Who Guessed RAM? [6400]

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Who Guessed RAM? [6400]

Hey,

After wiping the drive and installing 8.6 and having weird problems with that OS as well, I'm leaning toward thinking it is the RAM. Even used a know good hard drive with 9.1 and got address errors. Although it was a Mac with strange problems before the new RAM. RAM-O-Meter tells me the RAM is good.

So . . . I'm putting the old RAM back in and wiping and installing 8.6 on the original drive to see what happens.

Anybody else got a notion?

William
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if reseating it does nothing,

if reseating it does nothing, see if it's EDO or FPM or whatever... I remember when I was looking up info to upgrade my 6500, it said some boards take EDO better than FPM and vice versa.

THe only other similar odd problem I've had experience with was when I had a scsi terminator inline with an external dvd drive I was using; the terminator WASN'T necessary (not just because I was booting from an IDE hard drive) and would cause a couple different address errors or freezes at startup.. I took the terminator out of the chain and everything worked fine. There isn't a terminator on the scsi cable inside the tower is there?

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The terminator . . .

Hey,

The thing starts up fine. It doesn't freeze or crash (until I switched the hard drive and the one I put on had software for a G3 accelerator). It's just not installing things properly. Originally, when I got the RAM I was just gonna defrag the drive so I ran Norton's on it. Before I put the new RAM in I did the usual Disk Doctor thing and that just stopped and closed and every icon no longer had a name and when I restarted, all I got was "?" It's weird, I tell you, weird.

William
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did you check all the other s

did you check all the other stupid crap like cables, making sure the motherboard didn't have any surface mount stuff missing, etc etc? like all the little things that you wouldn't normally think of... the absurdity of the problem almost makes me wish I had my hands on it to see for myself Blum 3

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Absurd? Ha!

Hey,

Bad hard drive. Didn't tip over the edge until Norton's ran on it. After that it was half-done toast. Yanked it, popped in a 6 gig and put 8.6 on it. Sweet piece of beige pastry now. Thanks for all the suggestions and the support.

William
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It never ends . . .

Hey,

After getting everything humming, it started doing the watch routine after the desktop loaded. Large barges of arrrrggggghhhh! Tracked it down to -- but of course -- AOL and the nonsense it installs. Ripped out all of the AOL stuff and the machine ran fine. Then I custom installed AOL leaving out the scheduler and something else. It was working when I left. I'll keep you posted. But the hard drive was also bad.

William

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Boy, that's been a lot of wor

Boy, that's been a lot of work so far on that $5 machine. But I know the feeling. I've succumbed to the "getting the darn thing to work, or else!" obsession, regardless of worth, myself, more times than I like to remember.

Maybe you should just convince the friend to dump AOL. You'd probably be doing him or her even more of a favor by doing that.

And you need to get back to that great film book you're writing, too. Sorry, that's none of my business, of course.

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$5 Machine?

Hey,

It was free. And no Mac kicks my butt. AOL people are hopeless. What can I say? They'll find their way somehow. And yeah, yeah, I'm back at the key board, I swear I am . . .

William
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