Re: Fixing RAM frequency
On your motherboard, check to see which slots you need to put the memory in for dual channel. It's probably not the first 2 memory slots. On my motherboard (Asus) I had to put the dual channel ram in the 1st and 3rd ram slots. Check your motherboard's manual to see which slots you need to put the ram in for dual channel.
When all else fails...Ham Radio!
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