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rblampain 09-04-2005 03:53 AM

512MB stick for 256MB board
Hope I'm not making you people loose time over this.
I've got a 512MB "no-name" stick of SDRAM I inserted into an Intel CA810e motherboard that can take a maximum of 2 x 256MB sticks using 128Mb technology, the board can only use 128MB of it, can I improve on this?

At the first boot I got a message about SPD, but I didn't get this message on subsequent boots.

Thank you for your help.

Matir 09-04-2005 10:41 PM

If the 512MB stick works at all, I would be surprised. What kind of memory is it (any specs/serials)? Generally, memory that is larger than the max doesn't work at all in my experience.

poochdog 09-05-2005 06:37 AM

It may be worth checking to see if the BIOS can be updated.

rblampain 09-06-2005 02:56 AM

Thank you all.
The machine works with the 512M stick in it but it seems to use only 128M according to the memory test.

Is there a way I can check how much it's really using?

The Intel Web site has only Windows updates, nothing for Linux.
It's not a big problem, I'll keep using it as is.

poochdog 09-06-2005 04:34 PM

Generally if the BIOS is only reading the memory as 128MB then that is what would be being used. You could run the command top in a terminal window to see how physical memory is being used....

rjlee 09-07-2005 07:14 AM

Or read the /proc/meminfo virtual file, which goes into a bit more detail.

rblampain 09-07-2005 07:47 AM

Thank you all. Will do that.

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