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mikep56

Hibernation and Memory Issues

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Hi All,

Just a little tale about hibernation and memory for your amusement.

My trusty "workhorse" is an AMD Athlon 64 2.4 GHz in a Biostar Group N68PA-M2T 5.0 motherboard. I am running XP Pro with SP3 and all hotfixes installed. I am not overclocked at all. This is a basic self built system that I put together in 2008. It originally had only 1 Gig of generic DDR2-667 RAM, but it ran without lockups, blue screens, etc. I would shut down using Hibernate and all was good; about every 2 weeks or so I would shutdown just to get a clean reboot.

Shortly after I added another 1 Gig of generic RAM, and immediately when trying to hibernate the PC would lock up. I would have to power down and power up to reboot. So I gained 1 Gig of RAM to 2 Gig, but I lost the ability to hibernate.

My system stayed this way until just recently when I bought 4 sticks of Kingston DDR2 memory. I tried to add just 2 sticks of Kingston to bring my PC up to it's max of 4 Gig, but the PC would not even boot; it was spitting out BIOS beep codes. I tried reseating to no avail. I finally thought " The hell with this bs! " So I pulled the 2 generic sticks out and added the other 2 sticks of Kingston, bringing me up to 4 Gig of Kingston in my PC.

Like magic, not only do I have 4 Gig of DDR2 in my PC, but it now hibernates again.

So much for memory compatibility, eh?

Regards,

Mike

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Not all RAM is the same, and sometimes they are even mislabelled. Plus one of those two could have been bad, did you run Memtest on them?

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Hi Tripredacus,

Yes I ran memtest86, I think it was. Once I determined that I had questionable RAM, I just bought 4 sticks of the good stuff. It is just funny that the system ran with the 2 good sticks but wouldn't hibernate with them.

Mike

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