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RAM downgraded

by Haisook / May 25, 2005 12:21 AM PDT

This has happened since I got my PC. At the bottom of the very first black screen (that tells the specs), it says "RAM downgraded from 333 to 266"

I've asked many guys about that, but haven't received any practical solutions. Any ideas?

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RAM downgraded
by jcrobso / May 25, 2005 12:38 AM PDT
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Note: If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. John

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A possibility
by Ray Harinec / May 25, 2005 12:53 AM PDT
In reply to: RAM downgraded

It is a message that your system had a "bad" shutdown, [could be almost anything not normal, not necessarily BAD]. Many mobos will automatically drop the memory bus / FSB to the lowest possible as a protective move. If the problem was just a single goofed shutdown, go into the BIOS and reset the memory bus to 333/166, whichever your BIOS calls it [or the FSB to 333]. It is stated differently in various BIOSes.

If you actually have DDR333 and it won't run at 333, possibly your BIOS has a Manual mode for setting the memory speed. If it does you can increase the Memory bus speed in one MHz increments. Work the manual setting a little at a time until you find the highest stable setting.

I had an ASUS mobo that wouldn't run PC133 at 133, but I could run it at 129 MHz.

One other thing, if you have spread spectrum enabled in the BIOS, disable it. that can give flaky memory a problem. In the ASUS, with spread spectrum enabled, best I could do was 118 MHz.

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I did but..
by Haisook / May 27, 2005 5:05 AM PDT
In reply to: A possibility

I've gone into the BIOS. But the options you told me about are unchangeable!!! They're in grey and I can't even choose them by UP and DOWN buttons.

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If you weren't angry with me
by Ray Harinec / May 27, 2005 7:41 AM PDT
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you could tell me what mobo you have, and I would download the manual and look if I could see how to go about it.

Have you checked to see that there were no jumpers on the mobo that sets the memory/or FSB limit. I know that PCChips, and some Soyo's have them.

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I'm not angry with you!
by Haisook / May 28, 2005 7:09 AM PDT

Actually I haven't bought this PC myself, so I don't know what the mobo model is. How can I know?

I'm noob, sorry Happy

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Here's a link
by Ray Harinec / May 28, 2005 8:43 AM PDT

Download Belarc or Aida, and run fom a floppy it will tell you everything about your computer. There are other such tools mentioned in these forums also.
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Could it be..
by Haisook / July 1, 2005 10:04 PM PDT
In reply to: Here's a link

due to insufficient electric power supply?

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Could be, but
by John Robie / July 2, 2005 4:24 AM PDT
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you have not given info on your PC like the ''Note'' in red indicates when you post a reply:

''Note: If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem.''

What power supply do you have now, is it around 130Watts?
It would be nice to have your specs in your profile (click on your name).

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Updated profile..
by Haisook / July 2, 2005 7:19 AM PDT
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- Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.4GHz
- 512Mb DDR RAM
- Power supply: 240 watts
- Geforce4 MX 420
- Creative SB Audigy 2
- ViewSonic E771 17" Monitor
- Creative 6.1 surround speakers

Power supply is 240 watts

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Thanks for the PC info and putting it
by John Robie / July 2, 2005 1:18 PM PDT
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in your profile.

Everything looks OK, however the Power Supply is a little low although furnished that way on some PC, and can give problems with black screen comments when it gets up in age/usage reducing the power further. Also, the PS will strain when you add more components to what originally came with the PC.

I just installed this $36 420W Thermaltake PSU in one of my computer last night. The old 300W was not giving any problems, but plan on upgrading the video card, and already added an extra HD, DVD burner which will tax the 300W, so I'll be testing this 420W....Yea..some will say you shouldn't get a low dollar PS, but what the H, Ozos mentioned this one the other day, and besides there are 297 testimonials reviews. Grin


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Forgot to say..
by Haisook / July 2, 2005 6:17 PM PDT

that I'm already connecting 2x Seagate 80Gb HDDs.. should I upgrade to 300 w or to 420 w? I'm planning to buy a Geforce 6600gt soon, by the way.

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(NT) (NT) But of course, IMO upgrade to 420 W +
by John Robie / July 3, 2005 11:35 AM PDT
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Sorry about being late..
by Haisook / August 6, 2005 11:18 AM PDT
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