This is a treachorous area. There is no truly "generic" RAM and just because it plugs in, doesn't mean it will work in your machine. Add to this brew that many machines have out of date BIOS which could be a bug fix for this or other issues, no amount of "quality" will assure your issue will not occur.
Crucial and others are noted because their parts selector helps avoid getting an incompatible stick. But the enduring issues of power supplies being overtaxed and out of date BIOS will make any vendor look bad.
I'm wondering what brand(s) of RAM are considered to be of good quality.
I would normally buy from Crucial Technologies, but the last 512MB stick I bought has been rather weird. From time to time, when starting / rebooting the computer, it will detect less than the 512MB. It happened again today, when it detected only 114MB. I clicked on Ignore Changes and rebooted, after which it always comes back with the full 512MB. It's not really a problem, because all I have to do is reboot and have it count the RAM again, but it does happen once a month or a little more.
Is that "acceptable" behavior? I've never had this happen to me on any computer before.
So, anyway, what RAM manufacturers do you guys recommend here?