Windows Legacy OS forum


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.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Can I use greater RAM that specified by motherboard maker?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Can I use greater RAM that specified by motherboard maker?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Clarification Request
(NT) Motherboard is ASUS P5GC-MX Memory Type: DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2
by adeepak1972 / September 3, 2011 8:50 PM PDT

All Answers

Collapse -
Why not see what Crucial says?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 2, 2011 10:22 PM PDT
Collapse -
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.

Collapse -
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.


Collapse -
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.

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

I guess I will try and see.

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

Does BMW or Volvo do it best?

Pint-size luxury and funky style

Shopping for a new car this weekend? See how the BMW X2 stacks up against the Volvo XC40 in our side-by-side comparison.