Hello everyone,

I recently bought some Micron 512mb pc133 ram to upgrade my computer from 256mb. I origionally started with adding the 512 to the 256. The computer booted up fine and detected the new ram. The OS loaded(WinXP) and all was well(or so I thought).

As soon as I ran some higher memory intensive programs like Photoshop or a computer game, I experienced system pausing and the video turned to distorted triangular shaped artifacts on the screen. I figured it was becuase of the different ram sizes.

I pulled out the 256 and rebooted with the 512 in. Everything worked fine and came up to the desktop. As soon as I tried running mem intense programs again, the same thing happened.

I then borrowed another 256 meg stick and added it to my origional 256 and pulled out the 512 stick. Same thing happens.
I then tried two 256 meg sticks of the exact same brand and style. Still, same problem. Bear in mind that these were not registered ram. Any of the 256 meg sticks by themselves in the computer ran flawlessly.

Later on I just got a hold of some 512 meg registered Kingston ram and I get the same problem. It boots up fine until I run something that uses lots of ram. Here is my list of components.

Abit KT7A-RAID with latest BIOS
WinXP Proff. and Windows2k Proff.
40gb IBM deskstar ata100 (No RAID array or drivers installed)
SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 MP3 (only way to make card fully work is no RAID drivers installed with mobo)
Diamond Viper v770 ultra
Hercules Prophet 4500 w/TV out(tried both cards to see if vid problem, it wasn't)
Asound 10/100 NIC
US Robotics/3com Sportster 56K modem

Ram used:
Micron 2x128mb pc100 unreg
Micron 256mb unreg. pc133
Micron 512mb unreg. pc133
SimpleTechnologies 256mg unreg. pc133
Kingston 512mb reg pc133 ECC

Remember, any of the 256 mb sticks work fine in the computer if there is only one of them at a time. I have used 2 128meg Micron pc100 sticks successfully with no errors. That is the only multi stick mem combo successfully run. I have this problem in WinXP and Win2k. Anyone with comments? I have never run across a problem like this before and I am thinking my mobo is bad.

I had tried both vid cards just incase it might have been a video card problem with that much ram, but it didn't help. Any thoughts I might have left out to troubleshoot this problem? I need to get this traced down quickly before my return policy runs out on some of the extra ram I bought and didn't borrow.