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Memory not recognized on boot

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December 30, 2005 11:43:17 PM

I have two sticks of 64 MB SDRAM in my PCChips motherboard but the system only recognizes 64 mb on boot. If I go into system performance tab it indicates I have 128 MB of RAM. Is this a problem? Am I actually only using 64 mb of ram or 128? I don't get any memory errors and all programs run fine. I'm using Win98 SE, 1 GHz Pentium iii.

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December 31, 2005 12:39:49 AM

Are they in the right slots for a bank pair?
January 1, 2006 12:04:17 AM

I have them set in the first two slots. I just purchased a 256 MB stick today which I'll put in tomorrow and see what happens.
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January 1, 2006 12:24:14 AM

Well if windows lists it but not bios then it could be using it, usually these problems can be fixed with a Bios flash on old PC100/133 ram boards... I had an old socket7 that only recognized 1/4 of my 128mb chip before i flashed its bios
January 1, 2006 6:03:46 PM

Okay, I installed each stick of 64 mb one at a time and one of them was bad (computer just beeped when turned on) so I threw out the bad stick. Then I installed the 256 mb stick I just bought (PC133) and the remaining 64 mb stick (PC100) and after adjusting the DRAM timing the PC booted up fine. It still seems like I am losing some ram somewhere because it only acknowledges 281 mb of ram but works fine so I'm not going to worry about it. Thanks for your help. Ron
January 2, 2006 2:15:35 AM

the lost ram could be used by Integrated graphics if you have that