Another RAM question

By vale46 ยท 33 replies
Feb 7, 2009
  1. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    motherboards are set up two ways to activate the dual channel mode.

    1)identical memory modules need to be placed in the first and second DIMMS and 3&4 if using 4 module
    2) they need to be installed every other dimm(1&3 and if using 4 modules 2&4. thats why the sockets are of 2 different colors

    check your Motherboard manual to see which one it assuming you have 4 memory slots,and that its dual channel capable, if not then its really easy lol

    have to run for a few Vale, let me know what you find out if you would
    nite for now.....nite Kim :)
  2. vale46

    vale46 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 160

    I only have 2 slots aarrgghhhhhh lol hahaha there is only 2 slots for ram, does that make sence peeps
  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    yes it does, some mobos only have two. did you look it up? does it support dual channel?
  4. vale46

    vale46 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 160

    Hi Red, i have looked everywhere and cant find any info what so ever.
    CPUz says the motherboard is called

    PackarbBell BV PT 890-8237A

    Yet on the board itself it says

    FOXCONN N15235
    PT 890 7MB 208ERS2H

    Dont know what to do now mate !!! ;(

    CPUz states it is single channel so how can i make it dual if at all ?

    Thanks mate.

    I tried contacting FOXCONN but its an online help system and i cant get past the section where i have to select my motherboard because it isnt listed, which tell me that if you dont have the latest one FOXCONN dont give a **** about you !!!
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    packard bell!!??? yikes! havent seen one of those in a long time. the reason it says packard bell and foxconn is because foxconn made a proprietary board for packard bell. i will look it up and find out what i can, but its probably a single channel memory board. you cant make it a dual channel board. dual channel is a motherboard arcitecture, not a type of ram. a motherboard upgrade might be a good investment?
  6. vale46

    vale46 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 160

    Jeezzzz our lass (wife) wont go for that Red lol ;)
    I guess any advise or tweeks you can suggest for me is all i can do mate. Really appreciate the time your giving me....cheers buddy.
    I am defo stuck with what i have as i have only just bought this PC after many weeks of convincing the wife its exactly what i needed, to be fair it does what i want it to do brilliantly i only put the extra gig of ram in it because it was really cheap.
    How bad is it if its only single channel ? everything works and it is pretty fast !
    I blame all of you for getting me revved up on this dual thingy hahahahahaha only joking ;)

    I await your knowledge lol ;)
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    LOL, well my lass just let me spend 500 quid to build a 3x crossfire rig! brilliant bird she is! LOL...sorry...couldnt resist.:haha:
    i did manage to find a forum where it confirmed it is a single channel memory board.
    im just suprised as the vast majority of newer boards are' dual thingies'..:) but if its doing the job for you now,maybe upgrade the mobo after a while. what do you use your machine for anyway? i might be able to help you with some tweaks to squeeze the most out of it.
  9. vale46

    vale46 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 160

    Nobody likes a poser ;P lol lol
    I use my pc mainly for 3D art, i have some amazing programs called 3DsMAX2008, VUE6 Extreme and POSER 7 no pun intended, its a character creating program lol
    All these programs are (I am told) processor and ram hungry for the rendering ellement, although they dont take much video card ram.
    Its a texture map thingy lol that eats up virtual memory so sometimes i have to save my work, close the program to clear the cache and then open and render, 9 out of ten times i have no problems, like i said i only got the other 1 extra gig cos it is so so cheap.
    OK, so what tweeks do you suggest Red, i am up for trying anything.
    I defrag once a week, run scans and all that crap every week. My pc boots up in about40 seconds so i would like to think its in good order.
    Kimsland once suggested dissabling the shared memory from my 256mb nvidia card but i dont have any options in the nvidia controll panel to do that so maybe a bios thing ? i wouldnt be too sure how to set about that, guidiance would be a must.

    Come RED hit me with some tweeks, that Killians is on the bar waiting lol

    Oh yer i do a lot of photo manipulation too via PaintshopPro 9

    Thanks for any ideas buddy.

    Oh and another yer lol dont know what good it does but i have a high speed 2gig usb flash sandisk stick, stuck in the back of the machine being used as a vista memory boost as i read it frees up cache access because the pc can use it quicker from a usb then access it from the HD ? dont know if it does any good but i dont miss the stick so unless its detrementle to the system i would be happy to leave it there ? It does do something beacuse when i open a program the light on the memory stick flashes in unison with the PC HD light !?

    What do you think ?

    P.S. thanks Kimsland for the manual link ;)
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