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DDR RAM question


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SharkBite

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Hi,
If you install incorrect or incompatible RAM can it cause damage to the mother board? Now I dont mean physical damage... it is similar to what I have ..(in fact it is probably close to the same).
I am being at bit lazy at the moment and have not actually looked at the RAM i have installed but I have the packet it came in...... it says ' DDR-400 PC3200 DIMM Desktop Module 512MB'.
I have been given another 512 strip that has these specs ' 512MB 64Mx72-bit DDR400 ECC CL3 184-Pin DIMM'
My motherboard it a GA-K8VM800M (gigabyte) and has room for another 512MB strip.
Firstly Can I install this RAM? if so is one better than the other? (I may be able to get another of the second type). And finally ...if the RAM is faulty can it fry the motherboard?
Thanks.... John.
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screwy_looie

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wot does ddr mean
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SharkBite,

I don't believe you will have any problems with your motherboard if you install an improper RAM module. If they are incompatible it will either have troubles booting, or it will show that you still only have 512 in your machine. If this is the case, just remove the new RAM and get a different type.

screwy looie,

DDR stands for "Double Data Rate." It is also known as DDR SDRAM. It is better than regular SDRAM; "Single Data Rate." In DDR RAM, data is transfered on both the rising and falling parts of data bursts, effectively doubling the bandwidth/speed of the standard SDRAM
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cool
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I put the new RAM in by itself.... it booted up ok..ran xp ok...then I tried to run battlefield 1942.... it showed the opening movie and the trailer ok but when I tried to start a game ,, I got rebooted.....
Would that be a compatibility prob or a bad RAM stick?
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