Solved gigabyte ga-h55m-s2h will not boot with 2 PNY 8gb DDR3s

April 8, 2016 at 18:29:09
Specs: win7 64, i3 / ddr3 8gb X 2
The motherboard manual says it will work with up to 8gb sticks for a total of 16 gb at frequency of 1600 tried to reboot in fool proof bios mode no joy. It detects the ram during ram test in boot but hangs after grrrrrr

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April 23, 2016 at 09:41:48
Well dun...

Just goes to show - you can't keep an "olde timer" down, once (s)he's got the bit between the teeth, the wind in his/her hair and it's a nice day out there...



#1
April 8, 2016 at 18:42:49
Does the manual say DDR3?

How many slots do you have?


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#2
April 8, 2016 at 18:47:31
Fix the Maximum Amount of Memory Usable by Windows 7 64-bit
http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/f...

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#3
April 8, 2016 at 18:50:06
Here are the upper RAM limits for the different editions of Windows 7 64-bit:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-...
http://www.zdnet.com/article/max-me...
Starter : 2GB
Home Basic : 8GB
Home Premium : 16GB
Professional: 192GB
Enterprise : 192GB
Ultimate : 192GB

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#4
April 8, 2016 at 19:05:02
I have home premium

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#5
April 8, 2016 at 19:05:21
yes manual says ddr3

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#6
April 8, 2016 at 19:05:58
checking your solution johnw

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#7
April 8, 2016 at 19:11:13
johnw it is limited to 4gb right now because when i put the 2 8gb sticks it the computer never makes it to windows so I can change this value right now it stops at 4gb when i try to increase it to 16gb

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#8
April 8, 2016 at 19:12:50
There are only 2 memory slots seems many have had this problem but no solutions posted that I see other then posable bios update not my favorite option

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#9
April 8, 2016 at 19:16:30
Double check the instructions, you put the old setting in, reboot & put the new in.

Are you doing it that way?


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#10
April 8, 2016 at 19:19:20
Thanks for the speedy assist by the way :) this is a wierd problem it likeS MY 2 x 2gb sticks just fine I try one 8gb stick any position no joy 2 no joy so here i am asking for help

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#11
April 8, 2016 at 19:21:44
I put the 2 x 2gb sticks back in im typing from the computer right now if I try to change above 4gb i will not if I put the 2 x 8gb im motherboard it will not make it into windows to change settings catch 22

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#12
April 8, 2016 at 19:22:25
Upload a SS ( Screen shot ) of System please.

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#13
April 8, 2016 at 19:31:50
here is the picture [img]http://fs5.directupload.net/images/160409/67ashrkf.png[/img]

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#14
April 8, 2016 at 19:32:48
trying again lol grrrrrr http://fs5.directupload.net/images/...

well if i copy past i can see pic why is it not showing on forum hmmmm

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#15
April 8, 2016 at 19:35:53
Got it.

Change maximum memory option. Run msconfig, choose Boot tab, click on advanced options. ensure the Maximum memory checkbox is cleared.

Other possibles.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...


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#16
April 8, 2016 at 19:37:30
I did this and it will not go above 4gb I think it is because that is all i have in the computer right now If i was able to boot with 16 it would allow me to change it to 16 It will go down but not up in value

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#17
April 8, 2016 at 19:38:42
Let me check something BRB I have a idea for more info for you.

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#18
April 8, 2016 at 19:50:18
OK here is new info I have 2 sticks of 2gb ddr3 and 2 sticks of 8gb ddr3 I can place any combination in the computer in any slots and boot the computer past the mem check it reads the proper value 16773120k if I have 2 x 8gb in but hangs at starting windows screen it also reads a freq of 1333mhz of course the 2 gb work allone or together nothing else passes starting windows screen im beeting my answer is in the bios if I knew what freq voltages are ok to try out little afraid of guessing this is 1600mhz mem but I see no info on voltages

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#19
April 8, 2016 at 20:01:19
"im beeting my answer is in the bios"
I agree.
Did you follow the bios info in my MS link?

Extract from this link shows you are on the limit.

"When using Intel Core i5/Core i3/ Pentium CPU with HD Graphics, the maximum memory speed supported is 1666 MHz
* Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest memory support list."
http://www.gigabyte.com.au/products...


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#20
April 8, 2016 at 20:03:39
Ok let me fist say thinks for the fast assist I have discovered I have a very old version on bios im thinking new mem old bios no joy so im gonna do what i hate and flash it hope i dont make a paper wieght of my motherboard I will report back my results for others to find :) Thanks!

Dave


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#21
April 8, 2016 at 20:05:29
you read my mind thanks on my way! will report results!

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#22
April 8, 2016 at 20:16:34
Got to go out, back in about an hour.

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#23
April 8, 2016 at 21:43:02
Well went through the nerve racking gigabyte bios update from f1 to f7 LOL ya it was way old bios but it did not fix the problem poked around a bit then came here to post results of NO JOY!! what happened to the good old days of plug and play :( I guess i need to research freq and voltage setting now oh kill me now please!

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#24
April 8, 2016 at 22:01:16
"I guess i need to research freq and voltage setting now"
Or borrow some 2x4gb's & see if they work.

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#25
April 8, 2016 at 22:23:19
Good guess John I just went to gigabyte and read the new manual it says 8gb limit the paper manual i have says 16gb go figure they had a typo or just lied big :( I tried just one 8gb by itself and it acts different it starts to boot then after mem test detects 8gb it rests again and repeats forever it wont give you enough time to go into bios ether so every change i want to try has to be entered after replacing with 2gb then rinse and repeat and i hate gigabyte you would think i could get it to run with just 1 8gb in it at least then but noooooo!

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#26
April 8, 2016 at 22:46:32
Thanks for your time John i'm gonna take the mem back and wait till i can get a new motherboard etc.... ga-h55m-s2h is not compatable with 1 pny 8gb stick i tried to reset cmos as well by pulling battery trick nope! Enjoy your night !

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#27
April 8, 2016 at 22:51:44
"Enjoy your night !"
You too, I'm here.
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclo...
We will be watching 2 games of football ( Aussie rules )

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#28
April 8, 2016 at 23:35:46
Even at this late in your saga... Perhaps restore original RAM; boot up (hopefully it will still); go to crucial.com.

Let crucial scan the system. It will report exactly what RAM (assorted possoble combinations etc.) will work.


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#29
April 9, 2016 at 05:17:55
You didn't post any info about the RAM other than it's PNY. However, if you check the Gigiabyte site, it plainly states: "2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 8 GB of system memory".

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pr...

I downloaded the manual & it states exactly the same thing so I don't know where you came up with 16GB? And being that there are 2 slots, it would mean 4GB per slot, not 8GB in one slot. So your problem has absolutely nothing to do with the board, BIOS, Windows settings, etc. You bought the wrong RAM.


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#30
April 9, 2016 at 11:40:26
"You bought the wrong RAM"- which checking with crucial.com would have avoided...

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#31
April 9, 2016 at 16:56:04
The paper manual that came with it plainly states 16GB so no i didn't mess up gigabyte did they just changed the manual on the web site to try to cover it up but I still have the original. its in the past now anyway i'm just gonna get 2 x 4gb and be done with it till new system is affordable.

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#32
April 9, 2016 at 16:59:10
I will be checking this site out however thanks for the info.

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#33
April 9, 2016 at 18:35:40
"The paper manual that came with it plainly states 16GB"

Unlikely but I guess we'll have to take your word for it. Why did you feel you needed 16GB RAM in the 1st place? What program (or programs) do you run that would require that much RAM?


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#34
April 12, 2016 at 17:03:16
Here is the picture of the manual for you riider.

[img]http://fs5.directupload.net/images/160413/oswsmczl.jpg[/img]

I need more RAM for software samplers in my DAW this computer is old but i managed to get her running at 3.5 GHZ i have 2 SSD on it now and 2 sticks of 4GB DDR3 on the way it will get me by for now. Thanks for the interest. Im running windows 7 - 64 home premium the footnote just talks about the 4GB limit of windows 32.

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#35
April 12, 2016 at 17:40:09
Since I took a pic of the paper manual I went ahead and sent it to Gigabyte with a complaint attached might as well let them know they pissed someone off with their manual typo. I'm sure it was advertised as such as well i don't buy stuff that will not be up-gradable later and I had windows 7 / 64 for a reason no 4gb limit! I think it was not working with the new mem so they changed it or just goofed who knows but I wont get that all niter back and I hate I bothered you guys with this. Sorry :(

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#36
April 21, 2016 at 13:32:18
I found out some more information I thought I would share on this i3 530 cpu issue as it turns out to more then likely be. I had a look at the i3 530 white papers and found out the i3 530 does not support ram chips above 256mb because of its integrated mem controller nice idea gone bad. In theory I could get 2 x 4gb ddr3 sticks with 256mb ranks and have success if I was able to locate some low density sticks that were clearly marked as such. Here is a link to the data sheet for the i3 530 the ram interface chart shows the sad truth. So gigabyte is not actually wrong about 8gb sticks working in theory but the old paper manual is crazy I don't think they ever made ddr3 8gb sticks with 256mb chips. So dual rank low density ram is my new quest or I will just give up and get a new motherfn board and processor grrrrrrrrr!

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us...


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#37
April 23, 2016 at 09:05:11
Problem solved! YES!!!!! Finally I have 8 GB running without a hitch on a GA-H55M-S2H with a i3 530 processor. The fix was indeed low density ram chips on 4 gb sticks. That is 16 chips x 256mb booted up recognized and happy but now I have to wounder would 16gb be achievable I don't feel like doing a 3rd return to newegg so I guess I will just stick with it and see if I need more then worry about it. For any who are looking for a solution here is the actual part number of the ram I purchased its a 8 gb kit G.Skill F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT enjoy and thanks to all who helped!

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#38
April 23, 2016 at 09:41:48
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Well dun...

Just goes to show - you can't keep an "olde timer" down, once (s)he's got the bit between the teeth, the wind in his/her hair and it's a nice day out there...


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