Crashing after having more RAM installed

Discussion in 'Gateway' started by Theowne, Jan 1, 2007.

  1. Theowne

    Theowne Guest

    Before I go into my problem, I'm somewhat computer literate but I'm
    completely uncomfortable with doing anything hardware related myself
    cause I tend to screw it up.

    So what happens is that I recently went to a shop and they installed
    an extra Kingston 2x512 into my Gateway computer. My computer has an
    AMD X2 3800. Anyways, so now my total was 2gb of memory, however
    after I got back, my computer crashes. A lot. I notice that it
    crashes a lot when I have more then one thing open, although sometimes
    it crashes when I don't. The reason I upgraded to 2gb was because I
    wanted more RAM for my music software - of course, now my music
    programs are useless because they keep crashing themselves or else the
    computer crashes.

    Anyways, when i say crash, basically what happens is that the screen
    goes blank and reboots, with the Windows message "recovered from
    serious error". Other then that it's what would happen if I
    normally rebooted. Sometimes before the actual crash for a second or
    two the sound will suddenly start repeating, kind of like on a broken
    CD or something.

    Anyways, I tried to get the computer shop to help me out since it was
    only after the RAM install that my computer started crashing. I
    verified that it wasn't a case of bad RAM (I booted both the memtest
    and Windows diagnostic, and they both passed the actual RAM itself).
    The computer guys won't accept that it's a problem with the RAM, they
    think I just got a virus and am too stupid to know it. I tried system
    restore anyways, since no harm could come from it and of course the
    crashing still persists.

    I know it is in some way connected to the RAM because it only
    exchibits this behaviour after having the RAM installed.

    Any ideas?
    Theowne, Jan 1, 2007
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  2. Theowne

    mdp Guest

    Can you put the new RAM into the old slots (leave out the old RAM) and test
    the stability?
    mdp, Jan 1, 2007
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  3. Theowne

    Ben Myers Guest

    Download and run MEMTEST-86, the best memory diagnostic available and at the
    very best price, namely free. If MEMTEST-86 shows ANY errors at all with the
    new memory installed, there are only a few possibilities as to the cause:

    1. Defective memory
    2. Memory that does not meet specifications required by motherboard
    3. Incorrect installation of memory
    4. Defective motherboard

    Other things to do to isolate the cause:

    1. Check system specs on Gateway web site, especially placement of memory
    modules in sockets and detailed memory specifications
    2. Run MEMTEST-86 with only the new memory installed.

    .... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, Jan 1, 2007
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