bios recognizes 4gb modules as 1gb?

September 29, 2016 at 15:11:24
Specs: Win 10, Athlon x2 6400
I recently tried to install 2 additional 2gb modules to my 2 4gb modules I had installed originally Now no mattter how I arrange them, the modules are all detected as being 1 gb each! This is driving me nuts! Please help! And it doesn't matter if I take the new ones out, the original 8gb still shows up as being 2gb! The board is quite old but it works otherwise - also the documentation says it can support up to 32gb!

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#1
September 29, 2016 at 16:20:18
You'll need to be a little more specific. What are the specs of the system? Manufacturer/Model? What RAM is installed, and what did you attempt to install?

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September 29, 2016 at 16:49:27
Please post make/model of motherboard.

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September 29, 2016 at 20:51:49
It is important that we see specs on motherboard and RAM.
It is possible that they are not fully compatible, needs some settings changed, or even possibly a BIOS update to fully support the extra RAM or even newer density RAM chips on the sticks that you purchased. It is possible that the new RAM is significantly different than the original as to be incompatible together. As to the no longer recognizing the old RAM as it did before, placing the new memory sticks in auto detected a change and and the auto settings need to be reset or manually set. Adding a second pair of memory stick is best done with the same size, speed, latency, and where possible, the same memory chip type. When at all possible, the same brand, model, and exact series makes it the most compatible when possible. Some boards and some combinations are more finicky than others.
Do NOT try changing anything yet, just supply the specs and we will make more direct suggestions that will be more helpful.

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#4
September 30, 2016 at 08:18:29
The boardis an ECS nforce 4m-a v 3.0 and it originally had 2x4gb of DDR2 800 A-Data RAM installed.I tried to upgrade that with 2x2gb of generic Komputerbay DDR2 800 ram and the board wouldn't recognize the new Ram. Ok fine, I guess I'll need to purchase something that more closely resembles the A-Data Ram, but when I took out the Komputerbay modules the computer will now not recognize the 2 original modules as being 4gb each it only recognizes them as 1gb each.

Please help me!

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September 30, 2016 at 08:44:05
he boardis an ECS nforce 4m-a v 3.0 and it originally had 2x4gb of DDR2 800 A-Data RAM installed.I tried to upgrade that with 2x2gb of generic Komputerbay DDR2 800 ram and the board wouldn't recognize the new Ram. Ok fine, I guess I'll need to purchase something that more closely resembles the A-Data Ram, but when I took out the Komputerbay modules the computer will now not recognize the 2 original modules as being 4gb each it only recognizes them as 1gb each.
Please help me!


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#6
September 30, 2016 at 09:19:31
º Dual-channel DDR2 memory architecture
º 4 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM socket support up to 32GB*
º * (Due to the DRAM maximum size is 2GB at present, the memory maximum size we have tested is 8GB)
º Support DDR2 800/667/533/400 DDR2 SDRAM

http://www.ecsusa.com/ECSWebSite/Pr...

If the RAM was working previously, it should still work & be identified correctly. Did anything else change? Do you have the latest BIOS? Are you running a 64-bit OS?


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#7
September 30, 2016 at 09:51:17
Yes I am running a 64 bit o/s but the ram worked previously - why would this make a difference? It's not just windows that doesn't recognize the ram it's the bios as well!

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#8
September 30, 2016 at 13:06:10
Try a BIOS reset.

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#9
September 30, 2016 at 20:46:08
Most motherboards have a CMOS jumper set of pins. Unplug the machine, short out the pins (either by moving the jumper over for a moment and then back or shorting with screw driver for a moment or so). Reset BIOS defaults, and then go in and make sure time, date, CPU, graphics, SATA, and RAM are all set right.

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