I recently installed some new RAM using a single stick of 256mb (want to use the older 128mb stick also if possible).
For reference, this is what HP says about the RAM in Pavillions model 8770c:
RAM (standard) 128 megabytes (MB)
Maximum 512 MB (2 x 256 MB DIMM)
Speed 100 MHz synchronous
Sockets Three 168-pin DIMMs
Size 32, 64, 128, and 256 MB DIMMs
Free DIMM Sockets 1
Pairs Required No
Type Supported SDRAM, 100 MHz, Intel PC SDRAM unbuffered DIMM
specification, revision 1.0 compliant
and this is what I bought:
Installed the RAM fine, system recognizes the 256mb (bios confirmed) but Windows still reads 128mb. I'm wondering if this autodetection thing matters for Windows since the system confirmed it. I haven't noticed a huge jump in performance, in windows either.
- Tried "Add Hardware" in Control Options
- Switched the RAM in the DIMM slots
- Tried adding the older stick of 128mb as well (384mb confirmed in BIOS)
- Ran MEMTEST32; detected all the ram + no errors
This is baffling to me. I've never encounted this problem where Windows does not detect the new RAM. Is this a RAM compatability problem with Windows, system (shouldn't be, I don't think), or something else?
Any help is appreciated, thanks.
Heh, this seems dumb because they say upgrading your RAM is one of the easiest upgrades you can do, and yet, something went wrong over here.