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Captain Fist

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#1 11 years ago

A few weeks ago, I ordered a Gig of RAM, my mom and I tried to installed it, but it wasn't compatible with my current hardware, apparently. We restarted, I did a dxdiag, it said I had a Gig, my normal, unmodified amount. All the chips were in the right place when we rearranged them.

A few weeks ago, I noticed certain games to be getting very slow or crashing (Oblivion and Warcraft III) none of the conventional fixes applied, I did another dxdiag for the people on the Elder Scrolls forums, and noticed, while glancing at it, I noticed, for Memory, it said "510 RAM" I checked under my computer, 512 Megabytes of RAM. Well, it looks like I found the solution. So, my mom opened the case and reset the RAM chips, and it still said I only had 512 Megabytes. We can't afford taking it Circuit City, so, I was wondering angrily, why is my computer only detecting half of my RAM?




marvinmatthew

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#2 11 years ago

So, your saying that infact, you have one gig of ram installed?

How is the gig distributed? Is it one, one gig stick, two 512mb sticks, or four 25mb sticks?




Captain Fist

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#3 11 years ago

It's in the form of 2 512 Sticks.




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#4 11 years ago

It could be that the memory slot on your motherboard is no longer working which would mean you'd have to get a new mobo unless you have an extra slot to put the memory.

On the other hand it could be that one of your 512 sticks has gone bad and you need to figure out which one it is and replace it.

Just out of curiosity have you looked in BIOS to see how much memory BIOS is reading your machine as having?




Captain Fist

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#5 11 years ago

I don't know what a BIOS is.

I don't think it's the motherboard, I bought this bitch 2 years ago, it might be one of the sticks. I won't know until I get some clarification.




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#6 11 years ago

BIOS can be accessed by continually hitting the F2 button as your computer is starting up. It allows you to make various hardware changes and it'll also give you an overview of whats currently installed in your machine.

While I would hate for it to be your motherboard I would be so quick to say that its not until you've first tested both of your sticks of RAM one at a time in each of the memory slots to make sure they are both still working.




Captain Fist

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#7 11 years ago

That's what I tried to do when my Mom was screwing with it, she wasn't listening.

Alright, if I test Both sticks, and they both work, in both slots (So that would be rebooting what, 4 Times?) I'm left to assume it's a motherboard problem?




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#8 11 years ago
Lord Anubis;3824496BIOS can be accessed by continually hitting the F2 button as your computer is starting up. [...]

Depends on the motherboard, and as far as I know on most it's the DEL key ...




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#9 11 years ago

You might get a screen right a the start of booting that says "Press F2* to enter Setup".

It's typically one of the F buttons, or Del. *Or whatever.




Captain Fist

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#10 11 years ago

And, my BIOS apparently believe that there is 512 RAM to. At least my mother is home again tonight.




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