Questions about ram
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okay When you're buying ram your NOT supposed to just buy a stick and slap it in there right. Well I went on "Crucial.com" and used the system scan and bought a stick of ram. The max ram my pc can use is 8GBs and I already had 4GBs so i just thought that i'd buy another 4GB stick. and it work(ED) and i was playing games and stuff but after a while my computer wouldn't boot up while the other stick was installed. So i need some help. I NEED 8GBs to play video games here is what i get when i run the scan thing

http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/scanview/0F28060A31D926C3
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What games are you playing that REQUIRE 8 GB/s of ram.

Not all ram is the same, btw.
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Posted 10/9/14 , edited 10/9/14

Lowlights wrote:

What games are you playing that REQUIRE 8 GB/s of ram.

Not all ram is the same, btw.


i knoooooow my computer is running windows 8. If you read the requirments for games Pc's running WIndows8 need more ram. I think it's because the Metro thing is always running in the backgroud (The touchscreen tile thing) Most games i try to play say that i need like 4 -5-6 GBs but out of my 4GB 1.3GBs is always unusable because it's needed for the OS

PC gaming is so complicated that I just went and bought a PS4 cause i can't be bothered :'3 and i know they're different crucial.com is supposed to scan and tell me what ram stick is compatible, I just want someone (Like yourself) to tell me what yo would recommend getting.
Posted 10/9/14 , edited 10/9/14
Wish I could help but I don't really have experience with laptops/notebooks. Usually when buying new ram though I just buy 2-4(depending on the computer and how many slots it has) sticks at the same time so they are exact duplicates. I don't know if it is true anymore but I did it that way to prevent bottlenecking with the dual channel memory. Your problem sounds like a stick just went bad either by being defective if it was the new one or just by going out if it was the old. From my limited knowledge I might suggest something like this:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4680518&CatId=11466

From everything I found through searches it should work fine for it.

By the way... Which card do you have to remove in order for it to boot up? If it is the new one how long did it last before this problem happened? You might be able to contact who you got it from and have it replaced.
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Posted 10/10/14
From my experience with swapping rams you may have two different types or even different companies that aren't compatible.
test boot with each stick using only one stick to boot.
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Posted 10/11/14 , edited 10/11/14
RAM is RAM when it comes to most notebooks. Only when you start delving into performance desktops does manufacture differences and specs really come into play.

You can do max 8GB of DDR3-1600 or DDR3-1333. Compatibility is not questionable when you go with the same vendor, but rarely does it cause issues.


If it worked, and suddenly now it doesn't.... go re-seat them, and make sure they're in all the way. If it still doesn't work, and it wont boot up with just the single stick exchange it, and get another one.





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Posted 10/11/14
That sounds strange if it worked for a moment before. Maybe bios update helps? Also checking from the motherboard manual instead of online scans the supported memories is better idea I think.

As Sir_jamesalot said better to test individual memory sticks. Usually different memories should work together if the motherboard supports both of them, but it's better if they have the same amount of memory. If the sticks have different speeds, the performance is based on the lowest factor, but in RAM it doesn't make so much difference afterall.
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Posted 10/11/14
Make sure the ram sticks are at the same clock speed
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Posted 11/3/14
Nowadays clock speeds and access times don't matter. If one stick is slower than the other, the faster one just slows down a bit. Even mixing brands doesn't matter much anymore.

If it worked and then stopped, I'd say your problem is possibly that the RAM isn't seated right, or that you've broken something.

As far as 8gb goes, you don't need it. It's nice, but you don't need it. Windows 8 is more or less 7 with a new coat of paint and a lot of under-the-hood efficiency fixes. If anything, it uses less RAM than 7 did.
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