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RE: [SLE] Motherboard / Memory problems?
  • From: "Anders Norrbring" <lists@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 17:27:38 +0100
  • Message-id: <20050211162738.C7830301D@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > > > The MSI board states that: "Note: PC3200 (DDR400) maximum 4 banks
> > > > only." How would I know how many banks there is?
> > >
> > > You need to get that spec from the RAM manufacture. Most Kingston
> > > RAM uses 4
> > > banks.
> > >
> > > > I'll do some experimenting with lower memory speeds, like setting
> > > > it to 266MHz instead of 400MHz. A cheap and quick fix is a newer
> > > > mobo,
> > >
> > > perhaps
> > >
> > > > with Nvidia's nForce2 chipset, apparently it's more tolerant with
> > >
> > > memories?
> > >
> > > A word of caution with RAM tuning. It's easy to enter a setting
> > > that makes the
> > > board completely unbootable which then requires a BIOS reset (don't
> > > even ask
> > > how I learned this) :-p
> >
> > Yeah.. I know that.. ;) The weird thing is that Memtest86+ verifies
> > every bit of memory as correct, but still the Linux installer barfes
> > with a Kernel panic at some point. I'm baffled.
> >
> > Anders.
> ==========
>
> Anders,
> You can also check with the memory maker for your ram. They should be
> able to tell you whether the ram is usable in that motherboard/chipset.
> From what you have described, it appears that the memory is not
> suitable, since a single stick of 512Mb works without problems. I
> don't remember if you mentioned the newer ram was dual channel or not,
> but I'm pretty sure that chipset will not work with dual channel ram.
>
> Check with the memory manufacturer, they can better tell you what their
> ram will work with. Oh, each memory slot is divided into two banks, so
> you have two memory slots, thus 4 banks of memory.
>
> Lee


The MSI info say that I should be able to use Dual Channel setup, but I'll
do some testing with a lower memory frequency to see if that helps..

Anders.



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