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What's the memory DIMM configuration?


W7 sometimes will report RAM but not be able to use RAM if not seated properly. I've seen this happen often with X58 boards.
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo;13548611 
What's the memory DIMM configuration?


W7 sometimes will report RAM but not be able to use RAM if not seated properly. I've seen this happen often with X58 boards.

well cpuz says slots 1-3 are occupied and it says 3072MB ram. lol first experience with Intel and its so buggy its sad.

on a side note i just touched the chipset heatsink and it instantly burned my finger i don't know alot about intel but that can't be good right?

if it makes any difference this is the MoBo dell supplied
640-dell-WG855-motherboard.jpg
Edited by philhalo66 - 5/18/11 at 6:05am
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Originally Posted by philhalo66;13548637 
well cpuz says slots 1-3 are occupied and it says 3072MB ram. lol first experience with Intel and its so buggy its sad.

You have a four mem slot Dell MB, with two slots per each of two channels, with 3 x 1GB installed. It is most likely running in flex or single channel memory mode. The total memory is correct, excluding any memory dedicated to other pages like VGA or whatever Dell programmed it for. OEM factory configurations are usually locked, so the BIOS is extremely limited to any changes (other than total memory).

From XPS Service Manual
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Your computer supports a maximum of 4 GB of memory when you use four 1-GB DIMMs. Current operating systems, such as Microsoft® Windows® XP, can only use a maximum of 4 GB of address space; however, the amount of memory available to the operating system is less than 4 GB. Certain components within the computer require address space in the 4-GB range. Any address space reserved for these components cannot be used by computer memory.

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Originally Posted by philhalo66;13548637 
on a side note i just touched the chipset heatsink and it instantly burned my finger i don't know alot about intel but that can't be good right?

It's not unusual these chipsets run hot (90-110c). Remove the HS and see if any paste is there, my guess would be it's either dried out or none at all, though it probably won't make much difference.
Edited by gymenii - 5/18/11 at 8:27am
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You have a four mem slot Dell MB, with two slots per each of two channels, with 3 x 1GB installed. It is most likely running in flex or single channel memory mode. The total memory is correct, excluding any memory dedicated to other pages like VGA or whatever Dell programmed it for. OEM factory configurations are usually locked, so the BIOS is extremely limited to any changes (other than total memory).

From XPS Service Manual





It's not unusual these chipsets run hot (90-110c). Remove the HS and see if any paste is there, my guess would be it's either dried out or none at all, though it probably won't make much difference.

oh okay i see. and what i did was take my antec 300 side panel with the fan a set it next to the opening of the case so the fan can blow directly on the NB heatsink and it dropped it a good 60C (im guessing no thermal sensor) i put some arctic silver on it it was all dried up bubblegum or whatever the stock crap was.
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