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Okay I have Windows 7 ultimate x86 on my Frankenstein. I like to think I know quite a bit about computers. I usually fix all of the issues with my computers and the people I know. However this one has got me flabbergasted. When I first discovered this issue I tried to boot up Windows 7. I got this error ram disk can't be created. I don't even understand that, I never tried to create a ram disk. I don't even have a program to create a ram disk. I installed Windows xp just so I could log in and see if I could figure something out. I looked at system information and it appeared only 64MB of my 4GB of RAM installed where being detected. I thought okay must be that my RAM has gone bad, no problem I'll just order some more online. I finally received the RAM and installed it. I was supremely confident that was the issue. However I tried to boot Windows 7 again and I get the same problem!! I then log in to Windows xp and still shows only 64MB of RAM are being detected. I've tried searching online to see if someone else has had the same issues and I've had no luck what so ever. I did a memory check and everything checked out just find. The RAM isn't the issue so what is wrong??? I have no idea.
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  1. Looks like you also posted on the MS Forums as well.

    So seems like you are running a ECS A885GM-A2 motherboard, with 2x2 GB sticks maybe and an AMD Phenom II x4 840

    Also yea I have looked at the manual and looks like the BIOS doesn't list the RAM. There are a few that don't.

    Few things.

    1) Go into the BIOS and under Advanced Chipset Features make sure Memory Remap Feature is enabled.
    2) Disabled the Quick Power on Self Test under Advanced Setup. This will help see if there are RAM issues
    3) Make sure all memory settings under the MIB III --> Memory Configuration is all set to auto. Channel Interleaving should be set to XOR of Address Bits
    4) I can't find it in the Manual but does it show a BIOS Logo or does it load up all the hardware with a black screen and white writing? I have an AMD 880 chipset from ASRock and it is under the boot section in the BIOS but you don't have one here. Turning off the Quick Power on Self Test may remove that logo or may say Hey press this key to see details! and it show show the RAM being tested along with your CPU make and HDD's

    If none of that works load back up into XP (I think windows 7 requires at least 256MB of ram) and run CPU-Z/CPUID instead of Speccy. Then save the report (Go to the About page and then Save Report (.txt) then copy and paste it here.

    Also what did you use for memory check? I would use Memtest86 if you didn't use that one. That one will see all your RAM as well regardless if you are 32/64. Only reason why it won't see more is if the motherboard doesn't support that much then it will see the max the motherboard can use. Also Try booting with only one stick if you have 2 sticks or more. Sometimes 1 bad stick or maybe even a bad slot can cause butt loads of issues.
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  2. drtweak said:
    Looks like you also posted on the MS Forums as well.

    So seems like you are running a ECS A885GM-A2 motherboard, with 2x2 GB sticks maybe and an AMD Phenom II x4 840

    Also yea I have looked at the manual and looks like the BIOS doesn't list the RAM. There are a few that don't.

    Few things.

    1) Go into the BIOS and under Advanced Chipset Features make sure Memory Remap Feature is enabled.
    2) Disabled the Quick Power on Self Test under Advanced Setup. This will help see if there are RAM issues
    3) Make sure all memory settings under the MIB III --> Memory Configuration is all set to auto. Channel Interleaving should be set to XOR of Address Bits
    4) I can't find it in the Manual but does it show a BIOS Logo or does it load up all the hardware with a black screen and white writing? I have an AMD 880 chipset from ASRock and it is under the boot section in the BIOS but you don't have one here. Turning off the Quick Power on Self Test may remove that logo or may say Hey press this key to see details! and it show show the RAM being tested along with your CPU make and HDD's

    If none of that works load back up into XP (I think windows 7 requires at least 256MB of ram) and run CPU-Z/CPUID instead of Speccy. Then save the report (Go to the About page and then Save Report (.txt) then copy and paste it here.

    Also what did you use for memory check? I would use Memtest86 if you didn't use that one. That one will see all your RAM as well regardless if you are 32/64. Only reason why it won't see more is if the motherboard doesn't support that much then it will see the max the motherboard can use. Also Try booting with only one stick if you have 2 sticks or more. Sometimes 1 bad stick or maybe even a bad slot can cause butt loads of issues.





    Yep doesn't show the RAM. I've tried all of your suggestions with no luck. However others on another site have made me come to the conclusion that it's a BIOS issue or motherboard issue. I"m going to flash a BIOS update after I've exhausted all other options See if that does the trick.

    I did use Memtest and there where no problems with the RAM. I even inserted all of my RAM 6GB worth of it and Speccy recognized it all. It's clear someone sold me a 2GB RAM stick pretending it was a 4GB RAM stick. No worries there I can open a dispute.

    I'll use that program you recommended when I get a chance here.
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  3. Yea. Try flashing the BIOS even if its the same version.
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