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Gateway FX 7024. Upgraded to 8 gigs, only 5 show?

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September 12, 2010 12:50:50 AM

Before anything. This is my system:

Part Number: 1015229R
Gateway FX7024 Desktop Computer
Model: FX7024
The following table provides the specifications for the Gateway FX7024 desktop computer.
Feature Specification
Processor Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core processor with VT
Each core operates at 2.40 GHz
2 x 4 MB L2 cache
1066 MHz front side bus
Chipset Intel G33
Memory Installed: 3072 MB DDR2, 667 MHz, (PC2-5300) dual channel memory (two 1024 MB and two 512 MB modules)
Expandable to: 8 GB (4 DDR2 DIMM slots)
Hard Drive 500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA II hard drive
Support for up to two hard drives

Optical Drive 18X DVD ±RW super multi-format dual layer optical drive with Labelflash™ support (up to 8.5GB)
Write max: 18X DVD±R, 8X DVD+R DL, 8X DVD-R DL, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 12X DVD-RAM, 48X CD-R, 32X CD-RW
Read max: 16X DVD-ROM, 48X CD-ROM
Supports Labelflash™ on disc printing (req. Labelflash media)
Media Card Reader 15-in-1 high speed digital media manager supporting the following:
Compact Flash (CF) I, II
IBM Microdrive™ (MD)
SmartMedia Card (SMC)
Memory Stick™ (MS)
Memory Stick Duo (MS Duo)
Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO)
Memory Stick PRO Duo (MS PRO Duo)
Secure Digital™ (SD)
Mini Secure Digital (MiniSD)
Multi Media Card (MMC)
RS Multi Media Card (RS-MMC) (need adapter)
Multi Media Plus Card (MMC Plus)
Multi Media Mobile Card (MMC Mobile)
xD-Picture Card (xD)
Video NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT over-clocked video card
512 MB on board video memory
DirectX 10
Ports:
Two DVI-I with HDCP
One S-Video
Audio Integrated 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio
Network Support Integrated Intel 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN
Modem 56 K ITU V.92 ready Fax/Modem with RJ-11 ports
Add-in Card Slots One PCI Express ×16 (graphics interface)
Two PCI Express ×1
One PCI conventional
External Connectors One PS/2 keyboard port
One PS/2 mouse port
One VGA monitor port
Eight USB ports (six rear, two front)
One RJ-45 Ethernet LAN port
Seven audio jacks (five rear, two front)
One S/PDIF optical jack
Two IEEE 1394a jacks (one rear, one front)
Drive Bays Five total:
Two external 5.25-inch
One external 3.5-inch (with a docking bay for optional Gateway 2.5-inch removable USB hard drive)
Two internal 3.5-inch (hard drive)
Physical Dimensions
(H × W × D) 15.6 × 7.2 × 16.1 inches
Weight (Unpackaged) Minimum 23.4 lbs. (varies with configuration)



I bought 8 gigs of ram today DDR2 but 800. Notice that Original is Samsung 667.

I updated mi BIOS to the latest: DPP3510J.15A.0316.2008.0522.1909.

Here is the strange part. When I go to mi BIOS (before and after I updated it) it showed that I have 2, 2 gig corsair sticks 800m hz and 2 SAMSUNG 512 667?! wtf? :fou:  I can see that its four 2 gig corsair stick in there! :o  so what gives? I thought that would go away after the bios update but it has not.

I have read about unchecking the memory box in msconfig (been there, done that) also about memory remapping (i cant do it on my bios.... i cant find it) and a myriad of other things. So, can anyone help me? I'm really worried about this. I'm going to return my memory if I cant get it to go. :cry: 

Quick Update:

I bought the modules from Tiger Direct, tomorrow I'll pass by and have them verify that they all are 2 gigs

The order before was 2 gigs, 512, 2 gigs, 512.

I turned off the comp and switched them around and it's now
512, 2 gigs, 512, 2 gigs....... what is the world......
September 13, 2010 7:04:35 AM

The problem arrises even before Vista x86 boots as the BIOS reports something that you do not expect. Did you have the stickes checked at the shop where you purchased them from?
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September 13, 2010 5:43:41 PM

^@delazaren - A little confused here about what you mean with regards to the OP?

I re-read this post and as I mentioned any Window 32bit will at best see 4GB DDR period; limited by 2^32 addressing - many cases ~ 3.5 GB.

However, in addition I also noticed that you are "mixing" DDR. A couple of potential problems:
1. All DDR will run at the slowest speed that the BIOS reads {most of the time first} e.g DDR{1} 800 MHz + DDR{2} 667 -> BIOS speed 667 MHz, and this also continues to the CAS speeds, etc.
2. Voltage, if there is a variant e.g. DDR{1} 1.5V and DDR{2} 1.65V then it will either: A. Not Boot, B. Unstable, C. BIOS may turn-off the DDR bank all together and the DDR will not be recognized.

Long story short DO NOT mix dissimilar DDR! :non: 
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