[rescue] Alpha RAM question

Geoffrey S. Mendelson gsm at mendelson.com
Wed Jan 9 02:13:05 CST 2008

On Wed, Jan 09, 2008 at 10:06:36AM +0200, Jonathan Groll wrote:
> A friend of mine gave me a pack of 256MB 168 pin RAM (the packet
> says for Alpha/PWS), which I would like to use in my AlphaServer800,
> but the RAM is ever-so-slightly different:


> most groove after the first group of 10 pins is 1mm or so too far to
> the right.
> I suspect that if I got to work on the one groove with a nail file I
> *could* make em fit. Can anyone shed some light on why this RAM is
> keyed differently? Take it is a given that I know very little about
> Alpha hardware!

It won't work and could damage the motherboard. The RAM is basicaly the
same EXCEPT the chips are 5 volt in one and 3.3 volt in the other.


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