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Please help with memory upgrade problem

Can you help me out with a memory upgrade problem?

First, I have an Asus P4 computer (it's about 4-5 yrs. old) that has 256mb DDR RAM. It runs OK but could use some more memory. So I ordered 512mb PC2100 DDR SDRAM. Here ae 2 links to the pc.

www.nativetechnologyinc.com/native/ASUS_Terminator_P4_533.htm

dlsvr02.asus.com/pub/ASUS/Bare...inator%20P4%20User%20Manual%20(E947)-2a.pdf

After installing the new memory my pc starts to boot up, then changes screen and gives me the option of continuing in "safe mode" or "normal mode". Regardless of which one I enter, it tries to reboot and does the same thing over again.

I took out the new memory and put back the 256mb stick and it boots right up. In fact that's the only way I can get it to work. Does anyone have any suggestions?

It acts like this memory is the wrong type, but PC2100 is what is specified for this pc as far as I can tell. However, it doesn't say that on the 256mb stick. It just says "256mb DDR266".

When looking at the motherboard, right above the CPU in large letters is printed... P4SC How can I know for sure which is the correct memory to get. I thought that PC2100 was right but apparently not. Thanks.

Roy

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    Is there a difference between PC2100 DDR and PC2100 DDR SDRAM?

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If your system is acting like what you've decribed, the type of chip on the memory module may not be compatible with the motherboard. If you could, get one of the same brand like the old module (256MB). Or try a different brand. And your second question, Most modules are identified like what you've described above, as long as it states for example: PC2100 DDR 266Mhz Unbuffered, non-ECC SDRAM. You system i believe supports this type. If nobody was able to answer your questions, try the links Markk7171 provided for you, i believe there are a few places there that might help you understand basic terminology with memory.

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Roy,

This is a common problem with memory. Memory that matches what you have in your computer may not be compatible. The best way to find compatible memory for your computer is to visit websites of manufacturers who produce memory. Here are two sites where you can begin. You will need your computer brand and model in order to search for compatible memory.

www.kingston.com
or if not:
www.corsair.com

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