Vista is finicky regarding RAM. I normally run with 2 gig of Corsair PC3200.
Last weekend I tried to install another stick of the same (same date - same
lot code etc.). Being as how I dual boot with XP, I first booted into
Windows XP. No problem.
I then tried to boot up into Vista after about 15 seconds I got a blue
screen warning about newly installed devices. I then thought I would
reinstall Vista with 3 gigs already installed. That way it would be picked
up in the original install, right? Wrong! After about 15 seconds the system
froze. This time there was no indication of any error what-so-ever.
I took out the 3rd stick and everything is fine again.
The Shadow knows, I sure don't.
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"Mike Hall - MS MVP Windows Shell/User" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Unless memory is matched or very close, the system will not boot
> correctly.. try to get sticks that match the original..
> "John" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> I have a MSI 645 Ultra (MS-6547) motherboard with 1 GB of DDR3200 RAM.
>> This motherboard has three memory slots and can handle up to 3GB RAM. I
>> bought another 2 x 1GB and filled the other two slots.
>> Vista Ultimate 32 bit wouldn't boot at all. I see some coloured rubbish
>> on the screen and then a message comes up to say it can't boot, do I want
>> safe mode. Safe mode also doesn't boot up. I tried booting from the Vista
>> DVD but the same thing happens. I removed one of the new memory sticks
>> and the system boots up although I still notice some odd things happening
>> like the icons on the task bar not refreshing.
>> I checked for BIOS upgrades but there isn't one. Any thought on how I can
>> use the memory I bought?
> Mike Hall
> MS MVP Windows Shell/User