View Full Version : Computer Geeks Help ( Mismatched Ram)
March-14th-2005, 09:30 PM
I just realized I have mismatched ram strips in my 2nd gaming computer......
Once a day the system randomly turns off and the computer guy I was talking to a month ago said it could be bad ram causing it.....
Here's what I have....
Mhz : 266
Is this combo going to hurt my computer?
If so what should I match up to make them compatible......
March-15th-2005, 07:25 AM
I was always told it was not good to do that. It really doesnt matter what the brand name is as long as you have the same type.
I always buy ram in 2's. If I'm gonna upgrade I do it all the way. If the MB can't handle it then I get a new MB
If your going to keep 1 of the ram sticks you already have get another
March-15th-2005, 07:42 AM
NEVER DO THAT!!!...ram from the same company isn't exactly the same. its not recommended to use different companies for ram let alone different speeds. i'm sure that's what causing your errors.
i would take out the slower ram ASAP b/c i've heard mismatched ram can cause irrepairable damage.
March-15th-2005, 08:20 AM
These guys are correct.. mismatch memory is a no no for
[qoute]Obtaining the right computer memory for your computer system is even more important than having enough memory. Cheap generic computer memory may not be stable (resulting in operating system crashes or in unusual behavior that may be difficult to diagnose, thereby costing you both time and money), while incorrect or mismatched RAM can create significant performance problems and may even result in hardware damage or irreparable harm to the computer memory itself.[/quote]
Use this link I found to give you a better idea.. also they have a tool to find the right match for your pc..
March-15th-2005, 08:55 AM
hmm, crap, i just bought some new ram too, a PNY 512 mb pc2100/266 one. Im not sure what my old one was, but it was ddr memory, and 256 mb. I heard that as long as you dont overload your memory, you should be fine, but im not sure, either way, my programs have been working a lot better, and I thought if i was getting by on 256, 768 will be hard to fill, though I may be wrong. Either way, maybe ill try and replace my other one eventually.
March-15th-2005, 11:20 AM
If you want to go with good brand name mem, go with Kingston or Samsung.
Sweet Sassy Molassy
March-15th-2005, 11:50 AM
Crucial.com is another good place to go for RAM.
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