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hey guys, I registered here cause I figured you guys are experts at computer hardware, atleast much more knowledgble than me. I have several problems with my computer.

motherboard Asus a7vx-x model
cpu 2600+ AMD athlon
Ram DDR VM 333 mhz 1gig

first It keeps hanging and then it ends up in the setup menu and this happenes only after excessive use like having a movie marathon, or even playing movies on dvds, or downloading for too long. When in setup I get the following messages

Caution: According to CPU external frequency settings system memory can only operate at frequencies higher than or equal to 333mhz please make sure the DRAM max frequency is not less than 333mhz.

on memory frequency i get the following message, Caution: only support 1 certified DDR400 module on this product for the certified module list please check the manual or visit ASUS web for its update. now I dont have the manual but I am downloading it on my very slow internet here in the Dorm. and asus web is not offering any solutions although I have downloaded all patches which i am pretty sure I did before and reinstalling now. also trying to get adobe reader which may or may not work on this internet,, dont ask

further specs

set CPU speed at: 2083 , not sure if this is right for a 2600+ athlon xp
memory frequency: 333 mhz
cpu voltage core setting: auto
cpuvcore: 1.650V
CPU frequency multiplier:12.5
CPU external frequency: +166/33


please let me know if you understand what the problem is or if i have something set wrongly in Setup, I am hoping that I have misunderstood and it does indeed support my old RAM that I have and I dont have to buy new RAM.

please help, hopefully also prevent another windows crash= bluescreens = me having to reinstall everything and loosing data again...
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Please go to the top of the page and click on (CP) Character Profile. Enter your system hardware and we will be better able to help you.

I wonder at your Power Supply and cooling. Have you tested for temperatures?

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Go to your bios and make sure the ram is set to run at 333mhz.
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i reckon the memory is at that speed because if you look at the speed of his cpu its 2083 and thats what the 2600 athlon xp speed is, so i doubt hes changed his fsb or anythink like that imo , i think its a heat problem.
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It keeps hanging and then it ends up in the setup menu and this happenes only after excessive use like having a movie marathon, or even playing movies on dvds, or downloading for too long.
    
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open your case and make sure it isnt full of dust.

not sure how old your machine is or when you last opened your case but
I think, as with mootin, that heat may be your problem..

if the machine has only just started doing this (and it only happens after extended running time), then hardware compatibility shouldnt be the issue....

I'd recommend opening your machine and cleaning out dust.....maybe take the fan off your heatsink and check that it hasnt become clogged with dust.

if the case is all clean, try leaving the side off to get more air in there (maybe stick a fan close to your computer and point it into the case too)......not sure if you have case fans etc. so I'm just suggesting what comes to mind.
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Are you sure it's not an A7V8X-X?
You should be fine with the DDR333 which matches the CPU's FSB.
What may be at issue as already asked is the PS
Furthermor, your RAM may need a vdimm bump, upping the voltage may stabilize it... if your BIOS has that option.

The A7V8X-X supprots 2 sticks of DR400 and no more and up to 4 sticks of DDR333.
If it is the A7V8X-X do check the BIOS up-dates there are a bunch of fixes.
http://support.asus.com/download/dow...&model=A7V8X-X
    
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Do what duke said. O, and your one lucky guy, duke made his 10,000th post in your thread!
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