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Can I use greater RAM that specified by motherboard maker?

by adeepak1972 / September 2, 2011 10:20 PM PDT

I have window xp Prof sp3 with Asus Motherboard (Core2Duo E4500 2.2Ghz Intel 82945G Express chipset) on my desktop. It has two RAM slots. Asus specifies maximum 1 GB per slot for this particular motherboard. One of the RAM slots is not working (display goes off if RAM is installed on this slot). I do not want to send mother board for repair. I need extra RAM. Can I load the working slot with 2GB or more RAM without harming or overheating the system? A few computer mechanics suggested I can do so but Asus service center advised against this.

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Clarification Request
(NT) Motherboard is ASUS P5GC-MX Memory Type: DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2
by adeepak1972 / September 3, 2011 8:50 PM PDT

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Why not see what Crucial says?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 2, 2011 10:22 PM PDT
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Thanks markflax.
by adeepak1972 / September 3, 2011 8:47 PM PDT

Crucial is a nice tool but it seems to be advising based on manufacturers recommendation only.

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May be
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 4, 2011 6:12 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks markflax.

but it also tells you how much RAM the system can take, based on the motherboard, and what type of RAM is suitable. Mix and matching doesn't work with RAM sticks.

I'm not sure what else you need to know.

Mark

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Depends on the board
by Jimmy Greystone / September 2, 2011 11:02 PM PDT

It depends on the board. Sometimes it will work, other times it won't. Until you try it you'll never know.

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Thanks Jimmy
by adeepak1972 / September 3, 2011 8:48 PM PDT

I guess I will try and see.

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