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Whenever I plug a third or fourth dimm into my board,I get,"DISPLAY DRIVER HAS FAILED AND RECOVERED...." I'm thinking the extra dimms are soaking to much power for my already small power supply??! I have an ASUS M2A-VM, 2x1gb of Corsair XMS2. Geforce 9600GT, 450 watt generic ps. Windows 7 Ultimate 64. Whenever I add more dimms the video card starts shutting down.......I tried my buddies ATI Video card and had the same problem.....anyone else hear of this?
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Yup, common problem with small PSU. The 9600 GT recommends a 400W PSU. However, this doesnt take into account things like capacitor aging which can increase the demand on your PSU. If you have a generic brand PSU, the output is generally less than the supply is supposedly capable of. For example, a generic PSU may say it is a 450 W and only output 380 W max. I would recommend a bigger PSU and it is also possible that your motherboard needs a BIOS update. Have also seen this happen with mobos that need a BIOS update.
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Right on....oh, and thats 2 2gb dimms not 1gb dimms...all of the dimms match. Every aspect. Memtest is good on all. What the heck!! I need a new and bigger power supply anyway! If this doesnt work, its time to start on a new comp. (I play 2 year old games anyways....cheaper.)
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Wait!! What would you recommend??!! 3 x 2gb sticks for 6gb total, or 2 x 2gb sticks plus 2 x 1gb sticks for 6gb?! The dimms are identical 800mh 6400 XMS2. Same timing, voltage and all. Just different capacities. Wouldnt the 2 x 2 sticks keep my dual channel memory?
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My Gateway laptop used to say that all the time when trying to view flash video. It was probably because it just couldn't handle it or it was too hot. It got to be pretty annoying though.

What PSU do you have? I know you said generic but what brand?
    
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Keeping your memory dual channel would be the way to go so 2x2 gb and 2x1 gb would be the way to go if you want 6gb. Otherwise, DDR2 doesnt support triple channel as does DDR3 so 3x2 gb would actually minimally depreciate memory performance.
post #7 of 8
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I know you said generic but what brand?
Need to know this. I haven't read the entire thread, but it would help if this was in your signature.

My experience is that if a generic brand says you have a 450 watt power supply, the manufacturer is either referring to peak power (so its really a 350 watt) or they simply pulled the number out of their butt.

9600 GT is still a decent card for smaller displays (very nice in SLI) so there is no reason to take chances of damaging it.
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I will update my specs as soon as I get home. Im on my laptop now. Ill keep you guys posted on the results of the PSU upgrade too. Thanks!!
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