PC133 RAM on a Gateway 100MHz Motherboard won't work
Posted on 2003-02-26
I have a Gateway 500Mhz 128Mb RAM machine running W98. The motherboard is a Gateway Tabor3 WS440BX with a clock speed of 100MHz. I bought Generic SDRAM 128MB PC133 as I had read on the boards that the RAM would be clocked down.
I am having problems installing Generic 128MB SDRAM I purchased. My computer already has 128MB DIMM SDRAM installed and has 2 empty slots.
1) When I put the RAM in the 2nd or 3rd slot, the computer detected 256MB of RAM on the boot screen then attempted to boot Windows 98 and failed with "While initiating device VPICD....Windows protection error"
2) I removed my old RAM and put the new RAM in slot 1. The computer would not boot, no beep was detected and no signal sent to the monitor.
3) I installed Windows XP on another partition to see if this might detect it but that wouldn't boot either.
I took every precaution to make sure the work environment was static free and the RAM was inserted correctly, so I don't believe this to be the problem.
I rang Gateway and got through to someone who said PC133 would not work I would need PC100. Is this true? Do i need to get PC100 RAM which is more expensive or could the RAM I have bought be faulty,