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Trying to connect 3 gig sticks to my p4pe motherboard, only works with 2. also new video card runs at 512mb, in bios it only allows me to select 256 can this be adjusted through update or do i need 256 videocard. Connecting new hard drive to 3rd input on motherboard, does it have to be primary or slave. i already have prim and slave hard drives connected to first slot and prim slav dvd connected to second.

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1) Make sure you look over the specs for the motherboard. If this is one of the basic P4PE motherboards, it only supports a max of 2 GB of RAM.

2) For the video card you'll have to check and see if a bios update is available, and if it will give you the additional functionality. My guess is probably not. The other side of that though is that the video card you have should work fine, but you'll only be able to take advantage of 256Mb of the built-in memory since the motherboard can't handle 512.

3) The new hard drive should be able to function as either primary or slave if it's on the cable by itself. I'd just put the jumper on the drive to auto and let it decide which it wants to be.

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Even though there are three sockets, this board supports a max of 2GB of RAM, sorry.
The AGP Aperture setting in the BIOS does not reflect the maximum amount of usable video RAM on the card, so don't be concerned about that (and in fact you shouldn't need that to be higher than 128M).
For the hard drive, you have your terminology mixed up. There are two IDE adapters on your board; A primary and secondary, each with two available assignments for the devices connected which are called 'Master' and 'Slave'. If your primary adapter already has two devices and your secondary has only the DVD drive configured as 'Slave', than you can connect a new drive to the secondary adapter configured as 'Master'.

Hope this helps!

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