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- Memory problem
- John Smith
August 14, 2006, 8:37 pm
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it recognizing the 256MB memory card. When I bring up the CMOS information
prior to booting into Windows it identifies the total memory as 224MB. It
seems to be missing 32MB.
Is this as indication that the memory card is bad?
Is this an issue with the motherboard?
Is the wrong memory card being used?
What I've tried to do:
I've removed the memory card a couple of time and reseated it. I've
also cleaned the contacts.
The manual for the mother board identifies the following memory as being
2 184pin DDR DIMM sockets, supports up to 2GB DRAM
Support DDR266/DDR200 DIMM
Support only 2.5V DDR SDRAM
The current chip has the following information written on it:
256MB 32x64 PC2100 CL2.5
Re: Memory problem
Chipset is VIA P4M266A & VT8235(CE)
The integrated graphics use up some of the system memory, and
that is where the missing 32MB is going.
Test with memtest86+ from memtest.org , as a way to determine
if the memory is good. You can either prepare a test floppy, or
there is an .iso image as well, for making a test CD. Two
passes is enough to determine whether the memory is error
free or not.
Follow that, with the Prime95 torture test (mersenne.org). Prime95
is available for Windows or for Linux. It carries out a calculation
with a known answer, and is a good check that the processor, the
Northbridge, and the memory are in good working order.