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Windows 7: Coloured RAM channels

15 Mar 2012   #11

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

OK Now have poured over the maintenance manual for the M51 - sorry typed M55 first up - and apart from how to install RAM it does not say what colour to use with what colour.

In the pic I have circled the slots numbering system the north bridge and CPU to give you some perspective of what I am seeing the locality of the RAM to the CPU etc .

Now common sense tells me that the BLACK slots are DIMM 1+2 and YELLOW the DIMM 3+4.

Now the original installer either put one stick in DIMM 1 and one in DIMM 3 and I suspect as everyone is saying that he was either colour blind, did it in a rush, didn't know what he / she was doing OR that is how they are meant to go.

I suppose there is only one way to find out and that is to put a stick in DIMMS 1+2 and see what happens. If the thing works ok then I shall have to redo the other machines I have done in the past as they are all 1 stick black and 1 stick yellow.

If what I am reading in Hardwaresecrets site is anything to go by the sticks will be out of whack with each other - except there is a comment on page five - - that is still making it a tad ambiguous. However the main article would account of the lack of speed mind you there is only 512MB per machine which really lets down what is quite a decent built machine as I mentioned before one I scored for my troubles has 4GB in it and flies.

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15 Mar 2012   #12

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)

have a read of this here it may help explain
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15 Mar 2012   #13

Windows 7 HP / Ultimate x64

If the two RAM sticks are similar in specs, they go into the slots of the same color.
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15 Mar 2012   #14

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
...Although many boards with 4 or more slots colour code them, there is no hard fast rule about this...
Quite true.

My old MSI Socket 939 board had colored slots and after I'd had it a month they sent a notice that even the manual had it wrong. The best thing is to look for the "Dual-Channel" notice during POST. If your board doesn't tell you that you can check it with something like CPUID. Just navigate to the "Memory" tab and make sure it says "Dual". :)

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15 Mar 2012   #15

Windows 7 Pro-x64

I've got one of those old machines. I have the MT-M 8187. This is straight from the manual. You'll want to use slot 1 and 3 for dual channel memory.

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