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How much ram?

I have fitted 2 512m ram cards, only 504m ram shows up, I know the ram is OK . is there a way round this please?

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  • griff22_petm Dec 03, 2008

    Thanks, but I've checked both RAM cards also a third, they are all identical, no combination makes any difference. In the manual it says "Supports a maximum memory size of 512 MB with SDRAM"

    So maybe it means what it says, or does anyone know better?

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It appears that one of your RAM modules may be incompatible with one another, or one module is faulty. Are the RAM modules from the same manufacturer and same specs/speed?

The motherboard may require interleaf memory and requires RAM to be installed in pairs in specific memory slots, check your manual.

To test for compatibility or fault, take both RAM modules out and insert one RAM module at a time in the memory slot 1. Boot up computer, if OK shut down and put the other RAM module in slot 1 and boot up again. This will determine the faulty RAM or incompatible module..

Your motherboard has onboard video chip and it uses some of your RAM for video memory, that is why it memory appears less that the normal RAM capacity.

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    Chris Hingee Dec 04, 2008

    Your are correct, the manual says it supports a maxium of 512Mb RAM. There is a possibility that a BIOS upgrade from your motherboard manufacturer will make your BIOS support more than 512Mb RAM.

    If there is an upgrade available, be very sure of what you are doing, because if you screw it up your PC will end up as a piece of junk.



    If you elect to use a graphics card you will only gain 8Mb extra, as Mike stated, but if you get a PCI graphics card or preferrably a AGP graphics card (if your motherboard supports a AGP slot), the graphics will be heaps better, runs faster at a higher resolution and more colours because the graphics card has its own RAM. You will most likely need to get into the BIOS to disable the onboard graphics card.

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Hi griff22_petm,

It is not you. The Biostar uses an intergrated graphic card. In your manual on page 2-13 & 2-14. Advanced Chipset Features.
You can set the total amount of system memory for the graphics card to use. Currently you have the bios set to use 8Mb of system memory to run your graphics card. (A wee bit low). If you need the manual you can download it from Biostar at this link:
http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en-us/mb/content.php?S_ID=154

There is one other way to use all your system memory & that would be to buy a PCI video card, this would free up all your memory. Suggested PCI graphics card:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=319&name=PCI-Video-Cards&

Good luck griff22_petm!
Mike

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