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post #11 of 13
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Yes, that had to of been it, because I am back at 3.6GHz again and there is no loss in RAM still, so I just need to make sure next time when I initially put my RAM in that I put them in, in an order that makes sense instead of just whatever. xD
post #12 of 13
How long has this been going on? Was it working one day, and then not? RAM sticks come in sets, but having them out of order (if they are diff. models) would only cause them to run in dual, or single channel mode, but they would still work. Now I do notice that your CPU-z screenshot shows the RAM configured in single channel, but the OS still sees the total amount, though disallowing the OS to use it. First thing I would've checked is the RAM settings int he CMOS (or just reset it). I bet that would've fixed it.

If your motherboard is picky about RAM, it more than likely wouldn't POST at all. I know this isn't the case because of how long you have been using this rig. If a RAM slot were to go bad, or a RAM stick, you would more than likely not POST, or BSOD randomly. It wouldn't do something like this.

Did it happen after changes to the CMOS? If I were to guess, something wonky happened when changing/saving your CMOS settings during an overclock. Resetting it probably fixed the issue. It doesn't look it was a problem with the RAM, but a problem with the mobo. (probably not physically, but CMOS)

(Installing RAM sticks in the right order to begin with is the best practice anyway, otherwise you could have reduced performance. Not that it would be noticable unless benchmarking)
post #13 of 13
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This was going on for quite some time now, but it just recently had gotten worse. For the longest time, probably 3-4 months it has been showing 12GB of RAM(7.99 usable) and just the other day I kept getting a lot of errors stating that programs needed to close because of low memory and when I checked it showed that I had 12GB of RAM(3.99usable). So I didn't necessarily change anything for it to do this so I am not sure what initially could have caused it. I never "reset" the CMOS, but I did load the default for the BIOS settings figuring that may have cured the problem but it didn't. I can't really get to my reset CMOS button on my motherboard because of how I have my second graphics card in there and then the PCI Extender in there for my sound card. So I could've had to take all of that out in order to reset it through the button if that needed to be done. I was able to pull the battery out though when I was fiddling with the RAM sticks so again, it could have been that as well. Hard to tell but it is fixed now and I hvae all of my RAM usable again. thumb.gif
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