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Windows 7: Upgrading old computer - Which memory to choose?

20 Dec 2011   #11
andis59

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Ok, so I installed the 3 < 1GB memory sticks and it looks like it worked.

I do have an error in Siw where in the Memory Summary section it says
Quote:
Property Value
ELIZA (VIA Technologies, Inc. P4X400-8235)
Memory Summary Reported by BIOS
Warning! Wrong values reported by BIOS
Maximum Capacity 768 MBytes [Wrong value reported by BIOS]
Maximum Memory Module Size 32 MBytes
Memory Slots 3
Error Correction None
DRAM Frequency 133.2 MHz
Memory Timings 3-3-3-6 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)

Device Locator Slot 1
Manufacturer Micron Technology
Part Number 16VDDT12864AY40BF2
Serial Number D37AD42B
Capacity 1024 MBytes
Memory Type DDR (PC3200)
Speed 200 MHz
Supported Frequencies 133.3 MHz, 166.7 MHz, 200.0 MHz
Memory Timings 2-2-2-6-0 at 133.3 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Memory Timings 2-3-3-7-0 at 166.7 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Memory Timings 3-3-3-8-0 at 200.0 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Data Width 64 bits
EPP SPD Support No
XMP SPD Support No
Device Locator Slot 2
Manufacturer Micron Technology
Part Number 16VDDT12864AY40BF2
Serial Number D37AD40C
Capacity 1024 MBytes
Memory Type DDR (PC3200)
Speed 200 MHz
Supported Frequencies 133.3 MHz, 166.7 MHz, 200.0 MHz
Memory Timings 2-2-2-6-0 at 133.3 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Memory Timings 2-3-3-7-0 at 166.7 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Memory Timings 3-3-3-8-0 at 200.0 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Data Width 64 bits
EPP SPD Support No
XMP SPD Support No
Device Locator Slot 3
Manufacturer Micron Technology
Part Number 16VDDT12864AY40BF2
Serial Number D37AD408
Capacity 1024 MBytes
Memory Type DDR (PC3200)
Speed 200 MHz
Supported Frequencies 133.3 MHz, 166.7 MHz, 200.0 MHz
Memory Timings 2-2-2-6-0 at 133.3 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Memory Timings 2-3-3-7-0 at 166.7 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Memory Timings 3-3-3-8-0 at 200.0 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Data Width 64 bits
EPP SPD Support No
XMP SPD Support No
I have looked in the BIOS but I can't find any value about Max Capacity or Max Memory Module Size

Is this something I need to worry about or not?

// Anders


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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20 Dec 2011   #12
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

If the Bios recognizes 3GB of RAM, and Windows recognizes 3GB of RAM, then the issue may be with SIW.
Try CPU-Z instead to see if it has a problem with it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Dec 2011   #13
andis59

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I have run CPU-Z and saved the result to a file (since I don't understand most of it). I attach the file

An other thing (you have to tell me if I should start a new thread)

I changed some values in the BIOS setup (Which I know was kind of bold of me...)

DRAM Timing: Was manual but I changed it to By SPD

DRAM Clock: Was 133 MHz and I thought since the memory are 200 MHz I should use that. But then the computer froze at Verifying DMI Pool Data. If I change it to 166 MHz it works


Attached Files
File Type: txt ELIZA2.txt (36.7 KB, 9 views)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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21 Dec 2011   #14
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

As I said, if the BIOS recognizes all 3GB and Windows does too then you do not have a problem. CPU-Z sees all the RAM too.

As for your BIOS settings, for most people just setting them to Auto will work in most cases. In most cases the AUTO setting is the one enabled if you reset the BIOS defaults. You only start changing these settings manually if you are intent on overclocking. SPD enabled is a good choice if the settings are default AUTO.

You've already started 'overclocking'. With your current settings you can push to 166 but not to 200. That is the essence of overclocking -- playing with the settings to get the most performance and a stable system. If you want to go this route I would suggest starting a new thread in the Overclocking forum here.

If you want to start with a clean slate you can do so easily by going to the EXIT tab in the BIOS and choosing "Restore Defaults" or similar wording. Be sure to make note of all your current BIOS settings first in case you need to reset anything back to be able to boot. The most common one is the IDE/AHCI mode setting if you are running SATA hard drives, the default is normally IDE, which is fine if you have an IDE/PATA hard drive. Restoring defaults is a good thing to do when adding new hardware to the motherboard and will clear up a lot of errata.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Dec 2011   #15
andis59

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Ok, I did reset the values and reentered where I thought the should be the old values.
Siw still reports that BIOS is reporting the wrong value, but I can live with it

A big thank you to all that have donated there knowledge and time to help me with this!

// Anders
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