on that one. I have never seen this before.

Any Ideas?

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Ram is ram......not
by Bob__B / February 18, 2013 9:02 PM PST
In reply to: Need help with RAM

Some machines get quite fussy about this stuff.

That's where Crucial is nice.......they do the homework.

Two sticks of ram at the same speed/type/voltage can be quite different in their innards.

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You pay your money and take your chances....with older PCs
by VAPCMD / February 19, 2013 7:01 AM PST
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it's usually better to use sources like Crucial. If you'd put PC4200 in it, it would probably have worked. But when you want to go faster and push it to the next (higher) level, it gets trickier. Sometimes it works and others it just doesn't. Crucial does it best to take the unwelcome surprise out of the picture as not all RAM is equal no matter how you slice it.

Option 1.... go back to Best Buy and get the PC4200 (2 @ 1GB) or
Option 2....order the 2 @1 GB kit (PC5300) from a vendor like Crucial

Let us know how it works out.


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