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Abit AW8 LGA775 Maximum memory

Well, I initially build this computer with Corsair XMS 2x1GB sticks. I am running bios version 20 released on 5/23/2007. Everything was running great, but I wanted some more memory for some other apps I need to run.

- I did some research and found that the Phoenix AW8 Motherboard can support up to 8GB of memory. Currently I had the XMS (2) 1GB sticks at DDR2 240 pin 667mhz. So I decided to bu 4 2GB sticks and upgrade to 8GB.

- So Installed the new sticks and I had trouble even powering up the Box, the fans would kick on but nothing. I did notice the error code 00.

- So I started the 1 stick troubleshoot and it appears that i can ge 1 new 2GB stick to work or the 2 1GB sticks to work, But anything over 2GB, I had problems powering up my box.

Is there some bios setting that I am missing? maybe this is a power supply problem? I can get it to boot, but I need to turn it on and off a few times to get it so kick in, but it will never power up with more than 2GB of DDR2 667 240 pin sticks in it.

Thanks for the help,

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Hi there
Sounds like the bios will need updating as the board will support 8BG ram.
Put your old memory back in the machine, boot into windows, go to the motherboards manufacturers website and download the latest bios update and install it and reboot.
make sure you read the info on how to install the bios update.
I must also warn you that if you are using a 32bit operating system it will only recognize 2.9BG of memory, there is nothing you can do about this apart from install a 64bit operating system if the board supports 64bit processors.

Good luck and thanks for using Fixya!!!

Posted on Feb 11, 2009

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