I have 2x512mb RAM in my year old XP PC, but most times when it boots, the boot screen shows just 960mb, though sometimes 1024. I have taken the sticks out and tried reseating them, but had no improvement. Although 960 is more than enough, I am worried that if it boots with 1024, then “loses” some of the memory while running it might crash (I have had a few inexplicable crashes). I can’t really send the RAM back, a) because it’s intermittent, and I don’t know which stick is at fault, if indeed it’s the RAM, not something else, and b) because its MESH and life’s just too short. What’s my best way of solving or diagnosing the problem (reasonably simply), or should/can I just live with it?
No, there's a separate graphics card, plus its intermittent RAM loss. I guess I'll need to take one out, then boot and see what it has i.e 512 or less, then swap etc. But its intermittent so could be a long haul and what if its the M/board seatings or something? I was hoping for some clever test software to run? Any ideas?
I don't get this graphics card idea - why should it show less physical ram? OK on board graphics might pinch some RAM to use, but if I go to system info, it should surely say the full 1024 is installed, not 1024 minus anything that's being used elsewhere? Could this really be the cause? Anyhow, I assume the on board graphics are disabled, though have never actually physically done this and the graphic seems fine - how would I check this. And yes woodchip, I'd understand if sometimes it came up with 512, sometimes 1024, or just didn't boot, but have never seen a RAM stick partly work!
I'll have another look tomorrow and get back. Thanks for now