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Paul Neo
Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 - 7:51 pm:   

I have a pentium IIII 2 ghz pc. It has 1278 meg ram yet continuely F$£%£%G Freezes up. a lot on internet explorer etc. I check out my memory usage and it says like 100% nad my pc will be frozen for a while! Why is this as both XP and my motherboard claim to be able to hold more RAM than i have onboard. Any1 pls help me its driving me nutz.
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 - 8:26 pm:   

Hi Paul. A few questions.

What motherboard do you have ?

When you start the computer, how much memory does the POST (Power On Self Test) report?

What applications are running when these freezes occur?

Does the system "unfreeze" after a while - or is it necessary to restart the computer?

A 2 GIG P4 should be using RAMBUS - what size RIMMS do you have ?

Sorry for the questions, but I'm trying to narrow down the possibilities. There are a lot of reasons why your system could bog down or lock up.

I don't think you have too much RAM, but I can't figure out how you have 1278 megs of RAMBUS. How many RIMM slots does this board have? Remember - like the days before SDRAM, RAMBUS must be added in pairs.
2 pairs of 256 meg chips is only 1024 MB - 1278 doesn't divide right into 1024, 512, 256, 128, 64, 32, 16 or 8. Perhaps this could be part of the problem......?

Give me some specs, and I'll see what I can find.
Paul Neo
Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 - 9:34 pm:   

I have SDRAM.. 1278meg my pc reports it all as there. There is a 256k and 2 x 512k.. There are 4 slots i think possibly 3. The mother board im unsure of (yes im a retard i know lol)
My pc when it freezes could just be running I.explorer and a few BG programs like my firewall and antivirus. Hmmm anything will be great if my new pc will finally run faster than my old 600mhz :)
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 - 9:36 am:   

If you are using that much ram you may have a cache problem in XP (I know XP will allow that much and more but the memory manager may be setting most of it aside and only using 1/2) There are many different cache programs available to optimize XP. My personal favorite is tweakXP.
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 - 9:41 am:   

Another thing to look at is the SDRAM settings in the BIOS. PC100 or PC133 CAS latency should be set to a minimum of 2. DDR SDram CAS latency at 2.5. You didn't specify which you are using so check your bios settings.
Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2003 - 5:02 am:   

Windows 98SE dies very often with more than 512MB of ram. And runs very slowly. And doesnt use it.

if running win98, remove ram until you only have 512MB!!! (send me the rest!)

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