Freezes after upgrading to Windows 7

By ronaldd12
Jul 21, 2011
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  1. ronaldd12

    ronaldd12 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    before i do all that i think i might have found the problem...

    so i had just gotten a job as a computer tech and they put me to fix this old computer into w7 and it already had a pc3200 ddr DIMM stick so i just figured that that would be the one compatible to the motherboard so i bought another 1GB pc3200 ddr DIMM stick. problem is.. that is the motherboard and it states that the "PC2100 DDR SDRAM" is the proper RAM to use... is this the issue? or can the pc3200 RAM safely replace pc2100 RAM?

    i also did a bios update, would that update alow the motherboard to configure a more advanced type of RAM(PC3200)?

    would that RAM be 100% compatible with my motherboard? if not can you make any recommend any that would be compatible?
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    Yes it is still available but not cheaply.

    I am no expert with memory specs and what can and cannot work. But, if the motherboard spec is anything to go by then it is the PC2100 that you need to make it stable.

    Most modern boards will run with a large number of different frequencies and voltages but this being an older board it's most likely not forwards compatible with faster RAM.

    The PC 2100 is at 266MHz, the PC3200 is 400MHz.

    I doubt if updating the Bios will have any effect.

    I hope another helper with more advanced knowledge in this area will read this and be able to confirm my theory.
  3. ronaldd12

    ronaldd12 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    alright man thanks alot anyway, but do you think that this might be the problem?
  4. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    As the motherboard specs only state that PC2100 should be used I think it is very likely that that is the problem, incompatible RAM.

    But it needs a comment from someone with greater knowledge in this area to confirm it.
  5. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    Try this online scanner which will detect your installed RAM and tell you what is compatible.

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