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you should check bios for the ram settings, voltage and speed, they will be printed on the package the ram came in.
also, you don't want to mix ram up, they will run at the slowest ones speed.
also, most ram is used in pairs (2 at a time) using the 3, depending on the motherboard will give you errors.
try entering the bios on boot, and set the ram setting properly. you should see something that flashes on boot, like press f8 or del for bios. change your ram settings, save and exit. type back with your motherboard and ram model numbers if this solution did not work.
Lets not jump to conclusions. Personally I feel that if give it a thorough cleanup without removing the Processor from under the heat sink, clean all the contact points, specially the power connection to your HDD(if its SATA it will make faster noises) and this could be due corrupted OS files too, but if the noise in the HDD persists, then its advisable to replace it if still under warranty, else use any working HDD and check to see if the same thing happens again. Don;t forget to repair your OS first. Also do checkdisk yiur HDD partitions particularly the one where the OS is installed and if it throws uo any bad sectors then the first thing to do is install the OS on a different partion. If it behaves properly then you have to make a desicion regarding repairing/replacing the HDD.....sodeep
sounds to me like you either have a conflict of hardware or your os windows xp wasn't meant for your hardware some manufacturers design there products now to be vista only so read you manuals and make sure of that then try reloading xp but with bare essntials to run a pc that is
How long do you wait before you determine it is locked up? Vista uses minimum graphics to facilitate a faster install. It may seem like nothing is going on when Vista is loading in the background. If it is locking up try a reinstall. Are you upgrading or going a new install?
Your board specifications are here - http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=661FM3-L&class=mb
This sounds like a memory timing issue based on the caution from the MSI page. There is no reason the board itself should have a problem with that size hard drive. Have you reset the bios to factory default and tried the various compatibility settings available in the bios?
If your manual states a max of 2.2GHZ then, take it as that, when your board was made the bios and bus speeds would be set at the maximum to run a 2.2GHZ, not a 3GHZ, also the heat sink and fan may not be enough to cool the processor.
The only way that a 3GHZ would run was if you updated the bios and personally i would not recommend it.
You would be better advised updating the board and processor as a package ot fitting more memory if the pc is not used for gaming or high end video editing.