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Samiam303 Samiam303 is offline
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Default Memory upgrade problem - 09-09-2009, 03:22 AM

I tried to upgrade the RAM in my girlfriendf's mini 10v, installing a stick of Kingston memory -- the upgrade process was easy enough, but when I booted it up with the new 2GB stick, it reported it as something like 246MB of RAM, not 2GB. I took it all back apart and checked it was seated right, and couldn't find anything wrong -- switching back to the 1GB stick it came with works fine. Is this indicative of a bad stick of RAM, or is there something I could be doing wrong?
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Default 09-09-2009, 04:09 AM

where is it saying that, during post or under computer properties?
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Default 09-09-2009, 06:46 PM

RAM will show up as MBs, so 2GB will show up as 2048MB. 2048 seems similar to your 246MB, which in itself would be very odd as you would need a 128 + 64 + 32 + 16 + 4 + 2MB stick of RAM for that to happen. Even if some of the DDR2 chips are faulty you would get values that make sense (like 1792MB or something).

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Default 09-09-2009, 09:29 PM

It may be 256MB or thereabouts, which is the standard amount of memory most PC motherboards have as their base memory, if memory serves me correctly - I may be talking rubbish, it's been a long time since I paid this any attention. It refers to the amount of onboard RAM before the memory card is added (from the old days of "extended memory").

In short, yes, it indicates that something's wrong with the memory stick you added - the motherboard's not recognising it, for whatever reason. It might be faulty or it might not be installed properly. Hope this helps.
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Default 09-10-2009, 04:20 AM

Ludasco -- it says that within the BIOS as well as within Ubuntu.

MarkProvanP -- I'm not sure that it was 246 MB, I wrote this after taking the stick out and I wasn't gonna bother taking the thing back apart just to check what it was.

That said, I tried it with a new Crucial stick and it works fine. I'm gonna have a friend check this stick in another laptop and see what's up.
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Default 09-10-2009, 12:57 PM

I bet it is bad RAM, just return it

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