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Hrrmmm... RAM problem?

Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by Rinnerz, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. Rinnerz New Member

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    Hey all,

    I have a Toshiba Satellite A60-772 which I purchased probably 3 years ago now. It has always run beautifully for me, although I eventually wanted a memory upgrade since it only came with 512MB of onboard memory. (64MB is shared with the video card.)

    A few months ago, I finally decided to shell out the cash for another 512MB of RAM, since the laptop has one memory expansion slot. I couldn't find any official documentation from Toshiba stating what RAM is compatible with this thing; after awhile of searching, I was told that either DDR333 or DDR533 should work.

    Anyway, long story short: I planned on getting DDR333 just to be safe, but no one had it locally. The closest I could find was DDR400, so I tried that. For a month, I had absolutely NO problems, but then... random B.S.O.Ds starting occuring.

    At first they pointed to my video card drivers, so I completely uninstalled those and reinstalled the latest ones I could find. Then they pointed to nothing at all, and gave no info other than STOP error messages. Note that every single time these B.S.O.Ds occured, I wasn't even at my computer; I'd come back from somewhere and find a B.S.O.D. just waiting for me. The only programs running when I leave my laptop on are Windows Live Messenger, AVG, GMail Notifier and, sometimes, Windows Defender. Today's B.S.O.D. was a DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL error.

    The B.S.O.Ds seem extremely random. I've Googled the messages they give me, and there seems to always be the chance that it's the RAM module(s). What's worse is... I decided to doublecheck to make sure that DDR400 was compatible with my system, and I can't even seem to find where I originally read that the DDR533 is compatible. Now all anyone is saying is that DDR333 should be used.

    Is it possible that these B.S.O.Ds could be caused solely because I chose the wrong RAM speed? I always figured if it was incompatible then it wouldn't have even booted, let alone worked fine for a month.

    ^_^ Thanks in advance for any input given.
     
  2. tigger

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    try downloading the everest free proggie,it will tell you what speed the stick/s of ram are in your lappie.the bsods could be coz its not two matched sticks of ram and the lappie is trying to run them duel channel?
     
  3. Rinnerz New Member

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I'll check Everest, but I know the new stick is at 400MHz, and from what I've read the onboard memory should be at 333MHz. Also, I highly doubt this laptop even supports dual channel.
     
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  4. keakar

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    also i would suspect the battery, at 3 yrs old it probably is ready to go out and could be your issue

    if this were desktop i would say its a psu problem but its a laptop

    i think the ram speed is not incorrect but it could be defective. although i dont know much about a laptop
     
  5. Rinnerz New Member

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    Maybe. It used to last about 3 hours but only lasts an hour or so now. I've never really cared, since I don't "need" the portability anymore; it stays plugged in most of the time. None of these BSODs have occured when the laptop was running on battery power.

    I'm just trying to figure out if a difference in RAM speeds would cause this kind of problem...
     

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