Subject: Re: Why is my RAM Frying?
To: Steven M. Bellovin <>
From: David Shaw <>
List: netbsd-users
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
<> wrote:
> In message <>, 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,

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