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Windows 7: Memory install contradiction?

23 Nov 2010   #1
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Memory install contradiction?

What do you make of this? The motherboard manual says this:

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BUT....the first two slots (left) on the board are one color and the second two (right) are another color. The manual is telling me to install in two different channels. Should it not be the same channel if I am using 2 DIMMs? It's a GA-880GMA-UD2H

GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket AM3 - GA-880GMA-UD2H (rev. 2.2)

Am I missing something here? Could this be a "typo" in the manual? I have never run into the problem in about 20 builds. It AMD and it's my 1st AMD build but that should not matter much with RAM install. What do you think? Go with the same colored DIMM slots or go with what the manual says?? Very odd.

I have to go to work so I will not respond until tomorrow but please...if you know about this leave me some advice. Thanks.




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23 Nov 2010   #2
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

You put one stick in Slot #1 and one stick in Slot #3.
That gives you dual channel.

Channel #0 slot #1-2 is one color. Channel #1 slot #3-4 is another color.

I don't see a problem.

I got you it is different but the manual is totally screwed up or the board is just unusual.
There is at least 3 mistakes on the manual which isn't likely.

With 2GB sticks
Worst that can happen is to have 4GB single channel if manual is wrong.
You will have it right with 2x2GB or a 1x4GB.

I'd follow the manual. Check bios on boot. If 1x4GB in Bios turn it off and swap a stick.
No need to start Windows if it is wrong.



Mike
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23 Nov 2010   #3
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Normally on every Gigabyte or Asus board I have ever used the dual channel config DIMM slots are the same color. With this config I would be installing the DIMMs in different color slots. It just seems wrong. I will do what the manual says but it seems very confusing for a simple procedure. I have never seen this before.

You don't see the problem? I am surprised this does not seem strange to you. Thanks for your time though.

I don't even have the board yet. Maybe they have fixed this. I will get it tomorrow.

AND maybe it's been too long since my last build. lol (about 2 months)
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23 Nov 2010   #4
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X View Post
I got you it is different but the manual is totally screwed up or the board is just unusual.
There is at least 3 mistakes on the manual which isn't likely.

With 2GB sticks
Worst that can happen is to have 4GB single channel if manual is wrong.
You will have it right with 2x2GB or a 1x4GB.

I'd follow the manual. Check bios on boot. If 1x4GB in Bios turn it off and swap a stick.
No need to start Windows if it is wrong.



Mike
You see the problem....cool. It's just strange that the places you put the DIMMs are different colors. Thanks man. I will post what I found in case someone else runs into this. It will be a day or two.
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23 Nov 2010   #5
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

It does. Re read my first post. I didn't catch it on my first read of the manual page.

Check the Ram in the bios before starting Windows and make sure ram shows properly.

If it shows wrong you know what the problem is.
Turn the PC off and reslot the Ram.

Mike

Now get to work before you are late.
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23 Nov 2010   #6
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I don't see anything wrong with the diagram posted and the website with the motherboard image.

It is straightforward.
2 sticks, put them in the blue slots or the white slots. slots are alternating, Blue/White/Blue/White
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23 Nov 2010   #7
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
Could this be a "typo" in the manual?
Looks like it.

►►Channel 0 DDR3_1, DDR3_2 doesn't match the table.

Just put them in the blue slots and you'll be fine.
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24 Nov 2010   #8
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hey Smarteyeball, good to hear from you. I was thinking the same thing. That's normally the "idiot proof" way of doing it. I guess I will try both ways if one doesn't work.
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24 Nov 2010   #9
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
Could this be a "typo" in the manual?
Looks like it.

►►Channel 0 DDR3_1, DDR3_2 doesn't match the table.

Just put them in the blue slots and you'll be fine.
that is correct. If you use both slots of the same channel then you will be in single channel mode, so slot 1 and 2 are Blue and White which are channel 0.

Dual Channel is using 1 of each channel, so you use the same color of each channel, ie. Blue on Channel 0 and Blue on Channel 1., which is slot 1 and 3.
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24 Nov 2010   #10
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
I don't see anything wrong with the diagram posted and the website with the motherboard image.

It is straightforward.
2 sticks, put them in the blue slots or the white slots. slots are alternating, Blue/White/Blue/White
On this board there are two blue slots on the left and two white on the right, and the manual says for dual channel put the DIMMs in #1 and #3 (different colors) I've never seen this before. It's a motherboard manual typo. The other revisions have it right on the website but not this revision.

Edit: I actually contacted Gigabyte and they responded back saying it is a mistake in the manual. The revision of the board I have went public with bad information in the manual. They changed the DIMM slot config and forgot to change the manual. FYI if anyone runs into this issue. Just put DIMMs in the color coded slots.....that's always going to be correct.
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