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BIOS will not expand to 2GB RAM

I have an eMachine only 18 months old. I finally decided to expand my RAM from 2 512mb to 2 1GB cards doublely my RAM and speed my computer up.

The BIOS says 2GB RAM, both RAM card slots are good and will work with either of the 1GB RAM cards, they are EDGE tech corp PE197711, 1GB PC24 4200 DDR2 240P DIMM.

The problem is, I cannot get more than 1.5GB in this computer. It will work with a 1GB and a 512GB card in either slot but will not BOOT with the 2 1GB cards in. Can anyone help me or has anyone experienced the same?

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Yes that is the Max for this board and the rest be used as virtual memory by allowing the computer to setup all your memories according to best performance and not appearance. Please see that you rate my service to be able to continue the service for others…God bless

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Try each ram one by one. if there is prob in ram it will show only 512 instead of 1 GB.. Second check for memory shared in bios

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