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vinasg

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I upgraded my old emachine T3256 model for more memory. The machine originally came with 512M module. I added 256M module (333MHz PC2700 as recommended. )
The machine would boot up fine but once in a while the computer just resets itself (crashes actually!) and reboots.
I took out the new memory module and it seems to be working fine.
I am not sure if the memoy module is bad or is it incompatible with the original 512M module. I am past the 30 day period unfortunately, so I cannot return the module or exchange it.

Questions:
Is there a way to test the memory module?
How do I check for compatibility before I get a new module?

I have seen sites which go by the computer manufacturer and model number to suggest a memory from specific manufacturer that is guaranteed to work. Is there any credence to it? I was under the impression that as long as I matched the 333 MHz and PC2700 it should be fine. (The document does not indicate that I need ECC registred memory, and I dont think the installed original module is ECC)

Thanks for your help.
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To see if your new memeory module is Faulty

remove the original 512Mb stick and replace it with the 256Mb (ensure that the module is placed in the first slot closest to the CPU)

if the system boots then the new RAM module is not deffective in anyway.

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Use Memtest86 to test your memory.

http://www.memtest86.com/

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SRX:
he actually cant get the system to boot so i dont think that will be usufull just yet

but when you do get the system running test it with that if it boots with the bad RAM
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Thansk for the reply, I'll try the memtest86 and let you know the results.
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