Dual channel memory issues and question

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trisight

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Hello,

I have been having some memory issues and I am going to run some memory checks tonight to find out where the culprit lies.

I am running 2x 500mb and 2x 1gb sticks. I believe the culprits are one of the 1gb sticks. My question is, if I find that only one of the sticks is in error, will I be able to simply remove one of the sticks and still run the other two as dual channel? I have a friend that says he's not sure if you can run a single stick of dual channel memory without it's mate (if sold in a kit). I don't know if that's true or not... so I'm coming to you guys (and gals) for help.
 

kimsland

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There is no such thing as Dual channel Ram
ie all Rams single, double or triple (whatever) will work
But your motherboard supports 2 Ram cards making Dual Channel (making them quicker)
Single Ram cards will therefore not utilize Dual Channel, but will still work
 

trisight

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Awesome, thanks kimsland :)

EDIT: I was going to try it anyways regardless, but sometimes it's always nice to know what you are walking into.
 

kimsland

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The question is valid, many support people, including your "friend" may not know
Anyway all tech questions are welcomed :)

Edit:
There are some very specific motherboards that state at least 2 Ram cards must be installed. But they are not common. Very unlikely you will have this
 
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