Memory upgrade causes pc to crash

By Lithewolf
Mar 17, 2010
  1. My motherboard supports 1GB DDR PC 3200 sticks, with 2 banks for a total of 2GB of memory.
    Both banks are working properly, smaller sticks work fine. I have installed each of the sticks separately and they work fine. When both are installed, after about 10 minutes the computer shuts down.
    Any suggestions on how to fix the problem?
  2. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    are they the same modules?
  3. Lithewolf

    Lithewolf TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yes...exactly the same, bought at the same time, each works alone...but with both it just doesnt want to work, i just dont understand should work. But i dont care for emachines anyway....(it is acutally my friends computer)
  4. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,819   +485

    If the mb bios supports it then try increasing the voltage by the smallest increment possible.
    It happens often when you buy new ram for old computers. They just don't work well together or they don't work at all.
    The only other thing you can do is replacing the new ram stick with another one. trial and error
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    Yes this happen to me. The voltage is different. You need to get the same voltage that your old banks had work with. You could try to go into the BIOS and change the voltage settings but you might damage the RAM. Also if your system doesn't boot with the new RAM then those RAM chips might be DG Dead/Gone. If you install your old RAM in the unit does it boot?
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