Subject: Re: Why is my RAM Frying?
To: Steven M. Bellovin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: David Shaw <email@example.com>
Date: 03/14/2005 20:46:08
Well, the RAM is the same (PC2100 Kingston, two 256MB sticks) that was
in the machine for a long time (~3 years) when that computer was my
gaming machine. It worked flawlessly (as far as I know).
Now, that machine is my server. The only change in the computer is a
different hard drive, and a lack of a DVD drive (I took it out). I'm
trying to figure out why the RAM died now, instead of earlier. It
could just be a similarity, but I'm trying as hard as I can to find
any connection between the two servers and their RAM issues.
- David Shaw
On Mon, 14 Mar 2005 23:25:45 -0500, Steven M. Bellovin
> In message <firstname.lastname@example.org>, David Shaw writes:
> >It was even cooler... I suppose that rules out overheating as an issue?
> It would seem to.
> Have you checked your BIOS configuration for speed, wait cycles, etc?
> Are you sure your memory is the right speed for your motherboard? (I'm
> grasping at straws here...) Have you tried running one SIMM at a time?
> I once had a laptop where either card alone tested fine, but but
> together generated random failures. The cause was apparently
> capacitance right on the edge of the spec. I eventually ended up
> ordering two new DIMMs from a single vendor; that worked.
> --Prof. Steven M. Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb
[ David Shaw ]