Why my computer doess not detect the memory?

Question

I have a memory problem, I added new memory to my computer but for some reason its not detecting it ...Please help me, why is this happening

Answer

This question was answered on March 3, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

There are several reasons for this to happen:

Memory not setup properly in CMOS

Ensure that the computer memory is properly setup within CMOS The computer will only be able to detect what is defined in CMOS Note: most new computers should auto detect this value, however insure the auto detect is properly set

Computer does not support as much memory as you are attempting to add

Verify through documentation or through the computer or motherboard manufacturer that that your computer is capable of supporting the amount of memory you are attempting to add Many computers may not be able to support large amounts of memory exceeding 128, 256 or 512MB of memory

It is possible that the manufacturer of the computer or motherboard may have a BIOS update which may also correct issues with the computer detecting more memory or allow the computer to accept more memory

Memory incompatibility

If the computer is capable of supporting the amount of memory you are attempting to add into the computer verify the new memory is compatible with the existing memory or that you are installing the correct type of computer memory

Because of the possible differences in computer manufactured motherboards this information must be obtained either through the computer manufacturer of documentation on the computer motherboard

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 3, 2004