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Memory upgrade for Acer Aspire 3680

I am upgrading the RAM in my laptop. The Acer E-settings management utility included with the purchase of this thing says it supports a maximum 4gb. I bought two sticks of 2gb Crucial brand memory. Either stick works well in either slot on the motherboard but the machine stops working when I try to install both sticks at the same time. Do I need to change something to make both work or is the maxonly two gig?

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  • dshaw_01 Jan 07, 2009

    Thanks jonniewalker sure does help. Another question. The 2gb sticks I bought work but only 1 at a time in either slot. My settings utility says the memory is 2gb in slot 2 no matter which slot it is actually in. The machine supports dual channel but came with only 1 512mb stick. Will using the single stick of 2gb memory harm anything?

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Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-5300 with a maximum of 1GB per slot so you can install modules one at a time, and you can mix different densities of modules in your computer. But if your computer supports dual-channel memory configurations, you should install in identical pairs (preferably in kits) for optimal performance How much memory your Windows OS will recognize depends on which version of Windows you are running. 32-bit versions of Windows will see (and utilize) only 3GB or 3.5GB. To utilize more memory, install a 64-bit version of your OS hope this helps pls appreciate by rating as fixyaa.thanks and Godbless.

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    Starnley Johnwells Jan 07, 2009

    To benefit from the performance advantages offered by dual-channel systems which your computer support you should install memory in identical pairs. Installing a kitted pair is the best way to ensure that your modules are identical, right down to the chip count and also check the bit version of yuour operating system

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    Starnley Johnwells Jan 07, 2009

    The maximum amount of memory that your system can use is actually limited in two ways — not only is there a maximum amount of memory that your computer motherboard can accept, there is also a maximum amount of memory that your operating system (OS) can accept.

    For instance, when you install 4GB of memory in a 32-bit Windows system (the most common version; 64-bit systems are typically used only by high-end users), your system will see (and utilize) only 3GB or 3.5GB. Is the problem bad memory?

    Relax, there isn't a problem with the memory. Windows allows for 4GB of memory to be addressed, but this isn't 100 percent the same as having 4GB of physical memory.

    What happens is that some of the addressable memory (regardless of how much you have physically installed) is reserved for use by page files or by some of the devices that you are using, such as a graphics card, PCI card, integrated network connections, etc., so it's unavailable for use as normal main memory.

    The amount of memory needed for these devices is calculated by your system at startup; if you haven't maxed out the memory in your system, it's invisible to you, and all your physical memory (the RAM that's installed) is available for use. However if you've maxed out the DRAM in your system, this amount will be deducted from your physical memory, so you can't use 100% of your DRAM.

    The maximum memory limitation varies by operating system; for instance, the 4GB memory limitation doesn't exist in 64-bit versions of Windows.

    Memory maximums for current Microsoft® Windows OSs include:



    • Windows XP Home: 4GB

    • Windows XP Professional: 4GB

    • Windows XP 32-bit: 4GB

    • Windows XP 64-bit: 128GB

    • Windows Vista Home Basic: 4GB

    • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit: 8GB

    • Windows Vista Home Premium: 4GB

    • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit: 16GB

    • Windows Vista Ultimate: 4GB

    • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit: 128GB+

    • Windows Vista 32-bit: 4GB

    • Windows Vista 64-bit: 128GB+

    hope all this helps .goodluck any further problem you let me know

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