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RAM vs. Sleep mode

by halo.light / January 29, 2009 12:20 PM PST

I have an issue with my motherboard. If I install any new RAM other than what I used when I built my computer I can't use sleep mode. The reason why, is that when I try waking my computer up, my processor idles at 50% and windows becomes EXTREMELY unstable and I have to shut down. I have none of these issues when I boot up and my computer passes all stability tests. So there is something wrong with the motherboard somewhere. So my question is, should I install the new RAM and never use sleep mode, or keep my current RAM and be able to use sleep mode? And I don't want to rma the motherboard because if I am going to go through that hassle I will just buy a new, better motherboard.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 29, 2009 1:55 PM PST
In reply to: RAM vs. Sleep mode

It's just one of many bugs with lots of ram and various versions of Windows. You didn't supply any detail so here's just one of the dozen or so articles about this ->

Remember I have no details to work with. But it is a known problem with many versions of Windows.

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by halo.light / January 29, 2009 9:38 PM PST
In reply to: Yup.

I have an Asus M3A motherboard, the memory that works is G.Skill DDR2 800 mhz 2x1GB and I am trying to install Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800mhz 2x2GB. And I have Vista Home Premium 64bit.

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"it is a known problem with many versions of Windows."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 29, 2009 10:04 PM PST
In reply to: specs

Microsoft seems to leave us with such bugs. They tend to fix them when a computer maker like Dell wants to sell a box with Windows and the engineers get to work to find and patch the bug.

Sorry but did you go looking in the KB (knowledge base) for your issue? I did it once just as an example and now it's your turn.

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