I added another stick of RAM to my computer, but it keeps randomly restarting on me, I need help fixing it.
ASUS A7N8X-X Motherboard AMD Athlon XP3000 CPU Radeon 9200 SE Gold edition Video Card 2 Identical Sticks of PC400 DDR Ram 512Mb*
*My computer worked fine with only 1 stick of the same.
The local Paultard
24th May 2003
1) Have you modded your computer in any way? I know that after I added lights and other stuff to my computer that started happening to me, but after I got a new PSU it stopped. So perhaps your PSU isnt powerful enough. 2)Does your case have adequate cooling? If your processor gets too hot your computer might automatically shut down.
and if these arent the problem, since it worked before, then maybe there is something wrong with the slot, or the stick. Although I doubt it would work at all if it was broken.
A psychedelic experience.
16th April 2004
What are you doing when it restarts? maybe theres a link - like playing games, or surfing, or are they all totally random?
try putting it in another slot.
Happy to be back
8th August 2002
Try switching your memory slots
People say I post too much
12th February 2004
The new stick could be faulty, once this happened to mine and I took out the stick and one of the pins was burn black. I scrubbed the blackness off (gently) and stuck the stick back in and it worked fine.
Also, if I try to OC my PC more than 10% it reboots for no reason as well.
...burning angel wings to dust
14th February 2004
1) Are you overclocking? 2) Make sure you're filling the proper slots for dual-channel operation (check your manual if you're not sure which two that is). 3) Remove the new stick of RAM and test. If it works, try the old stick--by itself--in the slot that the new stick was in. If that doesn't work, then have a chat with ASUS. 4) Repeat step three, but with the new stick in the old slot. If it fails, have a chat with whoever sold you the RAM.
Are you overclocking?
No I'm not overclocking(at least to my knowledge) , BTW The old stick that works says PC400, so does the new one, however the box says that the motherboard uses PC3200. I even brought my old stick in to show the guy and he gave me an identical stick (the one that doesn't work) are there any problems there?
it's set to run at 166Mhz
I didn't make it!
Try a memory testing program such as Memtest86, I used this when I had RAM troubles and it diagnosed the problem.
Do I need the new RAM stick inserted to do the test or does it test the slot, not the stick?
Quality not Quantity
30th November 2004
Ihave the same motherboard as you and firstly i bought a cheapish stick of 512mb,PC2700.You said you have a stick of pc400,to my knowledge i have never seen pc400 only pc100,pc133,pc2100,pc2700,pc3200 and so on,i didn't know pc400 existed,or do you mean you got 400mhz ram?Anyways i as i said i got 1 stick of 512mb and wanted another 512,so i got another stick of 512 and had the same problems as you,it may be the motherboard(eventhough in the boards specs it sez you can have it)if you can,see if you have a friend or swap it at the shop you got it from for 2x256mb sticks,preferable the same specs as you already have ie: same make,and i would suspect you have pc3200 400mhz ram(running at 333mhz which is 166 in your bios).These boards are fussy with 400mhz ram and tend to run at 333mhz unless its expensive stuff.please pm me if you want any more help.