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Old 06-11-2001, 09:22 PM   #1
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Geeze what fun I have been having! First I want to share with you something i found odd at least. First time I tried to install linux-mandrake 7.2 this whole computer started freezing. Lost windows even. After 4 formats yes 4 and many many hrs I remembered this tiny little perhaps unimportant thing. I had bought extra memory right before installing linux. Ok here's the catch I had 128/100 and bought 256/133. The tech installed it and said I just had to run at the lower speed. So never gave it another thought. Duh and double duh. I finally removed one just because i had tried everything else. Including a new video card!! I mean i ran into some money and nightmares. I now have the 256 only and have not had one freeze up in 3 days which is when I removed the 128!!! Talked to a friend with same freeze up and she removed one of her's and alas the same thing! Just a hint all! Ok now here's my problem hehe--you knew there was one coming right?! ok now when I reboot i keep getting "suggest using 133" as the speed. I know I change that in the bios but how?? Could someone please draw me a map? Please! And And while you are at I have this memory test problem now. I had to reset to the defaults and now my machine takes all of 5 minutes to go thru that memory test. How do I change that? I want to re-install linux now but first I would like it to be perfect.
 
Old 06-11-2001, 10:31 PM   #2
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Geeze what fun I have been having! First I want to share with you something i found odd at least. First time I tried to install linux-mandrake 7.2 this whole computer started freezing. Lost windows even. After 4 formats yes 4 and many many hrs I remembered this tiny little perhaps unimportant thing. I had bought extra memory right before installing linux. Ok here's the catch I had 128/100 and bought 256/133. The tech installed it and said I just had to run at the lower speed. So never gave it another thought. Duh and double duh. I finally removed one just because i had tried everything else. Including a new video card!! I mean i ran into some money and nightmares. I now have the 256 only and have not had one freeze up in 3 days which is when I removed the 128!!! Talked to a friend with same freeze up and she removed one of her's and alas the same thing! Just a hint all! Ok now here's my problem hehe--you knew there was one coming right?! ok now when I reboot i keep getting "suggest using 133" as the speed. I know I change that in the bios but how?? Could someone please draw me a map? Please! And And while you are at I have this memory test problem now. I had to reset to the defaults and now my machine takes all of 5 minutes to go thru that memory test. How do I change that? I want to re-install linux now but first I would like it to be perfect.
You can force your Front Side Bus to run at a lower clock frequency. ie: your CPU is an Intel P-III/866 which runs at the 133 MHz FSB setting. You can still run the CPU at 866MHz but using the 100MHz setting. Look at your ducumentation for your motherboard under the section CPU Installation. Read. Read More. Ask questions.
 
Old 06-13-2001, 02:11 PM   #3
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yeah I had the same memory problem a while back... everyone says 100 and 133 memory is compatible and that you just have to run it at the slower speed, but when I did that I had crashes every few minutes and it was VERY frustrating.

Eventually i just took out the old memory, I think it's still in a box at home somewhere, waiting for a new computer project =)

Anyway, to answer your question, I think changing your memory speed depends on your BIOS and MB manufacturer since they all do things differently. On my machine I can go into the BIOS menu and alter the voltage and speed settings for both the CPU and the RAM on the same screen.

Sometimes they're tied together, so that if I adjust my machine to use a certain processor speed it automatically downgrades my memory to match (for example, a P2 333 uses 100MHz RAM while a P2 350 can use 133MHz RAM).

It sounds like your system was set to use 100MHz as the RAM speed since you were mixing speeds. All you need to do is go into your BIOS and adjust the settings for your CPU and RAM to get it to read 133MHz as the memory speed.

Oh and when you set everything to default it may have turned off things like "quick boot" and certain speedy shortcuts, now it's taking longer to scan through all the memory on your machine. Just go through the BIOS page by page (with the manual handy if possible) and do some tweaking.
 
  


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