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Windows 7: HUGE problem with Memory Detection

19 Sep 2011   #11


Great read, thanks Stormy

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19 Sep 2011   #12
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

To the OP, let us know if it works for you.
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19 Sep 2011   #13
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
4 of the 12 GB are being reserved for other hardware devices... its normal, no need to worry!
Not sure what gave you that idea, but no it is not normal at all.

xxking, you and Layback may want to have a look at this if you haven't seen it yet,

Asus X58 + 6/12GB memory overclocking - detecting less memory than installed - - different look at memory

Lots of things to try when this problem occurs with that chipset.
It is quite normal for the x58 chipset!

And if I understood the OP correctly, the issue occurred prior to OC. He/she tried to overclock to solve this issue... not visa versa!
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19 Sep 2011   #14
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Doesn't mean it's normal, means there is a problem with the chipset, bios or socket (see #8 from the link I posted).
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19 Sep 2011   #15
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
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Asus motherbord forum
A very large number of people are having this problem with x58 board. I have asked for help on several sites. So far nothing works.
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19 Sep 2011   #16
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xxking View Post
its just that I payed for 12 gigs of RAM and i am not receiving what I payed for.. any chance you guys can provide me with a link to a post where someone had a similar issue to mine? so I can be sure to let it be. - different look at memory
Overclockers Forums - The Performance Computing Community
Just a couple with good links.
Get what you paid for, GREAT IDEA
Wish you luck, let us know how things come out and fixed it for you.
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19 Sep 2011   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

If this is a problem and intel is aware of it why aren't they recalling ? I first time heard about other people having the same thing just now.. its not like I do not have a warranty on my CPU its the fact that I need my computer daily and cant wait days possibly weeks for intel..

second thing - id be happy to do anything that would resolve this problem even if it means overclocking and all that stuff, my computer is made for that just that I do not really do it.

I tried registering in that forum to get more of an exact help where its like my own case but they require for some stupid reason an ISP provider email which is something I do not have and even if I had I would not even provide it to a forum. And as that main thread is for Asus boards it isn't much of a help

I am going to go into different forums tomorrow once I get home from work and ask there with hopes that something will help.. its not an issue that I can't use my computer its just that I payed for 12 gigs and am not getting those 12 gigs
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19 Sep 2011   #18

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

I don't believe it's a problem with the X58 chipset so much as a problem with the way it is implemented by various MB manufacturers.

Two years ago my housemate and I built nearly identical Core i7 systems, the major difference being that she got an Asus P6T with six RAM slots and I got a Gigabyte EX58-UD3R with four RAM slots. (My Gigabyte board allows you to use either 3 slots in triple-channel or 2 or 4 slots in dual-channel.) We each had a 3x2GB set of triple-channel Corsair XMS RAM.

I recently replaced the 3x2GB set with a 3x4GB set. No problems at all with either the BIOS, Windows, etc, seeing all 12GB. I had read about a lot of the Asus boards with six RAM slots being very finicky when filling all the slots, but on a whim I took my old 3x2GB set and dropped them in there. No problems at all for her, either.

What I had read was that the six-slot systems are very picky about the brand and type of RAM used. Many users either can't see all their RAM or have to drop speed and/or timings to get it to work. In her case, I think it was a matter of getting highly rated RAM and being lucky that it was a compatible brand.

On a side note, the X58 system has the RAM controller built into the CPU and controlled through a set of pins in one corner of the processor. I have read about cases where a very tiny imbalance in the way the CPU cooler is tightened down makes the pins in the socket not quite touch the contacts on the CPU, causing all sorts of weirdness in the way the RAM is implemented. In those cases the problem usually becomes evident in the BIOS recognition of the installed RAM, but I think there were cases where the BIOS could see all the RAM but for whatever reason it was not being fully available to Windows. It might be worth a try to shut down and reattach the CPU cooler, paying extra attention to evenly snugging it down. Some people mentioned backing off a screw in one corner (sorry, I don't remember which one) the teeniest bit and solving their problem.
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20 Sep 2011   #19
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Backing off a screw in one corner. I haven't tried that one yet but I will. I have tried different tensions on all four screws with no results. I have reinstalled the cooler 3 times and the Intel Dealer 1 time but of course tightening all 4.
Thanks for the info.
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20 Sep 2011   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

layback if you find out which screw it exactly is id be glad if you could post it here
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