RAM Scam?

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Moses January 23, 2009 at 14:37:17
Specs: Windows XP, 3.2ghz 2GB
hi, i have bought 2 1GB ram modules to
upgrade from 2 512mb. However once inserted,
it still only registers on system display as
1GB total. Removing 1 registers it as 512mb.
I bought it off a reputable ebay seller, and
the markings on each of the 8 black
(processers?) have 128, indicating it should
be 1gb overall per stick. Is there any way to
test whether they are 1gb or is it likely
that i have been scammed? cheers

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January 23, 2009 at 14:55:57
More likely is that your motherboard does not support the chip configuration of those modules. What is your motherboard model number?

Put the old ram back in and then visit crucial.com

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January 23, 2009 at 16:57:47
"reputable ebay seller"


I don't buy on ebay.

As above, check your specs.

Even big name stores can get stuck with bogus ram. There has been for years a market filled with second quality ram and even lower speed ram being re-packaged and re-marked.

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January 23, 2009 at 19:10:10
You didn't mention the make/model of your board or the type/speed of RAM you got for it.

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January 23, 2009 at 21:19:43
Curious - how come you obviously didn't bother to first read the manual that would have told you the exact RAM type you can buy and how big the memory size the particular motherboard will support?


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January 24, 2009 at 01:41:28
ram density issue perhaps? some motherboards have a limit on what they can recognise on a ram stick 'per chip' , your mobo possibly has a limit of 64mb per chip. you may well find that if you buy a 1gb stick with 16 chips on (8 on each side) it will work as the ram is less dense (64mb per chip instead of 128mb per chip).
No guarantees but i have had PCs where this did apply.

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January 24, 2009 at 03:32:18
Another thing to add is that who made this ram? If it was generic ram then you get what you get. It may or may not work with your motherboard. Well known name brands will work with just about any motherboard on the market.

Iron Sharpens Iron.

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January 24, 2009 at 13:19:38
motherboard is an ASUS P5S800 - VM/S .Its
spec says it takes 2GB. Cant find a make on
the RAM. All it gives me is "1GB DDR-I 400MHz
9085" Maybe it is a RAM density issue as
cliffpage suggested. There are only 8 chips
per module.

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January 24, 2009 at 13:43:57
In my opinion, you have High density RAM that is not compatible with your motherboard

CPU-Z could identify the manufacturer of the RAM.

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January 30, 2009 at 17:14:22
Ran CPU-Z, and strangely enough it reads 2048
MBs, which is what it felt like the computer
was running at, so i'm happy this has been
confirmed. Thanks for all your help

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