Problems trying to install additional DIMM modules :(

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    Unhappy Problems trying to install additional DIMM modules :(

    Hi there,

    I've got a problem trying to add new SDRAM modules to my system.
    First of all, this is my System Mainboard:

    Manufacterer: Biostar
    Model: M7VKA
    BIOS ID: 09/06/2000-8363-686A-6A6LMB09C-00
    Chipset: VIA KT133/A Chipset

    At the moment, I've got a single DIMM module:

    Memory Module 1: Spec Tek 128MB 8x(16Mx8) SDRAM PC133U-333-542 (CL3 upto 133MHz) (CL2 upto 100MHz)

    I have downloaded the latest driver for my mobo.

    And, here goes my problem:

    I cannot install any other DIMM module but the one that came with the system.
    I have tried with the following modules:

    1x64MB PC100
    1x128MB PC100
    1x128MB PC133
    1x256MB PC133

    I tried several different combinations, module by module, and trying with the original one as well.

    Whenever I try to use another SDRAM module, the computer will beep every two seconds. It will turn on, and you can hear how it's reading the HD and CD/DVD drives; but nothing comes on the screen.

    I contacted, more or less, Fujitsu (as you can guess, my system is a Fujitsu) and they don't help. All they know is that the Earth is kind of rounded, but not much more. I've tried to contact the mobo manufacturer as well, but it seems that I've got problems with their web (just the bit related to support).

    Any ideas????

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    I guess you've already found this, and it doesn't look a great deal of help, but here's the mobo manual.
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    Thanks RobR, I already got it, but it doesn't say too much about it.

    But thanks anyway

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    .....or this from the Kingston memory guide??

    Code:
    M7MKB, M7MKE, M7VKA, M7VKB  
    
    
     
      64MB PC133 DIMM CL3                 KVR133X64C3/64
      128MB Single-Sided PC133 DIMM CL3   KVR133X64C3SS/128
      256MB Single-Sided PC133 DIMM CL3   KVR133X64C3SS/256
    Number on the right (i.e. KV133 etc) is Kingston Part number.

    or maybe some useful stuff here?
    Last edited by RobR; 05-25-2002 at 06:02 AM.
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    Thumbs up THANKS

    Aha...

    so looking to your post, it seems that I need single sided PC133 CL3 DIMM modules..

    I guess the other modules I've got aren't CL3, but CL2 for example. Damn!

    Thanks a lot Rob

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    No problem Amigo!
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    Rob, how in the world did you get that information from the Kingston site?

    I'm trying to get the same results, but I don't find how to search for the proper memory for a selected mobo, how did you do it?

    BTW, their memory is incredible expensive. I think I'll try to sell my mobo, and buy another one which is compatible with my other DIMMs, what do you say?

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    Google Search-Master!!

    Simple. I did a search with
    simms biostar m7vkb problem
    as the key words. Comes up with one reference to a PDF file. Open that, QED.

    As to a new MOBO, is it worth searching for that memory spec with some other suppliers first?? Maybe on a sale-or-return basis??
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    dont worry, you werent the only 1 that needed showing how to get the relevant motherboard info...i tried in vain , search here and there with no luck...then somebody showed me the light.
    Such is life.

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    Re: Google Search-Master!!

    Originally posted by RobR
    Simple. I did a search with as the key words. Comes up with one reference to a PDF file. Open that, QED.

    As to a new MOBO, is it worth searching for that memory spec with some other suppliers first?? Maybe on a sale-or-return basis??
    Mr R., I tried that, with my mobo's name "M7VKA" and didn't work as expected. It did work for the model "M7VKB" though. But thanks lot, now I know what type of memory I'm looking for; I just didn't think it'd have to be that especific. Why the hell do they make so many different models/types?

    Fountain: so what mobo and SDRAM have you got?

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