Yes, a 1999 pc. Um upgrading a old pentium 450. I love old hardware and i love to bring it back to day to day use and that's what im doing here. I have lots of old and more or less recent hardware laying around. Im going to tell the "short" story of my project, if i can call it that so if you want to skip it and go directly to my question, please read the second half of the thread.
I giving the best upgrade such computer from that age can have. I removed the old cpu and added a slot1\socket 370 converter, and then added the best pentium III intel ever did, a Intel pentium III-S Tualatin at 1400mhz, then i added a bunch of new\old things. Old meaning the sound card, a ISA Soundblaster 16bit bigger than a geforce280, that works perfectly for 2.0 audio. Next i added a usb 2.0 pci adapter card with 5 usb 2.0 ports, a tv card, a pci\sata controler with a 160 gb hdd, and then my old trusworthy geforce 3 ti200 128mb gold edition overclocked to higher clocks than a geforce 3 ti500 which allows me to play doom3 reasonably well (although i'm still looking for the best 3.3v agp card i can get, and there is a 7600gt like this but its way too expensive), and when it comes to ram, i added 1gb (4x256mb) sdram, and here is when the problem kick in, because two of the memory sticks only read half, therefore 128mb, so my question is...
For all hardware oldschoolers, is there any way around to make a old board ( SOYO Slot 1 SY-6BA+ ) that usually only reads 16 chips on each stick, to read instead only 8?
Thank you. Well, the ram was given, although it is like new!
Not that it will help much on getting a definitive awnser, but the motherboard correct model is SOYO Slot 1 SY-6BA+IV
I know that this sounds odd to many of you, but being entusiasth about computers can go both ways, like loving the newest tech over the old and the acomplishments that the computer industry does over the last generation, and the other side of the coin, enjoy old hardware.
I love this particular hardware because this is the type of computer (slot-1\socket 7 like) that marked a particular time in my life, it provided my lot's of fun back then, online, lan and even offline!
I'm just nostalgic, but i bet that many people here feel the same!
Well after jumping into the "Way Back Machine" with Mr. Peabody and Simon I uncovered the answer ........ There are number of different memory types available in the market, some of the most popular memory types are based on 4 bit, 8 bit, 16 bit, and 32 bit design for the memory modules. SOYO motherboards (unless specified otherwise) can only recognize 8 bit memory modules. If a 4 bit memory (also known as high density memory) is placed on the board the system will only be able to recognize half the memory. For example if a 512MB high-density(4 bit) memory is placed on a board that does not support that memory. the memory will only read as 256MB. So.. the answer is that you need to get 8 bit modules to utilize the full capacity of 1GB of memory that your motherboard will support.
There is no work-around or fixes for this issue as it is built into the motherboard / bios limitations.
The max video card that I know of is the Geforce4 ti-4600 that you can use in that AGP 2X slot.... although you can use perhaps a "faster" pci card the limitations of the PCI bus @33Mhz will not give you better results...... look on EBay for a card... they go cheap there.
The answer was on a piece of paper stuck between my old Conner "fat 40" 40 Mb hard drive and the shoebox sized 512 Mb hard drive that I paid over $2500 for....... Wayyyyyyyyyy Back!