I'm buying memory for a new computer. The motherboard supports ECC memory and I'd like to get ECC memory but I only have the money for 1 64 meg DIMM now. I read a thing that said "you need two ECC modules used together to perform the ECC function." Can I use 1 ECC Dimm by itself for now and still have it work without the ECC functions till I get another 64 Meg DIMM? Or will the system not function till I get 2?
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Edited text of question.
You probably was reading info for Simm chips or maybe you misunderstood when it said chipset (refering to the actual chips on the DIMM)
Parity checking provides single-bit error detection for the system memory, but does not handle multi-bit errors, and provides no way to correct memory errors. An advanced error detection and correction protocol was invented to go a step beyond simple parity checking.
Called ECC, which stands for error correcting circuits, error correcting code, or error correction code, this protocol not only detects both single-bit and multi-bit errors, it will actually correct single-bit errors on the fly, transparently. Like parity checking, ECC requires a setting in the BIOS program to be enabled.

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