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Just added 128mb to current 256mb memory. Now the computer will randomly freeze, with no option other than to reset.
Im running win98SE and believe it has problems with memory over 512mb, but im only running 384mb.

MY system resources are normally around 65% free.

Does the position of the sticks affect i.e. 128 in the left slot etc?

System specs:
1.4G amd athlon
Elite k7s5a mobo
40g quantam HDD

The memory is recognised during POST screen and i ran a program 'memory doctor' that showed no errors with the memory.
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Ryan Rowley earned 200 total points
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How many sdram cards and what are the sizes.
ie 3X128, 1X128 and 1X256

Try to reverse the order of the chips.
I assume that the original memory had no problems.

Try the new memory all alone.

Make sure that the cards are seated well.

It's possible that one of your sdrams is not performing well. Most likely the new one.

If you can narrow the problem down to just one sdram, then your problem can be solved by replacing the one sdram.

If no errors occur with the single sdrams all alone, then
the problem may be incompatible sdram mixing or your sdram slots.

There may also be non-sdram related problems that are just being revealed with the extra ram.

Test each individual sdram 1st.

What are the specification and manufacturer of your ram.
Are they PC100, PC133, Mixed Manufacturers? and so on.

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On order I place the largest and fastest 1st.
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From reading about your board, you are definately no where near your boards limit, your board should support up to 1GB of DDR SDRAM or SDRAM
   
>>Support for Two 184-pin DDR DIMMs and two 168-pin DIMMs  

The only things that I could think of, are either, the RAM is slightly defective, or not securely seated, and hence causing problems... have you tried a bank switch??

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got one stick of 256mb & one of 128mb both pc133. I think the 256 s made by hyundai & the 128 by NEC.

I was having problems before with the reinstalling windows after formating and thouht it was a memory problem so i bought another stick. During the delay of the memory arriving the problems disappeared and it was running fine.

Im gonna try swopping slots etc and see what happens. Is there any bench marking or test programs anyone can rcommend??
 
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Microsoft Knowledge Base
Q303045 & Q253912
These articles may help...T
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turned out it was defecive ram, a program called burn in test found this,
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