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Motherboard and XP Memory Issues

By davidmk81 ·
I have been racking my brain tryin so many tips to get my motherboard/xp to register the right amount of memory installed on my system. I have had had this system running this same memory for a while and never had a issue until i took out the sticks and used it on another system which also ran the ram fine. both systems are the same and campat with the orginal ram. The other day after having the system unpulgged for a few months i notice that the system was only showing 16mb of ram and once i put in the another stick it the bois still said 16mb shared memory. After reading pots and changing things in the bois and resetting the cmos i was finally able to install windows xp. This was only after i changed the bois setting for shared memory to 8mg not 16mb. Oh yea forgot i also had to set the set the bois to onboard video even though i dont use any other video card. As you would think the xp install took forever and also for the first load of xp. When i go to my computer specs it says im running 56mb of ram. I thought that one if the sticks was bad but i can only get the system to work with both sticks and again in the im clearly getting ram from both sticks. I have also changed the slots they were in no luck. Here are my specs from belarc advisor and it always shows my motherboard # but now it wont. Please help me if you have any advice please let me know =)

Operating System System Model
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States) No details available
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
1.80 gigahertz AMD Duron
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
64 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Not hyper-threaded Bus Clock: 66 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 062710 07/15/97
Drives Memory Modules c,d
70.75 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
52.18 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

LG CD-RW CED-8120B [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Maxtor 2F030J0 [Hard drive] (30.75 GB) -- drive 0, s/n F13VFNEE, rev VAM51JJ0, SMART Status: Healthy
ST340014A [Hard drive] (40.02 GB) -- drive 1, s/n 5JXA8SF3, rev 3.06, SMART Status: Healthy 56 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot '0' has 32 MB
Slot '1' has 32 MB
Slot '2' is Empty
Slot '3' is Empty
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 30.75 GB 29.20 GB free
d: (FAT32 on drive 1) 15.71 GB 15.71 GB free
e: (NTFS on drive 1) 24.29 GB 7.27 GB free

Network Drives
None detected
Users (mouse over user name for details) Printers
local user accounts last logon
dj 5/7/2002 12:53:16 AM (admin)
local system accounts
Administrator never (admin)
Guest never
HelpAssistant never
SUPPORT_388945a0 never

Marks a disabled account; Marks a locked account None detected
Controllers Display
Standard floppy disk controller
Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller]
SiS PCI IDE Controller SiS 300/305/630/540/730 [Display adapter]
NUL 15.2 [Monitor] (15.2"vis, January 2001)
Bus Adapters Multimedia
SiS 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller (2x) MPU-401 Compatible MIDI Device
SiS 7018 Audio Driver
Standard Game Port
USB Audio Device
Virus Protection [Back to Top] new Group Policies
No details available None discovered
Communications Other Devices

SiS 900 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
primary Auto IP Address: *i took this out for secure reasons*
Gateway: *i took this out for secure reasons*
Dhcp Server: *i took this out for secure reasons*
Physical Address: *i took this out for secure reasons*

Networking Dns Servers: *i took this out for secure reasons*
*i took this out for secure reasons*
HID-compliant consumer control device (2x)
HID-compliant device (2x)
USB Human Interface Device (3x)
HID Keyboard Device
Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Microsoft PS/2 Mouse
USB Composite Device (2x)
USB Root Hub (2x)

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Surprised It Even Boots

by TheChas In reply to Motherboard and XP Memory ...

Well, as to your first concern.

With 64 MB of system RAM and 8 MB dedicated to your on-board video, Windows is correct that you have a grand total of 56 MB of system RAM.

The shared memory that you set aside for the on-board video is subtracted from your installed RAM to result in your available RAM.

64-8=56 straight forward.

What I cannot explain is how you could even install XP, let alone run, with so little RAM.

If you can find 2-256 MB memory modules for this computer, you will be amazed by how much better it will run. You could even change the BIOS setting to dedicate 16 MB to video and end up with 496 MB of system RAM.


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Yeah, I'm amazed.

by seanferd In reply to Surprised It Even Boots

The system is a bit old for XP, but with 512MB, it should be OK.

Some minor points:

"i also had to set the set the bois to onboard video even though i dont use any other video card."

It has to be set there if you don't use another video card. You may want to clear the BIOS and let it all re-detect. Or possibly, the battery is dying.

It could be a similar issue with the memory detection problem. But make sure you are putting the sticks in the right slots if there are more than 2. The problem may also have been that they were not fully seated, or that the contacts were dirty enough to cause a problem.

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