Update - Failure to boot

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Fat Freddy's Cat, Sep 17, 2003.

  1. Posted here recently concerning a machine giving a garbled screen on the

    I changed the motherboard out and all seemed ok - then would you believe
    after a few bootups it started acting up again.

    As a quick check, I swapped out the RAM for some I knew to be OK and hey
    presto, it now works fine :0(
    so, it was dodgy RAM after all - one symptom I've never seen before with
    dodgy RAM is garbled BIOS/POST screens.

    Anyway, the thing is, its an athlon xp2000 running on an Asus A7N266 board,
    and you can adjust the speed of the RAM from 133 to 100 via jumpers.
    Just as an experiment, I put in the dodgy DIMM and reduced the speed to 100
    and it still works fine.

    Anyone any advice on leaving machine like this? Will the RAM still fault
    eventually at 100 or is it just overstretched at 133 and is unlikely to ****
    up at 100?

    Leaving aside the moral issue of leaving the machine like this mind.

    Fat Freddy's Cat, Sep 17, 2003
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  2. Fat Freddy's Cat

    TMack Guest

    It might be worth checking whether or not it was set to 'SPD' at 133 - if
    not the bios might have been set to timings that the memory couldn't handle
    e.g. cas 2 for memory that is supposed to be cas 2.5

    TMack, Sep 17, 2003
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