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Limit of 384 MB RAM for Intel WS440BX?

Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2003 8:00 pm
by kbert777
According to Manufacturers Documentation 384 MB is the limit of supported PC100 SDRAM for this board. Can this limit be acceded and the RAM still be recognized and used?



Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2003 8:05 pm
by soupy
They probably wouldn't specify a limit if it weren't true, would they. :)

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2003 2:02 am
by kbert777
...posted max speed for CPU is PIII 550 MHz, does not have any problems recognizing and displaying PIII 850 MHz...

So much for documentation...


Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2003 3:25 am
by Denniss
With an Intel i440BX based Board the Limitation should be 512MB with 2 memory slots and 768MB with 3 Slots using doublesized 16-chip 16x8 256MB memory sticks

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2003 2:50 pm
by Rainbow
If the BIOS does not intentionally limit the capacity (as it does with CPU type on most Intel boards...)

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2003 5:18 pm
by soupy ... tm#WS440BX

Maybe Gateway requested Intel design it that way. In any case, it would seem the documentation is right.

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2003 6:22 pm
by kbert777
So what actually limits the amount of RAM that is usable or recognized?
This board has three slots and it will recognize a single 256 MB DIMM in each slot. Don't have any more 256 MB DIMM's laying around in order to test if it would see more.
Is the limit set in the firmware? If it is set in the firmware can the limit be removed or altered? As stated in a previous reply most Intel ..440BX boards support 768 MB of RAM, that's why I am asking.
Or would there be the chance that the BIOS would recognize 512 MB or 768 MB?



Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 9:42 pm
by tim1234
Klaus - did you ever find out if this motherboard supports more than 384Mb of memory? I have the same motherboard in an old PC and I want to bump the memory up to max so I can use it as a linux server



Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 1:40 am
by edwin
If you have a 256MB strip of PC100 or PC133 memory with 8 chips on each side, test it and see if it displays 256MB. If it does (it should) you can use 3 of them and go to 768MB total.

This memory sellers seems to know it will handle them: ... 14163.html

and there's others too.

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:13 am
by tim1234
Thanks Edwin