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RAM Help Needed!

By Saint N Sinner
Jul 22, 2007
  1. Hey guys!

    Here is the deal...

    ..A short time ago I upgraded from XP to Vista and with the kind help of a friend upgraded bits and bobs parts-wise inside my machine as its slightly out of date.

    Anyway, I purchased a 512MB of RAM from CEX about 1-2 months ago to add to my 256MB of RAM but there is where my problem lays...

    It will not pick up both of them, only the 256MB if they are both inserted, but the 512MB on its own with be fine but I would like both working at the same time.

    Here is the full spec of the 256 (which is written on the RAM) for those of higher knowledge..

    ELIXIR
    M1U25664DS88C3G-5T
    256MB DDR-400MHz - CL3
    PC3200U - 30330

    I am unsure of the 512MB as it is being used at the moment but I am pretty sure it is DDR, PC3200

    Any help would be gratefully recieved.
     
  2. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    Try (this program) "Everest" by Lavalyis co. This will give you the specs of all of your hardware in use. For some reason they are not willing to work together. Both ram slots are working? I am sure you probably all ready thought of these ideas, but just trying to help. If you want more ram again 2 gigs of ram is dropping in price a lot. Good Luck.
     
  3. Saint N Sinner

    Saint N Sinner TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for that, I am downloading it now and hopefully I will get to the bottom of this soon enough....

    I'l keep you posted..
     
  4. Saint N Sinner

    Saint N Sinner TS Rookie Topic Starter

    This enough info?

    Computer:
    Computer Type ACPI x86-based PC
    Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
    OS Service Pack -
    Internet Explorer 7.0.6000.16473
    DirectX DirectX 10.0
    Computer Name SAINTNSINNER-PC
    User Name Saint N Sinner
    Logon Domain SaintNSinner-PC
    Date / Time 2007-07-22 / 19:02

    Motherboard:
    CPU Type Intel Celeron D 335, 2800 MHz (21 x 133)
    Motherboard Name Gigabyte GA-8SIMLNF/NF7
    Motherboard Chipset SiS 651
    System Memory 256 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type Award Medallion (09/10/04)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    Display:
    Video Adapter GeForce FX 5500 (256 MB)
    Video Adapter GeForce FX 5500 (256 MB)
    3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce FX 5500
    Monitor Generic PnP Monitor [NoDB] (FEIC4A0249104)

    Multimedia:
    Audio Adapter SigmaTel STAC9750/51 @ SiS 7012 Audio Device

    Storage:
    IDE Controller SiS PCI IDE Controller
    Storage Controller Microsoft iSCSI Initiator
    Storage Controller SCSI/RAID Host Controller
    Disk Drive ST340014A ATA Device (40 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
    Disk Drive WDC WD800JB-00JJC0 ATA Device (74 GB, IDE)
    Optical Drive _NEC DVD_RW ND-3500AG ATA Device (DVD+R9:4x, DVD+RW:16x/4x, DVD-RW:16x/4x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/24x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW)
    Optical Drive WM9040S CMF773Z SCSI CdRom Device
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    You probably need a BIOS update. Either that, or one of the RAM slots is faulty. Speaking of which, does this problem occur with only one particular slot i.e. have you tried swapping the sticks around in different slots?
     
  6. Saint N Sinner

    Saint N Sinner TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have tried swapping the sticks time and time again, still no difference, how would I update my BIOS?

    Here is an updated version with the 512 inserted...

    Computer:
    Computer Type ACPI x86-based PC
    Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
    OS Service Pack -
    Internet Explorer 7.0.6000.16473
    DirectX DirectX 10.0
    Computer Name SAINTNSINNER-PC
    User Name Saint N Sinner
    Logon Domain SaintNSinner-PC
    Date / Time 2007-07-22 / 19:57

    Motherboard:
    CPU Type Intel Celeron D 335, 2800 MHz (21 x 133)
    Motherboard Name Gigabyte GA-8SIMLNF/NF7
    Motherboard Chipset SiS 651
    System Memory 512 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type Award Medallion (09/10/04)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    Display:
    Video Adapter GeForce FX 5500 (256 MB)
    Video Adapter GeForce FX 5500 (256 MB)
    3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce FX 5500
    Monitor Generic PnP Monitor [NoDB] (FEIC4A0249104)

    Multimedia:
    Audio Adapter SigmaTel STAC9750/51 @ SiS 7012 Audio Device

    Storage:
    IDE Controller SiS PCI IDE Controller
    Storage Controller Microsoft iSCSI Initiator
    Storage Controller SCSI/RAID Host Controller
    Disk Drive ST340014A ATA Device (40 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
    Disk Drive WDC WD800JB-00JJC0 ATA Device (74 GB, IDE)
    Optical Drive _NEC DVD_RW ND-3500AG ATA Device (DVD+R9:4x, DVD+RW:16x/4x, DVD-RW:16x/4x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/24x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW)
    Optical Drive WM9040S CMF773Z SCSI CdRom Device
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    Partitions:
    C: (NTFS) 76316 MB (35906 MB free)
    D: (NTFS) 32247 MB (16182 MB free)
    Total Size 106.0 GB (50.9 GB free)
     
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