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DDR Motherboard Take SDRAM?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by JR North, Jul 11, 2004.

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  1. JR North

    JR North Guest

    I hope I can finish this before my system stalls.....
    I have a thermal failure in my motherboard, which is causing
    the system to stall as it warms up. It's a 1 gig Athalon
    Socket A which uses SDRAM. All the current boards say DDR
    sockets. Will a DDR memory motherboard accept the 1.5 GB
    SDRAM I have on my board, or do I have to pony up for DDR
    memory too when I replace it?
    I hate this crap....
  2. AC/DCdude17

    AC/DCdude17 Guest

    X-No-Archive: Yes

    Nope, different socket.

    I believe there are a handful of slightly older board with both DDR and
    SDRAM sockets though.
  3. How do you know you have a 'thermal failure'? Have you looked at the
    diagnostic data supplied by your bios? The real heat generator is
    usually the processor. Is it possible you've just lost a fan? They do
    fail occasionally, and they are much cheaper than motherboards, ram,
    processors, etc.

    Bob Monsen
  4. Chaos Master

    Chaos Master Guest

    JR North said:
    What is generating the excessive heat? This is the first part of all
    troubleshooting of PC motherboards.

  5. Jupitersally

    Jupitersally Guest

    Now this thing is something that I wish too worked ;)
    Unfortunately, DDR sockets are mechanically very different from the
    SDRAM sockets. So not much hope of using SDRAM sticks on DDR boards. I
    guess you can still find boards that have SDRAM sockets, but these
    generally have aged chipsets.

  6. AC/DCdude17

    AC/DCdude17 Guest

    X-No-Archive: Yes

    There are plenty of other reasons to cause the symptom you're having.

    1. BIOS settings
    2. Memory error (Lower the CAS latency to 3 if it's at 2.5 or 2 now)
    3. Processor overheat. Check fan bearing. The thing can get draggy and
    slow the fan down.
    4. You cracked the Athlon core somehow. (not too hard to do)
  7. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    there is one common problem with some of the older athlons
    set ups.
    remove the fan from the cpu heat sink and clean out the
    remove the heat sink from the cpu. the heat sink tape that
    is put there by many garbage heat sink makers many times
    hardens up and displaces causes the cpu to not get cooled.
    clean it off to make both sides smooth..
    use heat sink compound and spread it thin so that to insure
    proper contact.
    also remove the CPU from the socket and spray it with contain
    another problem that happens is when the CPU runs hot to many
    times the socket warps and thus contact problem exists.
    i have solved many!!!!!!!!!!! problems this way...
    also determine if the problem is there with or with out the
    cover on the box.
    i have found many!!!! times the port hole in the front of the
    cabinet gets clogged with dust and then you have to air getting into
    the box. leaving the cover off the box may allow the PC to continue
    operating! this is a good indication along with the first steps i gave you.
  8. john doe

    john doe Guest

    You could salvage two of the cips if you need to.

    MSI KM2M Combo-L

    Later you could pony up for DDR memory and later still you could upgrade
    to a better mainboard, give the Combo-L to your little brother (or
    sister), and take the two DDRs with you. Pay as you go.

    But better IMO to do it all at once if possible.

    Good luck.
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