Is there any difference between a MSI MS-6156VA and a MSI MS-6156?

Discussion in 'MSI' started by Doug Weller, Jul 23, 2005.

  1. Doug Weller

    Doug Weller Guest

    I want to increase the memory from 2x64mb to whatever I can --
    Crucial in the UK sells 128mb modules for the MSI MS-6156, will those work
    in our MSI MS-6156VA?

    Or is there something better? 2z128mb is better than we have, but not
    terribly exciting. Next summer, a new PC, but we want this to last
    another year.

    Doug Weller, Jul 23, 2005
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    Folk Guest

    Any bog standard 168 pin SDRAM module will work. I reckon the only
    difference between the two mobos is that the VA means it has a VIA
    chipset. The memory would be interchangeable between the two.
    Just make sure you match the memory speed to your FSB speed. If
    you're not sure, the best thing to do would be to purchase PC133 which
    should work for all FSB speeds. And get unbuffered, non-parity.

    Any of the 168 pin modules on this page that say unbuffered,
    non-parity will work:,+PC133

    And since there's no price difference between the CL2 and CL3 modules,
    go with the CL2 (slightly faster).
    Folk, Jul 25, 2005
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    Doug Weller Guest

    On Mon, 25 Jul 2005 11:48:12 -0400, in
    Thanks very much. Sorry I didn't reply earlier.
    I got 2 128mb memory modules from Crucial after running the Crucial scan.
    Both work. But not at the same time! With both in at the same time I get
    the beep pause beep. Take one out, no problem. Move it around, no problem,
    check to make sure both work, no problem. Finally leave one in, put back
    one of the old 65mb ones, no problem again!

    Doug Weller, Jul 31, 2005
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    Gollum Guest


    I had the same problem with a KT6 Delta mb. Wouldn't run 2 x 512
    matched Mushkin blue. Either one by itself fine, two together no go.
    Tried all the slot combinations, still no luck. Switched to Corsair
    value select 2 x 512, runs great! AND the Mushkin runs fine on a Soyo
    I know it's not much help, just my experience.

    Gollum, Aug 1, 2005
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    Doug Weller Guest

    On Mon, 01 Aug 2005 15:05:34 GMT, in
    still nice to know it happens to others. My problem is I don't know what
    other memory is compatible and that I can get in the UK!
    She'll just have to wait until she can get a new PC running Vista I think.

    Doug Weller, Aug 6, 2005
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    Michael Paul Guest

    You should try memory that is certified to be compatible with Intel
    BX-chipsets, although you are running the VIA version of that
    mainboard. This has something to do with the internal organisation of
    the module.
    BX-compatible RAM should work.
    Standards are created in order to be violated by the manufacturers;-)

    Michael Paul, Aug 9, 2005
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