What types of memory should be used?

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Hey all, get ready for a long story... Ok, my dad's co-worker needed a computer, so I started building one for her. We went to Fry's Electronic's and bought a AMD Athlon XP 2600+ Processor, ABIT (KD7) Motherboard, Legacy 256MB PC2700 DDR-RAM, BTC 52x24x52 CD-RW Burner, and a RaidMax Case(350W PSU). I used an old video card, CD-ROM Drive, Floppy Drive, and a nearly new HD. When I installed Windows XP, and it all ran fine. We put it in her house and it worked fine for about 2 1/2 weeks. Then it stopped turning on after she turned it off one day. She called me and I looked at it. No matter what it wouldn't turn on, so I guessed it was the power supply. We took the entire case back to Fry's Electronics and got a new case (Same one). I took it back to my house and rebuilt it. Same damn problem. After looking at it we decided to switch the power supply with another one I had to test it. This time it turned on for about a second then turned back off no matter what. We took out add-on cards, unplugged the IDE and power cords from the CD-ROMs and HD, took out various components trying to find out what was wrong. Nothing changed it. We then decided it must have been the motherboard, we returned to Fry's Electronics again. I rebuilt the computer again, same problem. We then decided to take the entire computer, with all the boxes and receipts to Fry's Electronics. They were very nice about it, and even got a tech to look at all the components. After testing them he said the video card was bad, and the power supply. We got a Geforce 2 (They aren't going to do anything with a need for a good card) and we picked a different case from Enermax(350W PSU). We brought them back to the tech and he tested the all the components again. He discovered there was something wrong with the Processor, and he got another one (Exactly the same) for us. I was like, cool, we found the problems, everything is good now. I was wrong, I took it home and rebuilt it again. SAME PROBLEM. I tried doing many things to get it to work, but it wouldn't work. Then I discovered the motherboard had physical damage to it, and we returned it AGAIN. This time we got a totally different board, an Albatron KX4. I then completely dismantled the computer and went to my cousin’s house. He knows everything about computers and built it because he thought I was doing something wrong to make it not work. HE couldn't even get it to work. We took it back to my house, and I talked to another computer guy from school that I know. He didn't know what to do either. No matter what I do I can't get it to work. I don't know what's wrong, I'm completely confused, I need help. I must have left something out somewhere, so ask me about any info you need. Thanks in advance.

Blake

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This question was answered on September 15, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Through all that changing and exchanging of parts i didnt hear you say that you replaced the RAM module Most cases, a problem like yours is caused by the RAM I had a situation where the RAM was the wrong type and it kept rebootting the CPU

These are the specifications for your motherboards memory modules

3 x 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets

Support DDR333/266/200 unbuffered ECC/none-ECC DDR SDRAM

Supports up to 3GB memory

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on September 15, 2003