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New Memory Only Reading 256mb In Winxp


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#1 savagerose

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 10:00 AM

I am trying to upgrade the memory in a dell dimension B110. It had a 256mb pc3200 ddr 400mhz module installed and I added a 512mb pc3200 ddr 400mhz module. The bios shows both memory cards installed at single module showing 758mb total, but when you check installed memory using aida32 under winxp, it shows only 256mb using 86%. When you check in aida under the spd, it shows both memory cards installed and their correct amount.

I checked with the dell manual for this system before installing the 512mb to be sure it could use a seperate single module and it says it can. I even used a memory configurator when ordering the memory to be sure I was getting the correct memory for this model.

Why won't the OS recognize the correct amount of installed memory?

Edited by savagerose, 11 January 2008 - 10:01 AM.


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Posted 11 January 2008 - 10:28 AM

the manual sort of supports what you are saying but warns against mixing sticks and buying from someone else

what configurator and what actual ram did you buy?
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 10:31 AM

Actually, thanks for trying to help, but I just solved it. I had tried to reset cmos, but it didn't work. I took out the battery and left it out for 10 minutes. I reinstalled battery and reset configurations under bios and am now receiving the full 758mb in winxp. Just thought I'd add my solution in case someone else has a similar problem.

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 10:49 AM

on older systems you had to go into bios and save changes for the same thing?
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