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    1 gig DDR ram not showing up on XP and as 32 meg on Crucial Scanner

    Any ideas why? Bios issues?

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    The details you have given you will never get an answer.
    Ram make speed, timmings
    Motherboard make,model
    How much is installed.

    Go in bios and see what it shows the stick as see if its shown as 1gb.

    Original Poster

    Lol I just assumed it would be an old fashioned xp issue hence asking before I had the details.

    But offhand I know both 256mb sticks of ram are Hynix, and my 1 gig stick is generic crucial scanenr says it takes a maximum of 4 gigs.

    All I know about the mobo offhand(as im trying to find if new bios sorts it) is that its an Asus, sinc e its an old one its hard to find details.

    Original Poster

    Yeah was thinking that, but there is 4 ram slots so I'd say it can handle at least 1 gig ram and even with just the 1 gig stick in nothing happens,. I just get a long beep, then another long beep.

    This ram worked fine on my friends Athlon system a few months ago but had same problem on a friends celeron so I assume its a bios issue.

    Banned

    errr..
    your ram sticks are different and as far as i know they have to be same spec dont they
    try same size too and see what happens

    dont use crucial...use your system parts identifier

    Original Poster

    Just used Belarc and it gives the same result, says my 1 gig is 32mb so I guess its a bios issue as it isnt showing in bios

    Mobo is eveshamvale MS-6743

    ryouga;6628506

    Yeah was thinking that, but there is 4 ram slots so I'd say it can handle … Yeah was thinking that, but there is 4 ram slots so I'd say it can handle at least 1 gig ram and even with just the 1 gig stick in nothing happens,. I just get a long beep, then another long beep.This ram worked fine on my friends Athlon system a few months ago but had same problem on a friends celeron so I assume its a bios issue.



    I'll echo Polly's response, you really need to give a lot more detail to give anyone a chance of giving you a useful answer - garbage in, garbage out.

    Given that the system won't boot with just the 1GB stick in and instead gives an error code, clearly the fault is not with XP.

    John

    Original Poster

    Johnmcl7;6628577

    I'll echo Polly's response, you really need to give a lot more detail to … I'll echo Polly's response, you really need to give a lot more detail to give anyone a chance of giving you a useful answer - garbage in, garbage out.Given that the system won't boot with just the 1GB stick in and instead gives an error code, clearly the fault is not with XP. John



    Read the following posts, the ram make and mobo etc is given.

    Original Poster

    Yep its a Pentium 4 pc which I got cheap and took out of its old case and put into a tower case so I can add stuff like a graphics card too(would of cost more to get a low profile graphics card and wireless card)

    ryouga;6628613

    Read the following posts, the ram make and mobo etc is given.



    No they don't, the information is either missing or wrong.

    Playing the guessing game, I'd say what you have is an MSI motherboard with a Pentium4 or Northwood/Prescott processor running on an i865 chipset, does that sound about right? The make of the ram is relatively unimportant but the speed which you've not mentioned is, the i865 chipset does officially support DDR400 ram though and at that density.

    John

    Original Poster

    Hmm its def one of these boards but cant tell if its the standard or more but if it came on a home pc and not custom built I would assume its the standard.

    eu.msi.com/ind…743

    Original Poster

    Ok tried autoupdating the bios and its the same version.

    I dont know if the ram is fried but if it is then why is it showing up at all in different scanners.

    I wouldn't worry about what it is showing as in the scanners, you need to get it working properly in the bios first before you worry about Windows.

    When you said you put the 1GB stick on its own and the machine just beeped, did you make sure it was in the first ram slot? There should be markings on the board which identify each ram slot. Have you checked the ram timings and speed in the bios? I'm guessing you won't have much choice as MSI generally only produce budget boards but I'd double check whatever is set in the bios matches the 1GB stick. I had a machine that wouldn't boot on a stick of ram as the bios was set with timings that were too aggressive.

    John

    Remove the 256mb stick and put the 1gb stick in on its own if it doesn't support ddr400 it should drop to a speed it can handle, the problem is either incompatibility with 2 dissimilar sticks of memory or tighter trimmings on one stick over the other. If it still doesn't work download memtest and run it on each stick one stick at a time.

    The beep code you describe is memory.
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