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Windows 7: Memory reserved after using nomemristrict in GTA4

17 Mar 2010   #11
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Macpod View Post
Even POST only sees 4GB of ram.
Ahh, the disappearing RAM trick. The problem is definitely hardware related, not software. It's not uncommon with the X58 chipset, especially upon a cold boot.


When you ran memtest, was that only on with 4GB detected by BIOS?


Some Common Known Causes:

Faulty RAM module
Incorrect RAM timings
Faulty Dimm slot / mobo
Faulty PSU
Improper CPU seating / uneven pin+pad contact
???




I'd start with the simplest route, which is eliminating a faulty RAM module or dimm slot.


Remove all but one known good 2GB stick, and then boot the PC from each white slot individually (or dimm 1/3/5). If the PC POSTs from each slot with a known good module, try the other 2 modules individually.

If the PC fails to POST with a particular RAM module in any dimm, then the RAM is faulty.

If all the modules are okay but the PC fails to POST in one dimm slot consistently, then you have a faulty dimm slot.


If there is no problems with either the RAM or the dimm slots, then the issue lies elsewhere.



I've had similar issues with that with my current build. The first time it occurred, one of my memory modules had actually died. But then it also happened with my replacement RAM, yet all the RAM is good and so are the dimm slots.

In my case, it wasn't until I removed one of my suspected to be faulty video cards that everything has returned to 'normal' (ie I consistently show all 6GB at POST now. Before, it would sometimes show all 6GB, sometimes only 4GB etc. However, I still can't conclusively say it was the video card causing my issue )



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17 Apr 2010   #12
Macpod

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Macpod View Post
Even POST only sees 4GB of ram.
Ahh, the disappearing RAM trick. The problem is definitely hardware related, not software. It's not uncommon with the X58 chipset, especially upon a cold boot.


When you ran memtest, was that only on with 4GB detected by BIOS?


Some Common Known Causes:

Faulty RAM module
Incorrect RAM timings
Faulty Dimm slot / mobo
Faulty PSU
Improper CPU seating / uneven pin+pad contact
???




I'd start with the simplest route, which is eliminating a faulty RAM module or dimm slot.


Remove all but one known good 2GB stick, and then boot the PC from each white slot individually (or dimm 1/3/5). If the PC POSTs from each slot with a known good module, try the other 2 modules individually.

If the PC fails to POST with a particular RAM module in any dimm, then the RAM is faulty.

If all the modules are okay but the PC fails to POST in one dimm slot consistently, then you have a faulty dimm slot.


If there is no problems with either the RAM or the dimm slots, then the issue lies elsewhere.



I've had similar issues with that with my current build. The first time it occurred, one of my memory modules had actually died. But then it also happened with my replacement RAM, yet all the RAM is good and so are the dimm slots.

In my case, it wasn't until I removed one of my suspected to be faulty video cards that everything has returned to 'normal' (ie I consistently show all 6GB at POST now. Before, it would sometimes show all 6GB, sometimes only 4GB etc. However, I still can't conclusively say it was the video card causing my issue )

You are the first person on the internet to mentioned the possibility of a faulty MOBO ram slot. That is exactly what is at fault.

I never thought it would be the motherboard since ive never had a problem with one in 3 previous computers. but it is indeed both SLOT 5 and 6 that are dead.

It's stupid that windows 7 just shows a dead ram slot as hardware reserved. the Bios also doesnt mention a thing. both are very misleading

Now i'm using slot 1, 3 and 4, which shows all 6GB. I think ill just use it this way for now since i have a project to finish. Is there anything potentially dangerous with using these slots? are they in dual channel or all single channels?

I guess they'll just give me the X58A as replacement since the old EX58s are gone. Thats something i guess. but the pain of reassembling everything.....

I hope google picks this up
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