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Color coded memory slot help.

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  1. Ignavis

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    Alrighty, I'm running an MSI K8N Neo4. I've had it for a while, so far I've just been running a 512 stick in the first, green slot. Someone got me two sticks of 512 to fill out my system, I installed them but only recognized 1g of ram. I checked the manufacturer's site to find
    http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=k8n_neo4_platinum
    a nice diagram about dual and single channel memory that makes no sense to me. I believe all the sticks are dual channel, they have memory modules on both sides of the ram (if that is how you tell, I'm not sure). All three sticks are kingston value ram, they are pc3200, all three work (as I discovered after some musical chairs with memory). I'm currently running the two new sticks, recognizing 1g of memory, while I have my original stick in a box.

    Can anyone help me out with the diagram or point me in the direction of something more helpful? The manufacturer's website has an online tech support page that is under construction. I just downloaded the manual but I was hoping for some easy insight.
    Anything would be greatly appreciated at this point.
    Thanks
     
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    OK, you cannot have dual channel with 3 memory chips on that board. Next you cannot just install any memory that fits and expect it to work. When you install memory, it should be on the board maker's approved or qvl list.

    FWIW I would use just 2X512 in dual channel mode. Unless you are running vista, there really is no need for more than 1gig with xp.
     
  4. Ignavis

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    I did read the "MSI reminds you" bit, I have the current sticks in the two green slots.
    As for the rest, I ordered the first piece of ram with the motherboard, I made sure it would work and it did just fine. The other two sticks were gifts, so I never looked into the limitations of my board.
    Photoshop and the occasional video game get ram hungry, so I wouldn't mind having the extra half gig since I now own it, but apparently that won't work in the current configuration.
    Thanks for clearing that up for me.
     
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