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Had it been 'slightly slower' you could have been forcing the computer to go into single channel memory mode from dual channel, or the memory bus could be running slower to cope with the extra load (this odd effect is the default with some chipsets, because the extra capacitance on the bus makes it hard to run the bus as fast, so the bios 'silently' slows the bus down - nice).
But those should have been 'slightly slower' not 'very slow', so I guess its something else. If you are still having trouble, posting some hardware details might reveal a few more clues.