Vista (64-bit) Ram Problem

By OneBullet
Oct 23, 2008
  1. Hello, First time posting here, i hope someone within these forums will be able to help me.

    So, a couple of months ago i bought a custom computer (bought all parts then put it together myself), and i have been happy with it completly.

    Vista 64-Bit
    CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9850 (2.5GHZ)
    Graphics: ATI Radeon 4870 512MB
    Ram: 2 GB of DDR2 PC8500
    500 GB of Hard drive Space

    Now nearly 2 months later, i have decided to add 2 more GB of Ram. So i ordered 2 more GB and received it today. Now at first, i have NO success with putting all 4 GB in. So i decide to try 3 for now. It gets to the windows loading bar, but it just stays loading and never goes past that screen. All attempts with 3GB after that resulted in the computer restarting just after i select "safe mode" or "start windows normally", or even "boot from last good configuration". So it doesnt even reach the Loading Screen. I have tried just the 2 new sticks by themselves, no problems. I have also tried 1 new stick and one old stick, and still no problems. I have tried all combinations of the slots for the ram, and it all works, as long as i don't have more than 2 GB of ram in at one time. In the Bios it does recognize that i have 3GB or 4GB of ram in, but it still will not boot, as it will just keep restarting before it gets to the windows load screen.

    Can anyone help?

    Thanks, OneBullet.
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    did you chk the current voltage settings for the new ram and compare with your bios. Are these the same type and make of ram?
  3. OneBullet

    OneBullet TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the reply.

    So in my Bios, i can not find the voltage settings for my ram at all, like it doesnt even seem to exist.

    The first ram i added was

    OCZ Reaper Dual Channel 2048MB PC8500 DDR2 1066MHz Memory (2 x 1024MB) run at CL 5-5-5

    The ones i am trying to add are

    OLYMPUS Reaper HPC 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory run at 5-5-5-15

    I have tried with both sticks of the new ram, but as long as i don't hit 4 GB i can boot.

    Once again, thanks for reply.

    Update: I got 3 GB working by changing the voltage of ram and changing the latencie in bios (found it). So my system boots fine with 3 GB. However, with the last stick added, whenever i turn my computer on, it just stalls.. my screen stays black and it just stays where it is, doesn't beep or anything.
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