Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Problem with having 4 GB memory

29 Apr 2009   #51
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The timings were one things if too high for what the board generally takes. That may tend to be standard or value ram over any good performance dimms. If the brand you bought is on the recommended list the type would be the likely cause there.

Now for going out and rushing into a new board just to run DDR3 you are also looking at a total upgrade which will cost you far more since you may end up needing a new cpu as well as memory and a few other things to consider.

If the new dimm turned out to be defective you would simply see that replaced by itself or a new pair since the prices on DDR2 are low at this time. If you were planning a new build soon then I would say wait until the new one to spend on what you want there.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
30 Apr 2009   #52
marcellusmighty

 
 

One of the things I made sure to check out was the timings and voltages when I purchased the parts from Newegg. For the board, it specified "5-5-5-15", and the RAM used is G. Skill "5-5-5-15". Voltages are 1.8-1.9 volts, as the board says. So the memory is perfect in theory (frequency is also 800 Mhz.). So the only thing, however weird it is, is the brand. Of course, that's assuming the BIOS is not the problem (ahem...). I've seen 4 GB of DDR3 RAM at 1066 Mhz. for around $80. The X58 is about $200, and the Core i7 is around $260. I could sell my board, memory, and Core 2 for probably a good $250-450 on eBay. Maybe it's worth it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Apr 2009   #53
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The thing that comes to mind here is that you have gotten into some mislabeled if not defective memory if each dimm works by itself. That would make them incompatible to each other while still working with only one or the other in.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

01 May 2009   #54
marcellusmighty

 
 

I thought about that too. So I tried both in a 32-bit environment, and they worked up to 3.25 GBs. the error message I got under vista and 7 when trying to boot into 64-bit was "BIOS may not be fully ACPI compliant" which is why I think it's the BIOS, and my suspicions seem to be confirmed by Biostar's negligence to release an '08 or '09 update like the other guys did! So I sit in a no solution zone.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2009   #55
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

One reason I've been staying with Asus lately is seeing an excellent online support with frequent updates there. While looking over other makes I keep ending back there each time it seems!

When Vista was first seen I was worried about the present model board in since all it saw then was XP drivers until going direct to NVidia for the nForce chipset updates. 7 recently found some new ones for the same model. At least I got out of that one there!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2009   #56
marcellusmighty

 
 

Well I can say one thing for sure, and that is I will no longer purchase any chipsets from Biostar in the future.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2009   #57
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Biostar only makes the boards not the chipsets as a rule. Intel was the one that made the chipset for that model according to your system specs.

The problem with Biostar appears to be a lack of ready support. Anytime you have to go out and pay for some 3rd party in order to get a bios or any other update seems a little bit lame there since every other company seems to have some download pages seen. Your best option is going to Intel directly to see what you can find there since they made the chipset to start with.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 May 2009   #58
marcellusmighty

 
 

What's weird is that Intel's 965 chipsets (all of the variations) are unable to provide a compatible BIOS. I think Biostar went ahead and made their own little "Micro" variation, because Intel doesn't have any mention of a Micro version of their board. Soon, I'll be getting a Core i7 chipset and CPU, (hopefully, anyway) and I am tempted to just buy it from Intel for this very reason. Direct support is worth the extra pennies anyday.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 May 2009   #59
FreakyFerret

 
 

Hi Marcellusmighty,

(I'll bet) The problem is the speed of your RAM. I bought 2 sticks of 800 Mhz RAM for my pc. Stuck them both in as dual-channel and got a BSOD shortly after boot. Through testing, I discovered that if I install not as dual-channel but single, they work fine btw. I then downgraded a speed and system works perfectly now.

Problem was my board couldn't handle the 800 Mhz speed.

Both sets were 2 sticks of 2 gigs each.

What model is your board exactly?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 May 2009   #60
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

So you don't even have access to your voltage settings in bios?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Problem with having 4 GB memory




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
memory problem
i have 64bit windows 7 and it shows that only 3.68gb is usable from 4gb can anyone help
Performance & Maintenance
Memory problem?
I am currently running windows 7 ultimate x64. My PC has been running very slowly. I opened my task manager and at idle my cpu is running at about 25% (which seems ok), I have 4GB on memory installed. Physical memory usage at idle shows almost 4GB exactly. Could this be why my PC is running...
Performance & Maintenance
problem with the memory
hi i use windows 7 ultimate version on 32 bit and 2gig RAM..my problem is when i open facebook chat..it is very slow..and if video chat in msn it even hangs..pls let me know how to rectify the problem..i use sonyhandy cam as web cam.. thanks
General Discussion
Memory problem
I got a 2x2gb XMS2 DDR2 1066mhz memory in MSI 770T-C45 board The memory is only working on 800mhz so I changed FSB/Dram in bios from auto to 1:2.66, and then it shows 1066 in BIOS. Then when I restart it says CMOS checksum bad Press F1 to Run setup Press F2 to load default values.. etc. and...
Hardware & Devices
Memory Problem
Hey guyz, I just turned on my laptop and it's running really crappy and slow. When I went to computer properties, I noticed that out of my 4.0 GB of RAM, only 256 MB is usable... Is this the reason why my laptop is acting like this and why? I've ran my Windows Memory Diagnostic tool but no...
Hardware & Devices
Memory Problem
Once again didn't know where to post. I was ready to render a video in Sony Vegas but it kept telling me that the system memory is too low. I put the Dynamic RAM to 0, and tried again and got the same message. I thought it was just vegas until a message popped up that told me to "close the...
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:51.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App