RAM problem with Albatron & VIA K8T800

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I have an Albatron K8X800 ProII motherboard.  It has the latest BIOS (1.13)
and has the VIA K8T800 and VT8237 with an Athlon 64 processor.

I was running two 512 MB DIMMs, which I tried to replace with three 1 GB

The new DIMMs are  A-DATA V-Series 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)
System Memory

      Brand A-DATA
      Series V-Series
      Model VDBGC1A16
      Type 184-Pin DDR SDRAM

      Capacity 1GB
      Speed DDR 400 (PC 3200)
      Cas Latency 3
      Voltage 2.7V

"X" rating                  x16

First I put in all three DIMMs and tried to boot.  POST detected 1.8 GB of
RAM and froze.

I took the DIMMs out of slots 2 and 3 , and just left one in slot 1.  System
detected 1 GB RAM on POST and booted fine.

I tried adding one of the other DIMMs to slot 2, and the system detected
only 1.8 GB and locks on POST again.  I swapped the second DIMM for the
third and retried to boot, same thing.

According to the manual, this MB should support 3 GB RAM.

They issued an addendum to the manual which is supposed to update the info
on installing RAM.  Here's the link:

So anyway, I notice in the addendum it refers to "single side" and "double
side" modules.  How would I be able to tell whether my DIMMs are single or
double-sided?  If they're double-sided, then according to the chart they
aren't supported.

How can I find out whether these DIMMs are supported by this board?

Re: RAM problem with Albatron & VIA K8T800

Look for which side the memory chips are connected to.  I looked yours up
and they appear to be two sided.

---Matthew Hicks

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