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Memory Fluctuations

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by prideouts, Nov 13, 2001.

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  1. prideouts

    prideouts Thread Starter

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    I am experiencing a first (cold machine) boot with the memory check showing 7 megs. Then reboot and the memory always goes to 32 meg ram. Weird - happens that way every time. All subsequent reboots are 32 meg with no deviations.

    I am running windows 95 and just upgraded from 16 meg ram (SIMM) to PNY 168 pin (DIMM) 128 meg memory module. PNY says that 32 meg is all I will get because I have a VX Pentium Board. They do not have any ideas about the boot up from cold start problem and don't have any other suggestions to try.

    What should I do? What kind of memory chip should I install? Or is there a problem with the mother board?
     
  2. slipe

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    After a boot that shows 7Mb RAM, right click My Computer>Properties>General and see how many Mb RAM it says you have.

    If you want to get fancy, Start>Programs>Accessories>System tools>System monitor and see how much RAM the computer is actually able to use.

    The RAM check does not necessarily limit the amount of RAM the computer can use. You can eliminate it completely in most BIOS and everything still works fine.

    If you are actually getting only 7Mb available you might try a different RAM slot if you have more than one DIMM slot.
     
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