System not showing RAM correctly...

February 19, 2009 at 09:56:17
Specs: Windows XP
well I am using a single RAM of 2GB + 512 MB (total 2.5 GB) and 2GB is the new one because the system was showing 960 MB for the earlier one(without 512 MB). When installed on the other system it was showing the full RAM. Main thing is that before this when I was using total 1GB (512+512) of RAM, there was no such issue even when new 2GB was installed first time, there was no problem. I just noticed this problem when my system started behaving abnormally. It got restarted automatically during a session and sometimes the display was lost, but the CPU was running. If in that case I used to restart the system by pressing the restart button nothing happened, I had to repeat this step of restarting several times in order to boot the system. I formatted the system drive and installed a fresh copy of OS but the system remained unchanged and I faced the same problem. Then I changed the OS CD with the different serial key but the problem was not corrected. During all these issues, I checked the system properties and found the issue of RAM. Once I faced some problem with the system as I downloaded the one registry cleaner from the net and run the program, it made my system more corrupt. So I decided to format the system drive again in order to install the fresh copy of OS. This time I installed the OS that I was using earlier. And Surprisingly you won't believe that my system got rid of all the problems and started behaving normally except the one issue of RAM.


OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name NEERAJ
System Manufacturer Kobian
System Model PVM7 Pro
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 6 Stepping 5 GenuineIntel ~3000 Mhz
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 6 Stepping 5 GenuineIntel ~3000 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 080012, 7/27/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name NEERAJ\Subodh
Time Zone India Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 1,536.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 631.82 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 2.70 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
Then I perform the memtest and the result is as follows..

Memory error detected copying between 43e1609 and 43e1359 did not result in accurate copy.
Mem test ahs detected that your computer cannot accurately store data in RAM.
You need to fix this.
for detail see ques.2(
One more error message displayed as follows......
Memory error detected copying between 543b91e and 543b589 did not result in accurate copy.
When I checked the answer in above mentioned website it describes the error as follows...
This is not normal. Your RAM is bad, or your system is incorrectly configured. Even just 1 error means that you have a problem. If you have overclocked your machine, or selected aggressive RAM timings in your BIOS you should try more conservative settings before judging the RAM fully bad. If you can't get MemTest to run without errors even with conservative BIOS settings, however, your RAM is bad. Replace it, or you will experience stability and corruption problems. Correctly functioning RAM has no errors, even if you run MemTest for days.
One doubt is here is that my RAM is working fine with other system and the other system shows the full RAM so does it indicates that there is something went wrong with my system's BIOS settings while the truth is I have never changed any of BIOS settings. So is it possible that the BIOS settings are changed automatically.
Please tell me what and how to check the BIOS settings for the RAM.

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February 19, 2009 at 10:12:24
use periods every once in a while, run on sentences are hard to follow.

your RAM also does not operate in a vacuum: it interacts with all your other components. Unless the other system you tested it in has the same motherboard, CPU, PSU, HDD, etc., the fact that the ram is passing that test is kind of irrelevant.

if the test is telling you your ram is bad, take it at it's word. Did you check out your motherboard manufacturer's website to see if the RAM you bought has been tested with your motherboard and is known to be compatible?

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February 19, 2009 at 10:51:03
I got lost in that sea of words. One thing I'll never understand is why people are so quick to format? If a system is running fine, new RAM is installed & then the system becomes flakely, why would you think formatting would fix it? Obviously the RAM is the problem. If you had done some research BEFORE you bought the RAM, you'd find that your board only accepts a max of 2GB. And although it doesn't state it as such, I assume that means a max of 1GB per slot. And don't forget...if you're still using the onboard video, subtract that amount from the total to find out how much will actually be recognized by Windows. For instance, if the video is set to 64MB & you have 1GB memory installed, only 960MB will be usable.

Crappy motherboard:

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