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More RAM installed and now strange things happening
claire Jul-20-02 10:21 AM
Ive just installed more ram.....another 256mb of ddr.
I ran that pc pit stop utility and it told me this ..
quote
The System Management BIOS is reporting that there is only 256 MB of RAM, but Windows reports that 512 MB is available. Generally this indicates a System Management BIOS (SMBIOS) problem. The SMBIOS information may need to be manually updated, or there may be a bug in the BIOS software. You may want to see if there is a BIOS upgrade available for this system.

Ive got the most recent update of my bios so im not sure what this means....in system properties it says i have 512mb....the article then goes on to say that it doesnt really matter as long as windows knows i have 512mb....at startup post recognises the extra ram.

This wouldnt really bother me but now my comp has started to restart itself every now and again....not good when im wrighting esseys.....this problem started as soon as i installed the extra ram....i think this may go hand in hand with what was reported in the error before.

what do you think?


1. RE: More RAM installed and now strange things happening
artjamz2 Jul-21-02 00:25 AM
In response to message 0
Claire:
What kind of computer is it? Give us the breakdown.

2. RE: More RAM installed and now strange things happening
claire Jul-21-02 03:32 PM
In response to message 1
Motherboard lex bn790
duron 950mhz
windows 2000
maxtor 40 gb hard drive


um what else?


3. RE: More RAM installed and now strange things happening
lbyard Jul-22-02 02:16 AM
In response to message 2
Going into the CMOS Setup and Saving and Exiting might solve the memory reporting problem. Larry

4. RE: More RAM installed and now strange things happening
claire Jul-22-02 09:15 AM
In response to message 3
ummmmmm i went into the bios and didnt really know what you meant.....so i just loaded optomized defaults then saved and exited........oh yea the bios says there is 512mb of ram as well.....


5. RE: More RAM installed and now strange things happening
lbyard Jul-22-02 06:15 PM
In response to message 4
I don't use pc pit stop. Larry

6. RE: More RAM installed and now strange things happening
claire Jul-23-02 11:50 AM
In response to message 5
LAST EDITED ON Jul-23-02 AT 11:50 AM (EDT)
 
I take it you mean it is not very accurate?

7. RE: More RAM installed and now strange things happening
lbyard Jul-24-02 04:11 AM
In response to message 6
Well, let's say I don't trust or use any programs like that. I have seen too many cases over the years where these sort of programs have reported inaccurate results and problems that are not really problems.
Larry

8. RE: More RAM installed and now strange things happening
Rod Jul-24-02 05:20 AM
In response to message 0
Claire,
I would suggest that you take both the memory out and swap them around and make sure they are fitted in correctly, as that is possible why your pc keeps restarting.

Also take out your older 256 memory and put the new one in by inself and start the pc up and see what happens, at least you will then know if the new 256 is faulty or not if it still keeps rebooting.

Rod


9. RE: More RAM installed and now strange things happening
claire Jul-24-02 06:47 AM
In response to message 8
Im going to try what you suggest....ill swap them around and try them in different slots etc
hmmm Another thing ive just noticed is that programes now generate errors and close....like explorer, winamp and nero. Another funny thing is that even though my cd wrighter is quite old with only 1mb of buffer i still did never have any "coasters" but now i have a fair few as the buffer does not perform very well.


Ive taken out the ram and burned a disk and it worked normnally........are these the types of things that happen if you have faulty ram......do you think its worth it to to still swap tem around and see what happens?


10. RE: More RAM installed and now strange things happening
lbyard Jul-24-02 02:12 PM
In response to message 9
Yes, those are the sorts of things that can happen with faulty memory. Another thing that can happen is corrupted files/data. Although others may disagree, I do not think you needed more than 256 Mbytes in the first place. In fact, 128 Mbytes is probably enough for the average PC user. Larry

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