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Hi! IDK where else to post this besides here in the only forum under General Hardware. I fix computers for people, and right now is when many people still use older DDR-memory computers, because it meets their needs. Instead of buying a new PC, they just want a memory upgrade for now, which would be fine, but read on...

Most of these computers only have 256 to 512 MB installed, and only 2 RAM slots total. These all support up to a maximum of 1GB per slot (so 2GB total) but it seems that every time I buy DDR333 ram to use in DDR266 boards, the ram won't work right!! What gives? I get ram with the proper voltage rating, good reputable brands and all.

For instance, an OLD stick of Kingston ValueRAM (ddr333, 2.5v) works great, but a brand new stick of Crucial ram with the same specs except 1GB per stick gets errors! Any help? Thanks.
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it could be a bios thing, i cant really say because it sounds like this is an issue happening with random OEM computers.

my suggestion, make sure ur not mixing brands and such,
   
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It depends. I refurbish older systems 5 days a week. It depends on the OEM, motherboard and model. Try to stick to whats in there already. If there is DDR2100 in the machine, use only DDR2100 sticks to upgrade. Some OEM mobos will usually downclock higher specd ram... Atleast make sure the sticks ratings match.
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it could be a bios thing, i cant really say because it sounds like this is an issue happening with random OEM computers.

my suggestion, make sure ur not mixing brands and such,
Yes indeed, and I do generally use matched sets only ^_^

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It depends. I refurbish older systems 5 days a week. It depends on the OEM, motherboard and model. Try to stick to whats in there already. If there is DDR2100 in the machine, use only DDR2100 sticks to upgrade. Some OEM mobos will usually downclock higher specd ram... Atleast make sure the sticks ratings match.
Yes, this is what I've come to realize. I lucked out with a couple PC's- the RAM i bought for one only worked in another, while the Crucial RAM i bought for the other works in either. I might stick to Crucial from now one. Also, Kingston seems more universally compatible. Thoughts?
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I see a lot of Crucial, Hynix and ProMos DDR and it tends to work best... I mostly work on Dell Desktop PCs
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