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By newtoIT ·
I just recently bought RAM for my system at home. It used to have 64MB now it has 128MB. I figure that it should be running faster or processing faster but it seems to have a hard time multitasking. Is it possible that the RAM is bad? How can I tell? I have made no other changes to my computer.
Thanks for the help

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by zackstevens In reply to RAM

Try putting the new RAM in with out the old if it still passes the post Test and runs as well as it used to the ram is probably fine. Some systems depending on how fast they run don't show as much improvement when upgraded as others. Also if the RAMyou bought is slower than the RAM you already had then it will not show as much improvement.

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by vince.tran In reply to RAM

howdy,
check yours RAM count during boot. Make sure it's the right amount of RAM. Check to see if yours Processing Bus ex: 66Mhz,100Mhz,133Mhz... check to see if yours RAM match this #s. Take both of them out(RAM) and try to put them both at the same time. Good luck.

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by Russ Werner In reply to RAM

You didn't mention if the 64 meg was a single stick and you added another 64 meg stick, or if you removed the original 64 meg and added a 128 meg stick. There is a difference... First off your mother board manual explains what combinations of ram will work, and which bank to put what in. It also explains what bus speed the memory should be. Ram today is usually refered to bus speed as 66mhz, 100 mhz, 133 mhz speeds You need to change your bus speed to match the memory, or add memory to match your bus speed, if you are mixing memory speeds, you must select the slower of the two speeds. Older memory talked about timing as 70msec, or 60 msec and this makes reference to the bus speeds. If you are using 2 64 meg sticks, remove one at a time andsee if pc runs ok. This would be a good indication that they are booh good. If it is one stick, I would check the memory speed vs the bus speed. Bus speed can be changed in most bios settings. btw, changing from 64 megs to 128 megs will show you an increase in overall throughput. Even if only by providing less need for virtual memory. Using the hard drive for swapping really slows a system down.

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by rcarlson52 In reply to RAM

Here are a few questions that need to be answered first. What cpu are you using? How many pins are there on each stick of memory?

I am making an educated guess that you are running a Pentium class cpu. If your memory has 72 pins then you will have to populate each bank with two sticks of the same size of memory (each bank will need two 32 bit wide sticks of ram to meet the required 64 bit wide external bus requirement for a Pentium cpu). Not all banks will need to be filled but each socket in any given bank must be filled in order for your cpu to see the memory. If your memory has 168 pins then you will probably have one socket per bank and it does matter which banks are filled and in which order for the cpu to see the new ram. Check your motherboard manual or download a copy from the manufacturer's website to learn which banks to fill and in what order. If you had a single stick of RAM that was working and you suspect the new stick is bad simply remove the known-to-be-good stick and replace it with the new one. Does it work? If not it is bad. If you are unsure let it run for an hour or so and see if the computer has become flaky. Rock solid? Not the RAM stick, probably a bank error or a mismatch between types of RAM. Are theySDRAM or DRAM? EDO or ECC RAM? FPM RAM? SIMMS or DIMMS? These are all considerations. Your motherboard manual and a good tech who can explain all the variations as well as understand what your motherboard manual says is the way to go. Once he shows you then you can show another and we all help each other out.

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by NRGeti In reply to RAM

Click on MyComputer the the performance tab; it will show you how much RAM you have.

What kine of trouble are you having with multitasking? I usually cannot do more than 3 applications at one time or my PC will hand and I have 256M RAM.

There are a number of adjustments you can make to help out. Are you running Win98?

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