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Hello everyone, I recently purchased new RAM over at crucial.com using their "System Analyzer" to see what was compatible. I ended up purchasing three 2GB DDR3 PC3-10600 Memory Module chips from them. My motherboard is an ASUS X58 Motherboard P6T Deluxe Motherboard. It was guaranteed to be compatible, but apparently it wasn't. The day after installing my new RAM, I was getting hit by hardware related BSODs on my Vista computer. After removing the RAM, my computer worked perfectly fine again. The RAM was not shot and worked correctly as my Memory Diagnostics came up clean.

After removing the new RAM, I inspected my old RAM and discovered that they were DDR3 PC3-8500 1067 MHZ CL7 chips. Could the difference in the numbers of 10600 and 8500 have proven to be the problem between the different RAM chips? I'm very curious as to why it didn't work, so I know what to buy in the future. Thank you!
 

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What is/was the problem with the previous RAM and how much was installed?
What brand is the older RAM?
It's always a possibility that a Mobo doesn't play well with a particular brand of RAM.
What are the Error Codes you see on the BSOD?
 

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Hello, thanks for the quick reply! I have six slots total with three currently occupied. My power supply is a 750 Watt OEM ATX PSU Power Supply.

My previous problem with the RAM was it giving me blue screens during various activities ranging from a computer game to surfing the web. I had not encountered these issues before I installed the new RAM, and they stopped once I removed it. I currently have 3GB of RAM, and I had installed another 6GB of RAM giving my computer 9GB. I do have a x64 bit operating system, so I am able to push past 4GB. My original RAM in the computer is made by Elpida. The new RAM I had bought was the Crucial brand (pretty generic).

I can't remember the exact errors codes from my blue screens, but I got various message like:
IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL or DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL (Can't remember)

PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA

Thanks for the help!
 

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what are you running
video card
cpu
m/board
ram
power supply
brand
model
wattage
check the listings in the bios for voltages and temperatures and post them
 

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6GB of RAM is way more than enough. Have you tried using only the 3X2 set?
 

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I would call Crucial and have them send you the same speed memory you had installed. They'll e-mail you a shipping label to return the memory you bought and then send you out the correct RAM. The Crucial adviser often recommends memory that is faster than what was installed, assuming it's backwards compatible. But it doesn't always work like that. Sometimes you can tweak settings in BIOS to get it stable, but it depends on the options in your BIOS setup. I don't use the Crucial Adviser because of this.
 

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The Crucial Adviser is generally quite accurate. What it does not take into account is a user trying to mix RAM brands/specs as per this case.
If the OP tries using only the 3X2GB set from Crucial I believe the issues will be resolved.
 

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The Crucial Adviser is generally quite accurate. What it does not take into account is a user trying to mix RAM brands/specs as per this case.
If the OP tries using only the 3X2GB set from Crucial I believe the issues will be resolved.
Each of my channels has three slots. Would it recognize the RAM if I only put in two modules?
 

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Yes you can use two RAM sticks and that will put you in Dual Channel.
Have you tried using the 3 Crucial sticks by themselves? That would give you 6GB and Triple Channel operation.
 

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Yes you can use two RAM sticks and that will put you in Dual Channel.
Have you tried using the 3 Crucial sticks by themselves? That would give you 6GB and Triple Channel operation.
Actually, I never even thought of doing that. If it DOES turn out to be my Elpida and Crucial sticks not getting along, I could just keep my Elpida modules out of my system! I will try that and post back with the results. Thanks!
 

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Okay, I replaced my original RAM with the Crucial RAM, and now my computer won't boot. It will turn on, but it will never initialize and the operating system will never actually start running. What could be the problem? :/
 

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Remove all the RAM-clear the CMOS-Install one stick of the Crucial RAM and see what happens. Repeat with each stick of Crucial RAM.
 

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resetting to factory settings has nothing to do with a cmos reset

it will not affect your data,but you will have to re-optimise it at some stage

cmos reset
turn the computer off
remove the power lead from the back
take the side off
remove the cmos battery
move the cmos jumper from pins 1 and 2 to pin 2 and 3 and the back to pins 1 and 2
reinsert the battery
put the side on
replug in the power lead
boot the computer

there can be 2 solder points you touch with a screwdriver
2 pins you touch with a screwdriver or use a jumper
a cmos clear switch or button
there will be a diagram and instructions in your manual
 
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