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Memory installation orientation

I am having a problem figuring out the orientation of my memory installation. I have four slots. Two of one color and two of another. I assume that means something but nothing is mentioned in the owners manual. In the manual, the guide shows a layout that makes no sense to me and does not correspond to the colors. I have 2 one gig pieces I am installing. I am tempted to buy 2 more and just fill up the slots. Does anyone know in what order these memory boards need to be installed?
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LuisDoBenficaCommented:
Hello,

Try to place your Memory like taht :

(if you have two memorys) ->

- [First Memory] [Empty Slot] [Second Memory] [Empty Slot]

Regards,
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marticmAuthor Commented:
That would be my first choice but the numbering and colors do not agree with this assumption. Do I just do it and see what happens? If memory is installed in a wrong slot, I assume no harm will be done other than all of the memory may not be available. Right?
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rhythmluvrCommented:
Usually when the board has different color memory slots it indicates that the board supports more than one type of memory. Memory modules are keyed and will not fit in the slot if it is not intended for that slot. The memory modules have slots in them that key them to the slot on the mother board, as long as it fits properly and you install the first in slot 0 or 1 and the second in slot 1 or 2 it should work. I have seen motherboards with jumpers that sometimes need to be changed in order to accept higher density memory.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
As in your attached page from the manual and the attached image here you add the sticks one in each color slot.  Either a pair in the even slots or a pair in the odd slots or in all four slots.  You're right if you put two sticks next to each other only one will be found (the one in the orange slot).

The board will take a maximum of 8GB so when full you would need a 64bit OS to see all of the available RAM anyway

With your arrangement of 2 x 1GB sticks you should start with slots 1 (Orange) & 3 (Green).
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chilternPCCommented:
I user the free scanner at www.crucial.com
it will scan your PC and tell you what memory you have in what slots and what memory you can put inthe empty slots - very good stuff
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marticmAuthor Commented:
As usual, tech manuals are mysteries as to how and who write them.
If I went with 4 memory cards at 1 gig each, would I still need a 64 bit OS to read all of them?
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marticmAuthor Commented:
This system has not been built yet so I can't scan the memory at www.crucial.com
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marticmAuthor Commented:
The system has yet to be built so the final outcome is yet to be tested.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
If you install 4GB then a 32 bit system will have to address all of your memory registers leaving you with around 3.2-3.6GB of available RAM.  If you install 4GB or more your should think about a 64bit OS
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LuisDoBenficaCommented:
Hello MASQUERAID :

The first post was this :

"Hello,

Try to place your Memory like taht :

(if you have two memorys) ->

- [First Memory] [Empty Slot] [Second Memory] [Empty Slot]

Regards,"

You said exactly the same as me (even and odd slots)


I'd like to know if the person that have the memory problem tried my solution ?

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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
LuisDoBenfica  - you're quite correct.
Perhaps marticm could explain why they chose the solution they did - although it is clear from the information given that they can't test the solution yet as the system hasn't been built.
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marticmAuthor Commented:
I selected the solution I did because it was addressed directly towards the specific motherboard and memory slots available that I was questioning. This person went out and found an image of the motherboard and based his answer on that and I assume his on expertise. The first response does not agree with what the manual implies. If I choose to follow MASQUERAID's directions, it will not be installed, 1st slot, then 2nd slot.
As MASQUERAID says, if I put the sticks next to each other, only one would be found.
I appreciate everybody's input but MASQUERAID said what I was needing to hear. I still don't understand why, that would be some circuit designer's job.
Thank you.
And thank you again to MASQUERAID for the follow-up amswer.
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