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Help! Installed 6GB DDR3 but POST shows only 2GB

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September 21, 2009 4:02:56 AM


I just completed my first build I7 920 on ASRock X58 Extreme, installed 6GB of OCZ OCZ DDR3 1600 MHz Gold RAM, everything looks good after installed Windows 7 64-bit, except I only see 2GB in both POST & Win7 computer property, despite cpuz shows 6GB available. I've updated the motherboard with the latest version of BIOS from ASRock (v1.40, released on 9/8/09) but it didn't help.

At POST, 2GB was shown as installed in B1 (white), the other 2 sticks on A1 and C1 (all white) were missing, I've tried to putting different sticks in different combination on A1 & C1, the results were the same that only 2GB were shown, if I put the memory in A1 & C1 only the computer won't even boot.

So to me, I probably got a bad motherboard that memory on A1 & C1 doesn't work. Any other thoughts or things I should try?
a b V Motherboard
September 21, 2009 5:31:03 AM

You didn't give the part number(s), so I need to ask:

What is the part number (ideally from the sticks themselves)?

Are all sticks identical (part numbers)?

What is the voltage specification?

You can get it to boot with just two sticks . . . will it also boot if you replace those two sticks with the other two?
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September 21, 2009 5:46:16 AM

The sticks are OCZ OCZ3G1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600 MHz Gold XTC 6GB. they are 3 identical DDR3 2GB each (http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3G1600LV6GK-PC3-12800-Trip...), I didn't change anything in BIOS so the they should be at stock voltage (I'll double check and get back to you).

Yes, I can boot the computer with 2 sticks when one stick in installed in B1 but still 2GB shown at POST, it won't boot when 2 sticks are installed in A1 & C1.

I appreciate your help, let me know if any other information you need.
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September 21, 2009 5:52:20 AM

CPU-Z showed all 3 sticks are at 1.5v.
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a b V Motherboard
September 21, 2009 6:00:02 AM

Sorry, my bad. Check BIOS as I said, then:

Please boot with *one* stick in the mobos recommended first slot (A1). What happens?

Repeat with Stick #2 only. What happens?

Finally with Stick #3. What happens?

Then, regardless of what BIOS says, set the voltage and timings to the RAM's spec manually. And try to boot with 3 sticks (A1, B1, C1).
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a b V Motherboard
September 21, 2009 6:01:49 AM

Just saw your post - You might try manually inputting the voltage (1.65) and check the timings to see if they match spec.
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September 22, 2009 2:11:23 AM

Thanks for the suggestions.

I tried booting with a single stick in A1, it won't boot with any of the three sticks.

Regarding setting voltage manually, I'm not sure how to do it. Any suggestions?



Twoboxer said:
Sorry, my bad. Check BIOS as I said, then:

Please boot with *one* stick in the mobos recommended first slot (A1). What happens?

Repeat with Stick #2 only. What happens?

Finally with Stick #3. What happens?

Then, regardless of what BIOS says, set the voltage and timings to the RAM's spec manually. And try to boot with 3 sticks (A1, B1, C1).

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a b V Motherboard
September 22, 2009 3:14:44 AM

Power Up (or Restart) and press F2 a few times after the first image appears onscreen to enter BIOS Setup Utility.

On the "OC Tweaker" page, select "DRAM Frequency", press enter, then set:
DRAM tCL = 8
DRAM tRCD = 8
DRAM tRP = 8
DRAM tRAS = 24

On the "OC Tweaker" page, select "DRAM Voltage" and set to 1.65V (or 1.64V if you cannot set 1.65V).
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September 22, 2009 3:58:43 AM

No luck. Changed to 8-8-8-24 under DRAM Timing Control and 1.654v under DRAM Voltage, it boot up with 2GB still.

Anything else should I try?
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a b V Motherboard
September 22, 2009 5:24:24 AM

I'd RMA the mobo.
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a b V Motherboard
September 22, 2009 4:27:08 PM

^+1. Something's wrong. RMA the board. Also, the RAM is installed in the correct sockets?
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September 22, 2009 8:43:06 PM

Yes, I'm going to RMA the board. ASRock tech support also suspects problem with it.

Yes, the sticks are in correct slots, and I've tried all possible combination of 1 stick, 2 sticks and 3 sticks with different stick in different slots, only the stick on B1 is recognized.
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July 5, 2011 2:24:55 PM

tony123 said:
Yes, I'm going to RMA the board. ASRock tech support also suspects problem with it.

Yes, the sticks are in correct slots, and I've tried all possible combination of 1 stick, 2 sticks and 3 sticks with different stick in different slots, only the stick on B1 is recognized.



Hi I have the same , problem, my mistake is that i did not documented myself well enough before buying the MB.
did you solve anything with this MB. i am planning to buy Vengeance™ — 6GB Triple Channel DDR3 Memory Kit (CMZ6GX3M3A2000C10) . and, also a few bios updates have been done, regarding the triple channel memories.




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