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Software shows more ram slots than truly exist...


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#1 Illuminaughty

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 02:53 PM

Recently I ran a few applications (Belarc, PCWizard, SIW) on an older XP machine to determine ram type, amount, speed and availability – with the intention of upgrading.
All 3 programs showed that I had two 512Mb DDR PC-400 occupying 2 of 4 available slots (0 and 1 were taken but 2 &3 were shown to be free) and so I ordered two more of the same – to take my existing 1024Mb ram to 2Gb.

When I opened my case however, there were in fact only two (0 & 1) of those slots in existence – and both were obviously already full.
I have since returned both 512 for two 1024 replacements (I still want my ram increase of course) and they’ll be arriving any day now…

Clues(?):
1. A new Foxconn motherboard was recently installed – the old mobo had four slots, btw.
2. It is an older machine with multiple [former] installations of XP on C: and D:
3. Hard drives were not reformatted (wiped) for reinstallation of XP – merely partitioned.

Question:
Any ideas why all three applications would indicate more slots than there actually were?
Is it possible that they could pick up old data from former board?
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Posted 02 August 2009 - 05:25 PM

I think if you review the accompanying info for each of those programs...you will find a disclaimer about the accuracy of certain data.

That's probably why there are so many different types of utilities...trying to provide the same info to users.

If I wanted to know the number of RAM slots for a board I could not visually check...I'd take a look at the MB specs online.

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