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Sorry, not quite

After just using the computer for a few minutes yesterday it locked up on me. It has never locked up on me ever since I have put this rig together. After it did it a 2nd time and being that windows WAS seeing 4GB (but can only use 3.25 GB) I knew something was wrong. I have pulled the new RAM out, put the old stuff back in, and played AoE 3 for about 3 hours last night without a hitch.

After looking at the RAM, it's rated at 1.65V, while I believe my board is designed for 1.5V RAM. This did come up when I asked the store clerk if the RAM was compatible with my board and of course they always say "Yea sure! Of course it is."

I'm guessing this small .15V variation is what is causing my problems. Thanks anyway for your help.
You can adjust the RAM voltage in the BIOS.
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man! when ever i find something i know the answer too some one always beats me to it!
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post #13 of 19
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Sorry, not quite

After just using the computer for a few minutes yesterday it locked up on me. It has never locked up on me ever since I have put this rig together. After it did it a 2nd time and being that windows WAS seeing 4GB (but can only use 3.25 GB) I knew something was wrong. I have pulled the new RAM out, put the old stuff back in, and played AoE 3 for about 3 hours last night without a hitch.

After looking at the RAM, it's rated at 1.65V, while I believe my board is designed for 1.5V RAM. This did come up when I asked the store clerk if the RAM was compatible with my board and of course they always say "Yea sure! Of course it is."

I'm guessing this small .15V variation is what is causing my problems. Thanks anyway for your help.


Your board isn't "designed" for any exact voltage, you can/are supposed to change it to whatever is needed (in your case, 1.65v). Do that and you should have no more problems.
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Windows 7 32-bit only recognizes up to 4gb of RAM. Unlike XP which will only recognize 3gb of RAM.
 
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Windows 7 32-bit only recognizes up to 4gb of RAM. Unlike XP which will only recognize 3gb of RAM.
Yeah... That has already been said 3-4 times and thats not really the issue here.
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Yeah... That has already been said 3-4 times and thats not really the issue here.
Thank you. Lol
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post #17 of 19
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Yeah... That has already been said 3-4 times and thats not really the issue here.
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Thank you. Lol
First, its best not to be rude to people willing to come in to help. The next time you need some help you might get stuck with your thumb up your butt wondering what to do and I'd be willing to bet Shrimpykins won't be coming in to save you again. Quit burning bridges.

On to your issues:

Go into your BIOS, set your voltage for the RAM to 1.65, and adjust your CAS settings to the proper timings. As to the initial question, 64 bit is necessary for all 6 gigs of RAM. If you decide not to upgrade, atleast you are still running your 4 gigs recognized (minus your video card RAM, and RAM on your sound card if you have a PCI sound card installed) in triple channel.
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post #18 of 19
Ugh.

Sorry to hear this. I misunderstood and thought your question was only about the amount of RAM that was being read, not a performance issue with the RAM.

Maybe the store that you purchased the RAM at will accept an exchange once you tell them what the problem is?

If you have not done so already, you could check the approved RAM list for your specific motherboard and see if the shop can get a kit for you.

As for permanent damage. Many people here have their RAM running (or have at one time) at different voltages and timings than what the kit specifies with no apparent adverse effects.
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First, its best not to be rude to people willing to come in to help. The next time you need some help you might get stuck with your thumb up your butt wondering what to do and I'd be willing to bet Shrimpykins won't be coming in to save you again. Quit burning bridges.

On to your issues:

Go into your BIOS, set your voltage for the RAM to 1.65, and adjust your CAS settings to the proper timings. As to the initial question, 64 bit is necessary for all 6 gigs of RAM. If you decide not to upgrade, atleast you are still running your 4 gigs recognized (minus your video card RAM, and RAM on your sound card if you have a PCI sound card installed) in triple channel.

There's a few things I don't understand here. First, Izvire had a good point and there was nothing rude about what he or I said. If we weren't respectful in our post then I guess I don't know what respectful would be.

Second, the machine in question is my sig rig and is not using on-board video. I guess I just don't understand why I would have 4 gigs recognized and would have to subtract what my video card is using. Does windows take this into account when displaying the total amount of RAM? I was aware of shared RAM for graphics in laptops but this would be the first I've heard of it on a rig with a separate video card.

Also, I did eventually just return this RAM. The motherboard is capable of handling speeds over 2 Ghz, but the guys at the local Microcenter were telling me that it can only be stable if its done while overclocking. This RAM in question I probably could have gotten working, with about 20 overclocking questions on your forums. I know almost nothing about overclocking but from what I picked up was there would be certain CPU - RAM voltages/speeds/latencies that work better together and trial and error is the only way to find what works? It just sounded like a headache.

Shrimpykins - I apologize if I sounded rude. I didn't mean to be.

Syrillian - That's good to hear that there should be no permanent damage. They did accept an exchange and I was able to get a very nice Logitech G9x mouse instead.

Thank you all for your help.
Edited by Sputtle - 2/11/10 at 1:20am
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