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I heard that it's bad for the controller. But is it always bad or under certain curcumstances? I tryed adding 2x256 sticks in my 2 open spots and ingame, it would crash after about 20 min. I did this 3 times and it kept crashing at about the exact same time. Do you guys think the ram sucks or is it because amd cant do 4 sticks?
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You're joking right? They wouldn't put 4 ramslots if Amd's couldn't run 4 slots.

I run 4x512 myself and *gasp* it's an AMD. You must have a bad stick, RMA both of them.
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AMD can do four sticks. . but it runs @ 2T and is slower. . . i think it is your ram . . . but i dont know that ,uch about ram
 
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Have you tried relaxing the timings on the RAM? It may just be that with 4 sticks the RAS/CAS latency is too high for the memory controller to keep up with.

Also, check your not running the DIMMs at different speeds. Like a pair at 333 and a pair at 400 (Dunno if this is even possible, but check nontheless)

As Dan said, try reducing your RAM to T2 and see if that works.

Also, run a program called memtest86. You need to install it onto a floppy and that will check your RAM for bad Blocks when you boot up your machine with the floppy inserted.

Make sure you dont have an OC on any of your RAM, because the new RAM may run at a different speed/have less OC potential.

Check its running at its rated speed.

If all else fails, RMA it. Value RAM is notoriously unreliable, and if its from another system (Ie its been used) theres an even higher chance its developed bad blocks over time.
    
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Yes, 4 sticks can work, some of the possible issues other than what has been mentioned.
If the pairs have the same speed rating but very different timings that can cause issues.
Also, single sided with dual sided sticks may also be at issue. Your manual addresses that.
    
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One more point. When installing the RAM did you wear an earthing/grounding strap? DIMMs are VERY sensitive to static and you can destroy a perfectly good stick-o-ram without due care towards ESD. I got a belkin one about a year ago for 3 or 4 pounds. Its serving me well.
    
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No its old sticks that I used before coupled with twinx xms sticks. SO ya the extra 512 i put in are old thats prolly the problem. Nd ya i relaxed the timings and it still did it. It crashed after 20 min. if i do 3x512 it doesnt crash but 512+512+256+256 in dual channel did. I think I'll just get an extra 512 stick to run dual ch 2gb
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No its old sticks that I used before coupled with twinx xms sticks. SO ya the extra 512 i put in are old thats prolly the problem. Nd ya i relaxed the timings and it still did it. It crashed after 20 min. if i do 3x512 it doesnt crash but 512+512+256+256 in dual channel did. I think I'll just get an extra 512 stick to run dual ch 2gb
Sounds like a plan stan
    
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