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So my mom was sick of the lack of RAM (512MB) making her prebuilt PC slow, so she asked me to upgrade. I bought another 1GB of 400MHz RAM (same speed as the current). However, when both sticks were installed, it wouldn't boot even after clearing CMOS. I tried with just the new stick but got nothing either. When I put the old stick bavk in, however, it started perfectly. Why would this stick that should work by all means not work? I've heard you may need a slight voltage bump on some AMD boards, but I thought I might ask if trying that is safe on this old, not sure how durable MB...

Since I know you guys are gonna nuke me with questions on the system specs, I gave you all some screencaps of HWiNFO:






Don't ask about the MB... I know as little as any program I've tried. No markings of any makers anywhere. Might have been soldered together by a washed up electrician behind a liqour store for the payment of a bottle of vodka for that matter. biggrin.gif
I did find its user guide, though, and it should support 2GB of RAM.
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What are the timings and voltage requirements on the new stick of RAM?
    
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All I see about latencies I see anyhere is CL3 and that's it.
But wait...
It needs 2.6v, the current stick is running at 2.5v. Could I really be getting lazy enough not to google such things myself before asking OCN? Might have made myself look smarter if I'd figured something out myself... biggrin.gif
Should I just dare to try to turn the voltage to 2.6 on the working stick and then try again?
Also, could I still run the two at the same time? Would be nice to have 1.5GB on this thing...

Oh yeah, the new stick I bought is a Patriot PSD1G400.
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All I see about latencies I see anyhere is CL3 and that's it.

I guess we'll have to go with the "good enough" method on that question.

Generally, mixed sticks of RAM with different specs (capacities, timings, voltage, etc.) do not play nicely together. I'm surprised that MB is giving you the option to bump up the RAM voltages at all, but I'd still consider returning that 1GB stick and getting another 512MB with the same specs as HWiNFO is giving your for the original one OR getting two new 1GB sticks.

The other thing to consider, of course, is potential damage to the computer if you up the RAM voltages. Unfortunately, I can't claim any authority on DDR RAM. With DDR3, you can damage your CPU, but I've no clue on DDR. Found this forum thread that says it could decrease the life of your RAM but as long as you keep it within the rated specs it should be fine.
    
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