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#1 12/15/11 6:57 PM

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Today, I decided to add another stick of Kingston DDR2 ValueRAM to the minecraft server (using an AMD 760G chipset). Unfortunately, when all of the RAM slots on the motherboard are populated, the server was unable to successfully load the operating system. Simply put, after loading, the operating system would output a completely black screen (whether Windows XP, Windows 2003, or Ubuntu).

The RAM in question is meant to run at 800 MHz. Unfortunately, budget AMD motherboards are notorious for having issues running memory at stock clocks. Luckily, there are two ways that you can fix this issue. If you don't feel like fiddling around too much, you can go into the BIOS and lower the working frequency of your memory (i.e., 800 to 667 MHz). If you want your memory to run as advertised, you will need to incrementally bump all of your voltages up (I recommend just going +0.05, but +0.1 might be okay). This includes the Northbridge, RAM, and even HT.

Worse comes to worst, inspect the area around your RAM slots for bulging capacitors - you could have a faulty motherboard!


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