I ended up swaping out the one 256 chip for two 128 chips out of the beige, the smurf works like a charm now. I don't know if the ram is bad, or if OSX just doesn't like it. oh well maybe the 256 chip will work better in my beige. if not i'll be giving a call to other world computing and getting some of their PC 133 ram. seems to be a descent price there.

thanks all
2.4gHz 15" MacBook Pro, 1.66gHz Core Duo Mac Mini, 2.5gHz G5 QUAD, 733mHz Quicksilver, 450mHz G4 Cube, 700mHz G3 iBook, 350mHz Sawtooth G4, 350mHz Revs. A and B B&W G3, 16mHz Powerbook 100, 8mHz Macitosh Classic.