Latop RAM not recognised after BIOS update...
Posted on 2005-05-15
I have a Sony VAIO Laptop (PCG FX105K) that, when I bought it, was upgraded by having a 256MB SDRAM (100mhz) stick placed into DIMM slot 2. [Adding to the 128MB SDRAM (100mhz) stick in DIMM slot 1 that came with it.] The BIOS and Windows 2000 registered this correctly as having 384MB of RAM in total. All was well until 3 days ago, when I decided I'd perform some updates to it as I hadn't done so for a long time. This included, installing a new FLASH BIOS update that I acquired from the SONY VAIO Link website and taking out the 2 sticks of RAM to remove any dust around the motherboard. I put the 2 sticks back in securely but when I booted the computer up, in Windows and in the BIOS, it said I only have 128MB of RAM. My first reaction was that I hadn't put the RAM back in properly, so I opened up the laptop bottom again and made sure they were in place properly to no avail. Then I thought that it was the 256MB stick that had gone faulty, so I switched the RAM into opposite slots. (128MB in Slot 2, 256MB in Slot 1). To my surprise, it said I had 256MB of RAM (still not the 384MB though). So it seems to me like it doesn't want to use the RAM in DIMM slot 2... I had upgraded the BIOS (Phoenix) to version R0243U0, so I went back onto the Sony site to see if there was a "roll-back" to restore the original BIOS. I downloaded and installed the earliest one I could find(R0217U0) and applied it yet it still only recognises the memory placed in DIMM slot 1.
Any ideas? - I am really stuck with only 256MB of memory, it's running at a snail's pace.
Thanks in advance
Intel Pentium 3 550Mhz/700Mhz
20GB Hard-Disk Drive
*256MB of RAM* - With a stick of 256MB in Slot 1 and 128MB in Slot 2. !%£$%£!%
Onboard (Shared Graphics) - 11MB...