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Ashish Kenkare Oct 23, 2009, 05:04pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi,
I have an ASUS M2N68-AM SE2 Motherboard with an Nvidia chipset.
I also have 4 gb ram - (2x2gb)
My motherboard has 2 ram slots on it with a maximum capacity of 4gb as per manual.
The other day, i wished to move up to Vista 64bit from XP sp3 32bit.
I am facing big problems.
My problems are:
1. When i insert the Vista 64bit Dvd, it does not proceed to installation after loading files.
It gives me a blue screen error.
2. When i removed one 2gb ram (and kept the sys running on 2gb), vista 64 allowed me to install the system without any problems. Everything went smooth.
3. After completing Vista 64bit Sp1 installation, i updated all updates thru windows update and shut it off.
4. I then inserted the 2nd 2gb Ram stick to see if it was being accepted. Unfortunately i got the same blue screen.
5. I tried swapping slots, but was in vain - same old blue screen of death.
6. i kept only 2gb in the other memory slot - Vista boots perfectly.
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Does anybody know any other way where i could make my 4gb ram and Vista 64 work???
Also, a lot of people have suggested flashing bios. I have a few questions as i consider myself a complete novice.
1. Can flashing BIOS make my motherboard reject my ram? (maybe because it now accepts different ram chips?)
2. If at all, during the flashing process, my system goes off, due to any reason, would the damage be irrecoverable? Is it possible to revive the bios in such a case?
3. How do i know whether i need flashing or not?


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Bungle Oct 23, 2009, 05:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Vista 64bit and 4gb Ram Issues
You have one stick in and it works fine... We'll call this "Stick1" and "Slot1". The empty slot "Slot 2" and the stick you pulled out "Stick 2".

put stick 2 into slot 1 and boot the system. If you experience no issues then you probably have a bad motherboard... If it blue screens out then you have a bad RAM stick.

If the motherboard ends up being suspect attempt to boot the system with stick 1 in slot 2 to verify.

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Ashish Kenkare Oct 23, 2009, 05:53pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Vista 64bit and 4gb Ram Issues
Tried that, booting with a single ram stick irrespective of the slot and the stick, works perfectly alright.
The problem is when i boot it with both ram sticks irrespective of the slots.
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Do you think the problem can be that of Vista 64 rather than my motherboard?
Previously, i was working on a 32 bit XP and it did detect both my ram sticks, altough it utilised only 2.7gb.

mothow Oct 23, 2009, 06:19pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 23, 2009, 06:22pm EDT

 
>> Re: Vista 64bit and 4gb Ram Issues
never mind you did all that

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mothow Oct 23, 2009, 06:23pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Nov 09, 2009, 08:54pm EST

 
>> Re: Vista 64bit and 4gb Ram Issues
Possible chipset problem after you install Vista try upping the chipset voltage a little and make sure you install the latest chipset drivers.Then try the second stick..But im thinking maybe that chipset can't handle 2gb sticks.You may have to run 4x1gb

Dude flashing the bios is pretty easy i have used usb flash drives and my Floppy disk,But i have used Asus update in Windows on my last 4 Asus boards with out any problem.Just down load the bios and save it then set Asus update to flash from file.Its easy,Just make sure the system is running default speeds and dont have any other apps running..And yes you should be able to reflash a bad flash with Asus's easy flash

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TamTheBam Nov 05, 2009, 06:36am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Vista 64bit and 4gb Ram Issues

That MoBo only has 2xDIMM.
Can you give us the RAM details. The Vendor/make, model number, all the
details you can give us.

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Meats_Of_Evil Nov 09, 2009, 12:27am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Vista 64bit and 4gb Ram Issues
You could try updating your Bios to see if it's an incompatibility issue. I've never had anything wrong happen when flashing the motherboard bios but to be sure I would do it with just one stick of ram, just in case. After the update try with the 2 sticks. If the update didn't do it, then you can also search for an older version to see if it helps.

If all else fails then the only culprit could be the motherboard itself.

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bossa ritchie Nov 09, 2009, 06:17pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Vista 64bit and 4gb Ram Issues
I had a problem years back after putting another Stick of RAM in, I tried resetting the CMOS and that sorted it, maybe something to look at before Flashing your BIOS.


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