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Ram DDR2 There are 2-1 gig sticks of DDR2-533 240 pin ram in the computer! We just purchased a 2 gig stick of DDR2-533 240 pin ram. We took out one 1 gig stick and put in the new 2gig stick of ram. Now the comptuer will not boot. Then we took out the 1gig stick and put in JUST the 2gig stick of ram and it will still NOT boot. Also reset the CMOS. We do not understand what the problem is, as this motherboard supports up to 4 gigs of ram???? We have even put the new 2gig stick of ram into another computer, it WILL boot. Why with this motherboard does the extra ram not work???? Is this a BIOS Issue? If so what is the BIOS version, as it does NOT state a version when the computer is booted. It just states a bios date: AMI BIOS (C) 2005 07/20/2006 From reading on your website you need a bios version to download the apporpriate bios flash utility? We are not sure what to do next????????????? Thank you

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Hi Terry, you're board, PC Chips P23G only supports a max memory of 2GB. Please check pg. 9 of your manual, Installing Memory Modules.
Please be noted you can NOT use DIMM DDRII 1~2 (DDR2 533/400) and DIMM DDR1~2 (DDR 400/333) simultaneously. Only use either DDR2(533/400) or DDR(400/333) memory modules! (You should check the spec's of the other board before inserting memory that may not be supported). (You can damage the memory)
Click the link listed below for you're PC Chips P23G board.
Suggest you save this link to you're favorites.
http://www.pcchips.com.tw/PCCWeb/Products/ProductsDetail.aspx?MenuID=92&LanID=2&DetailID=387&DetailName=BIOS

You will notice there is a fix for:
Patch code to fix REALTEK clock buffer sometimes couldn't detect DDR2.
Once there, click BIOS. Scrol down to the bottom of the page & read special notes. Than click the drop down menu & pick a download site. Creat a folder on you're desktop to store the download. Uncompress the .zip file. You will than have a folder named 070115 & a ROM file named 070115.ROM
This bios flash program requires you to use a floppy disk drive to flash the bios.
Follow the instruction at this link to flash you're bios.
http://www.motherboards.org/articles/guides/42_1.html

If you find to hard to folow you can pick another from this google search site.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=how+to+flash+a+bios+&btnG=Search

Good Luck! & Take your time.
Have more questions, feel free to ask.

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