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Windows 7: 2.5GB ram is ok, 3GB ram causes BSOD

15 Oct 2009   #1

windows xp, & FreeBSD 7.x
 
 
2.5GB ram is ok, 3GB ram causes BSOD

When I tried installing windows 7 on my main machine everything went well until it rebooted into the installed system which caused a lot of automatic reboots and subsequent crashes. What I did notice was that the install graphics were HORRIBLE!

This was weird because I had installed windows 7 painlessly on 3 other systems; a modern dual core and a p4 2.4ghz laptop from 2003 and they both looked great!

So, after looking and asking it turns out that I couldn't install with 3GB of ram. So I took out 1/2 a gig and sure enough it worked just fine!

So, after Windows 7 boots up and i reboot a few times after installing software, i stick back 1/2 a gig (back to 3GB now) and it crashes non stop - doesn't even boot up.

Anyone know what the deal is?

My system specs:

Intel P4 3ghz 32 BIT
ASRock P4V88 mobo
Via Apollo PT880 chipset
2.5GB ram PC3200 DDR (with a total of matching 3GB ram - 2 x 1GB & 2 x 512MB)
ATI Radeon HD 3850 AGP
c-media sound card (built in)
a couple of dvd drives, couple of hdd's

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15 Oct 2009   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Here is some things to check out first

Tutorial quick reference list for Installing Windows 7
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15 Oct 2009   #3

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GhettoBSD View Post
When I tried installing windows 7 on my main machine everything went well until it rebooted into the installed system which caused a lot of automatic reboots and subsequent crashes. What I did notice was that the install graphics were HORRIBLE!

This was weird because I had installed windows 7 painlessly on 3 other systems; a modern dual core and a p4 2.4ghz laptop from 2003 and they both looked great!

So, after looking and asking it turns out that I couldn't install with 3GB of ram. So I took out 1/2 a gig and sure enough it worked just fine!

So, after Windows 7 boots up and i reboot a few times after installing software, i stick back 1/2 a gig (back to 3GB now) and it crashes non stop - doesn't even boot up.

Anyone know what the deal is?

My system specs:

Intel P4 3ghz 32 BIT
ASRock P4V88 mobo
Via Apollo PT880 chipset
2.5GB ram PC3200 DDR (with a total of matching 3GB ram - 2 x 1GB & 2 x 512MB)
ATI Radeon HD 3850 AGP
c-media sound card (built in)
a couple of dvd drives, couple of hdd's

Do you have either a max memory setting in BIOS? if so it should be unchecked. Have you tried diagnosing if it is 1-512, 1-slot?

Ken
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15 Oct 2009   #4

windows xp, & FreeBSD 7.x
 
 

Thanks DocBrown, took a quick look and I don't think that section will help me out with this problem.

zigzag: max is 3GB lol, that's why that's all I have. (3GB for dual channel mode anyways). All the ram is good and works the same in different configurations.

Windows 7 is up and running in case i didn't make that clear. It's only when I try to add that other 512MB that it won't boot.

Thanks for the quick reply guys!
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