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« on: November 06, 2004, 10:46:52 PM »

I think this is the memory I have:- 256MB DDR PC2100
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2004, 12:05:52 AM »

And your motherboard brand and model?

Did you only install XP, or also any service packs?
Did you reinstall your motherboard chipset drivers after you reinstalled Windows?
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2004, 04:49:57 PM »

Jee:-

Motherboard:- MICRO-STAR INT.CO.LTD. - MS-6382 - BIOS Award Software 6.00PG

XP is complete with all SPacks - including SP2

Motherboard chipset drivers? No idea what these are - don't think they needed re-installing as everything works fine (except the RAM is only showing half of its capacity)

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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2004, 06:47:22 PM »

Download & unzip these 4-in-1's, then doubleclick on the Setup.exe that's in there. This will install your motherboard chipset drivers. Then reboot the system and see what your memory says again.
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2004, 08:45:18 PM »

Thanks for that Jee

I have been doing some searching since your last post about the motherboard drivers ...... basically, what ever site says is,

'Do not download and activate unless you know what you are doing, I don't - so what happens if my motherboard ends up useless?'

I am NOT at all confident about this Sad

But I want my memory back?Embarrassed

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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2004, 02:37:31 AM »

Drivers won't harm your system. They are a specific means to make the communication between the hardware and the operating system better.

Without the specific ones for your hardware, Windows will use its generic ones (built in) which don't understand half of what is going on with your hardware.

So you install drivers. For your motherboard chipset, for your videocard, for your audiocard, for your network card, for your mouse etc. etc.

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