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Whats the problem?

I have an older model Hp Pavillion XG833 that i've passed down to my nephew. It has been upgraded to XP and I have tried time and again to get it to accept (2) sticks of 256MB SDRAM however, it will only take a comdination maximum of 384 MB. The system specs. max is 512 MB. Can anyone instruct me as to how I can get the system to accept the maximum.

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In reply to: Whats the problem?

Took special versions of the 256MB sticks. You usually won't find them in retail shops but order them from I've written the technical reasons why a few dozen times so I'll not duplicate that anymore.


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I have had to work with the same pc and had the same problem. Every board is different in accepting ram. If I were you get another stick adn swap it until it all registers as 512.

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Make sure the two sticks of 256M is compatible.Is't the same type and model,and produced in the approximate time?

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Thanks alot you guys. After purchasing,(and returning)a 128 MB memory stick from Circuit City, I switched all memory sticks around; some were compatible and others not. It looks as though you guys were right; I have to have (2) perfectly compatible RAM sticks to get the maximum 512 MB for the system.

Thanks Again


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