If you add more memory to the system, it is possible that the BIOS will recognize the full amount of physical RAM that is installed in the server but that Windows will recognize only a part of the RAM. If the server has a redundant memory feature or a memory mirroring feature that is enabled, the full complement of memory may not be visible to Windows. Redundant memory provides the system with a failover memory bank when a memory bank fails. Memory mirroring splits the memory banks into a mirrored set. Both features are enabled or disabled in the BIOS and cannot be accessed through Windows. To modify the settings for these features, you may have to refer to the system user manual or the OEM Web site. Alternatively, you may have to contact the hardware vendor.
For example, if you are running a system that has 4 GB of RAM installed and you then add 4 GB of additional RAM, Windows may recognize only 4 GB of physical memory or possibly 6 GB instead of the full 8 GB. The redundant memory feature or the memory mirroring feature may be enabled on the new memory banks without your knowledge. These symptoms are similar to the symptoms that occur when you do not add the /PAE switch to the Boot.ini file
mobo supports dual channel JEDEC DDR2-800 and sli-ready memory up to1200 mhz.supports up to 8 gbs of DDR2 memory, run belarc program and shows only 1024 mb in all 4 memory slots but memory stick reads 2gb(2x1gb), comes 2sticks in 1 package, bought 2 packages, could it be just 1 gb per stick and only 2 gb per package, thanks all for your help
Check for a bios update. I had a gigabyte board that wouldn't run with more than 4 gig of g'skill ram (board is rated for 16 gig max). They came out with a bios upodate that fixed it. The bios update simply stated better memory compatibility.