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    ram problem!!!

    I just put in a new stick of ram which is 256mb and then when i go to check it in my computer. It only says 64mb of ram why is it only reading that much of the ram. Is there a special way to install it because i thought u just line it up and pressed down on it untill it clicked into place. Well hopefully someone can help me with this problem.

    Im running windows xp
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    Could be a couple of reasons why it's doing that.

    1) Was this stick of RAM certified and fully approved to work with your motherboard? Or was it just "any old stick of RAM that probably should work in any system?" People really shouldn't grab just any stick of RAM and cram it into any motherboard, the RAM should be chosen by a process such as a selection guide that your RAM manufacturer should have. Brand of motherboard/system==>specific model of motherboard/system==>Produces a list of their RAM parts that have been tested, approved, and guaranteed compatible with your system.

    2) BIOS upgrade...as RAM sticks got denser (higher amounts of memory)...each individual chip on that RAM stick gets larger. Example...a 64 meg stick of RAM....may be setup in various ways. One side of the stick might have 8x chips on it..single sided...each chip being 8 megs in size. Or years ago, it might have had both sides of the stick covered, so 16 chips total, 4 megs each. Motherboard BIOS has to be able to fully recognize the capacity of each individual chip...and that's where a lot of older motherboard have problems. They might be only able to read individual chips up to 8 megs in size, or 16 megs, or possibly 32 megs. So if you put in a stick of RAM with chips of larger size than your mobo's BIOS can read....whatever is above that size goes unrecognized. This can sometimes be fixed by flashing/upgrading your BIOS to a later version.
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    How would i go about finding the BIOS manufacturer so i can download the files and update it.



    thanks for your help so far
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    well i finally found out the spec. here they are hopefully someone can help me find a site so i can upgrade this.

    BIOS Type - Award Modular BIOS/G400 R1.11

    BIOS Date - 04/28/98

    BIOS ID - 04/28/98-i430VX-SMC37C93-2A59GB3JC-00

    OEM Sign-On - PACKARD BELL BIOS version v1.25I

    Super I/O - SMC 93x rev 1 found at port 370h

    Chip Set - Intel Triton 430VX rev 2

    O.S. - Microsoft Windows XP Version: 5.1.2600 Service Pack 1

    CPU - 6x86MX

    Speed - 199 MHz

    Max Speed - Unknown
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