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Thread: Memory problems




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    Hello all,

    I am having problems running my memory at the speed which it is rated
    (400mhz), I have two 512mb sticks (elixir brand) when I use only one stick
    there is no problem but as soon as I install the other stick the system
    becomes very unstable and crashes as soon as I try to log onto windows. The
    only way that I can use both sticks together is if I underclock the speed to
    333mhz.
    I tried both sticks individually and they run at 400mhz no problems. I have
    also tried flashing the BIOS for my mother board but it made no difference.

    System spec
    AMDxp 2600 cpu
    Gigabyte GA-7N400L motherboard
    Nividia fx 5700 gfx
    2*elixir 400mhz ddr
    windows xp sp1

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    Two things to try first;

    1/Increase the voltage to the memory to 2.7-2.8v

    2/Relax the memory timings a bit

    Another thing that you cood try is the run memtest86+ to see what that reports about your memory sticks.

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    The Elixer brand is pretty mediocre stuff. I have used it in general office class machines. wayout44 may be right about the timings as I have found that that brand only seems to work well with the bios setting "by SPD" for the timings. I have also seen issues with trying to run it in a dual channel setup.

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    Bit of a newbie when it comes to stuff like this could you please explain what is meant by "relax the timings" and how do i go about doing this, i know that it is done in the BIOS.

    The problem occurs when i opt for SPD for timing as this sets the memory to its default 400mhz speed :cry:

    thanks for the input guys :)

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    How many slots does your motherboard have? They same thing was happening to my ram when i started off because i had the memory sticks in slot 1 and 2. when i changed it to slots two and three and left slot one vacant i had no problems. Maybe its the same with yours?

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    My motherboard ( http://www.giga-byte.com/MotherBoard...GA-7N400-L.htm ) has 4 memory slots and I can either have dual channel enabled or not. I have the meory in channels 1 & 2 at the mo and I have tried them in 3&4 but that makes no difference.

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    Try running it in Dual Channel and put in slots 1&3

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