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Aug07

Bad Memory?!

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I’ve been having some problems with my computer for the past month. The main one being that I can’t seem to run it at full speed. I’ve only been able to run my Athlon XP 2500+ at 1400MHz instead of the 1833MHz it should be running. At first I thought there were might have been some problems with power in our new place. But that was just silly. It just didn’t make sense.

The only reason that was my first thought was that ever since I’ve made my system I haven’t had any random incompatbility problems. For more then one year my Asus A7V600-X has been working fine with the Athlon XP 2500+ and Kingston Hyper-X PC2700 at the full speed of 166 FSB/166 Memory. That however no longer seems to hold. Apperantly, nobody had bothered to tell my motherboard that Kingston RAM is incompatible with it.

I’ve spent most of the night trying out different BIOS settings after learning of this problem. Manually setting the Memory timings and FSB clocks in all different combinations. Nothing seems to work though. Even after moving the dimm modules to different slots and changing the settings all over again - nothing seems to be able to get both FSB and memmory clocks to the same 166.

I haven’t given up just yet. I still have to flash the my BIOS to the latest version but tonight was raining pretty bad and I didn’t want to risk having a power outage in the middle of the BIOS flash. There’s also getting some new memory, but thats a little too expensive for me right now. So I’ve gone the best road for now. I set the processor back to full speed and left the memory working at 133. So far the computer seems to be working fine, but I’ll have to wait until tomorow to see if the computer is still running by then.

August 7, 2005 11:28 PM Gadgets and Hardware

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