Help with Dell ram

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Hi guys, I ran into a weird problem and was hopin someone might have seen this one. A friend has a Dell - 2.2ghz, 1 stick 256mb 333mhz pc2700 ram, intel xtreme graphics 2, and other basic components. he wanted to add 1 stick of 512 mb ram. he went to best buy and bought a stick of PNY ram. the package said it was 512 mb DDR for 400/333 mhz pc2100/pc2700/pc3200. after installing it when he booted up his display was completely messed up, all black and white lines and distorted. he upgraded his display driver. nothin. after he took out the new ram and reinstalled the old one. the display was ok again. i looked in the bios and his MB FSB works at 400 mhz. and the ram is detected. any idea why this happened? thx

ps he's using Windows 98se ( i know...why? he has a couple proprietary apps for his business that only work in 98).
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Did you try using just the new ram? or swapping the spots of the ram on the motherboard? Sometimes, if you have two different clock speeds of ram in one motherboard, the placement of the ram is sometimes finnicky. If you are concerned that it may be defective ram, do a search for memtest86 and use it to check your ram for errors.
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Don't go to Best Buy for computer parts #1.

#2 The whole DDR400/333 PC2100/PC2700/PC3200 should be a "STAY AWAY" in bright neon lights. If your computer needs PC2700 DDR333, you get "PC2700 DDR333."

#3 you would have seen better performance if you had gotten a second 256mb chip identical to the current one and put it in Dual Channel mode.

#4 Don't buy computer parts from Best Buy.

#5 put XP or Vista on the machine and put the programs in "Compatibility Mode" or just buy new programs.

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