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Windows 7: What would cause RAM to be unusable?

23 Jan 2015   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

It can be that simple. Ram being jarred in transport.
I just helped another member with ram problems. In post #5 I recommend removing and installing ram again and in post # 14 he/she tried my recommendation and it worked. It's not always that easy but who know you might get lucky.
Good luck and keep us informed.


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23 Jan 2015   #12
bfollowell

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Now I feel really stupid. I always look for the hardest fix first. I'm the kind of guy that, when I flip a light switch and am surprised to find a dark room, I go grab my meter and start checking the wiring, never thinking to check the light bulb! Maybe it comes from 22 years as a maintenance guy.

Once I got home from closing on our new house, the first thing I did was open my computer and check out the DIMMs. Nothing looked amiss. The DIMMs seemed to be seated perfectly. Still, I went ahead and unlatched them, pulled them out and gave them a quick look, then reinstalled them, making certain they were seated and latched really well. I knew after checking in BIOS and seeing 4088 MB that everything was good. Once getting into Windows, System shows 4 GB install and makes no mention of only a portion being usable. Resource Monitor only shows 9 MB as hardware reserved.

Thanks for all of the advice, especially the advice to look at the simple things first. Reputation boosts all around.

- Byron


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24 Jan 2015   #13
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well now that is the way memory should look.
Glad things are working now.

Happy computing.
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