Memory Module Issues

By cos ยท 19 replies
Dec 11, 2007
  1. Hi Guys,
    Thought i'de upgrade my 2 half gig ddr 266 memory sticks, too
    2 one gig ddr 266 memory sticks.
    when i installed the sticks the system soon started rapid bleeping, and the moniter display the no video input message. I reinstalled the old memory, back to normal. Any ideas would be appreciated.
    All the best.
  2. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    What is the make and model of the new memory?
  3. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    It sounds like the new ram isn't compatible with your pc.

    Go to the Crucial site and run their scanner. It will tell you how much RAM your motherboard can take and what sorts.

    Would you describe your beeps (known as beep codes) as continuous beeping? If so, then on an AMI or Award BIOS then that means "Memory or Video Problem", and on IBM BIOS it's "Power problem or loose card"
  4. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    The OP can have total system memory of up to 2GB on two dimms.
  5. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    I had something a bit like this before, i bought some new RAM and put it in my pc and it wouldn't work so I put the old stuff back in and it turned out that it was ECC RAM and my pc only supports Non-ECC

    Here's the thread I made, just so you can see. There was a while where I had to establish that my mobo takes both SD and DDR RAM, but after that we figured out what was wrong :) There's nothing significant on page 2 so you can ignore that, it's just me saying cheers, basically ;)

    I brought this up because it could be the problem that you have.
  6. cos

    cos TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Wow Guys!

    I am impressed,
    iv'e never known such a quick, communal, and informed reply to a thread. Fair play, that is a healthy sigh. Thanks for all the input and feedback, muchos appeciatos. I checked out the crucial site and for some reason it thinks i have 3 memory slots when i only have 2.
  7. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    Glad to see you're enjoying the boards :D

    That's a bit weird :confused: That's the first time I've known Crucial to be wrong ;)

    You might want to check if your RAM is ECC because that could be causing your problem. I suggest it because it happened to me and I thought that the RAM I bought was the right type, not knowing what ECC was.

    If this isn't the issue then let me know, there's obviously something wrong that we need to figure out ;)
  8. cos

    cos TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39


    Yes it did seem strange when sisoftware only found 2. The new memory is ecc reg ram, i,ll try and find out what i have onboard.
  9. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    I downloaded your motherboard manual and it only supports unbuffered memory, so the new memory is not compatible with your board.
  10. cos

    cos TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    We have a result.

    Thanks cinders,
    that sounds about right i did order registered buffered memory because a system analySIS and report software told me to make my memory reg buff. Ah well just goe's to show, no ones perfect. I'll send the memory back and replace it with non buffered.
    Once again thanks for the amazing support and instant feedback.
    That go's for all.
    Good Luck.
  11. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    Absolutely no problem, mate :) Come back again if you need any more help :D

    Unless you stay, of course, the more the merrier ;)
  12. cos

    cos TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Thanks to all.

    Once again i must extend my appreciation to you guys for monitoring the site and answering my query with such knowledge and gusto. I will most definately be back, just for the craic if nothing else. Thanks especially to Duckskater & Cinders, again i'm blown away at the response i got, (if anyone knows about the "Half life2 E1" fiasco on steam.They would know what i mean).
    Love & Respect, & have a great Xmass.


    P.S. I returned the memory this morning no problem.
  13. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    Do you mean the thing about since Steam rolled out updates people have been experiencing lower framerates than usual or is it something else :)
  14. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    Hey my pleasure. :grinthumb

    I have a good many of the HL and HL2 games but until recently haven't purchase or played HL2 E1 or HL2 E2. I bought Orange Box ,which includes E1 and E2, a few months ago but haven't installed anything yet. What was the HL2 E1 fiasco?
  15. cos

    cos TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    It Lives!!!!!!!

    The Problem was "Valve" underestemated the specifications required to run "E1" smoothly. So all us who have old P4s suffered from lack of resources, and so a thread was born, a thread mightier than any before it, This thread survived through many a hardship and dissapointment, sporned by it's creaters, it conspired, it plotted........ anyway this thread has been going for nearly two years, the only reason it has fizzled out I think is because everyones getting dual core, and 2 gig.
    Good to talk, Hope i didn't rant to much, which wouldn't be a first.
    All the best,
  16. cos

    cos TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39


    Daveskater? I noticed from your specs you have "Vista". How are you finding it??.
  17. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    It's ok but I can't wait for SP1 ;)

    The boot time is longer than XP and if you any devices that are more than a couple of years old you won't be able to get a driver. nVidia are bringing out new drivers all the time, making small improvements but it's not at the same level as XP yet though, and probably won't be for a while.

    I had to upgrade my PC's RAM and graphics card but the graphics card needed doing anyway ;)

    It's running ok on my old Socket A Athlon XP so it can't be that bad :D
  18. cos

    cos TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Seen bredrin.

    Thats what i heard, it was a bit fresh, and also gamers would find it frustrating, but id'e say give it a year or so and it will be the same as "XP". I did an online anaylsis of my old P4, the only thing it found an exception with was my hercules sound card. Bit of a catch 22 for me, i want to stay with "XP" but i don't want to spend 500 euro on an upgrade when i could buy a "Dual core" system for roughly the same price. I don't know the trials and tribulations of modern humans.
  19. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

  20. cos

    cos TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Hi Ted ster, i was just updating my profile and such, when i noticed i hadn't replied to and thanked you for you input, Very informative and usefull.
    Thanks once again.
    Good luck.
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