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RAM Brand Recommendations

by Citizen Kabuto / April 17, 2004 5:54 AM PDT

Hi guys,

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?

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Re:RAM Brand Recommendations
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 17, 2004 6:10 AM PDT

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 Add to this brew that many machines have out of date BIOS which could be a bug fix for this or other issues, no amount of "quality" will assure your issue will not occur.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 But the enduring issues of power supplies being overtaxed and out of date BIOS will make any vendor look bad.

Bob

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Re:Re:RAM Brand Recommendations
by Citizen Kabuto / April 18, 2004 5:16 AM PDT

My power supply is good and BIOS updated.

This only started happening when I exchanged the original 256MB stick with the 512MB one. Pretty much immediately. I know this is either a bad or an incompatible memory problem.

I suppose I'll just get a new stick and test it out for a while.

Thanks

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Re:RAM Brand Recommendations
by jconner / April 17, 2004 6:10 AM PDT

All problems have been with house brands. Crucial, Micron, Kingston have not been problematic. I also pay attention to the Mobo's website and what memories they have actually tested with the board.

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Re:Re:RAM Brand Recommendations
by Citizen Kabuto / April 18, 2004 5:18 AM PDT

So no bad feelings toward Crucial's memory then. That's all I was really asking... if Crucial Technologies is highly regarded around here.

Thanks

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