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    Default Asrock Conroe1666-D667 **R1.0** compatibility issue with 4GB(2x2GB) trascend memory

    Hello Folks,
    I have an compatibility issue with 4GB(2x2GB) trascend memory.

    My motherboard is an Asrock Conroe1666-D667 **R1.0** and 4GB (2x2GB trascend memory modules).

    The problem is that the bios and also a linux x64 only recognizes 2.8GB of ram memory.

    How can I do to have 4GB on my linux?

    Upgrade the bios can fix it?

    I doesn't try to upgrade the bios:
    ASRock > ConRoe1333-D667 R1.0

    because when I go to the BIOS download page:
    ASRock > ConRoe1333-D667 R1.0

    and try to download:
    http://66.226.78.21/downloadsite/bio...)(1.80)Win.zip

    the zip name is for **R2.0** and i don't know if I can upgrade my R1.0 motherboard with the R2.0 zip

    Also I tried to configure manually the BIOS to set the DRAM to apropiate values, but that didn't work. Also a very strange thing happen. Now Speccy tells me the (CL, tRCD, tRP, tRAS, tRC) values are (3, 3, 3, 9, 12) instead of (4, 4, 4, 12, 16)


    More details.
    Memory - From Speccy:
    Type DDR2
    Size 4096 MBytes
    Channels # Dual
    DRAM Frequency 199,5 MHz
    CAS# Latency (CL) 3 clocks
    RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) 3 clocks
    RAS# Precharge (tRP) 3 clocks
    Cycle Time (tRAS) 9 clocks
    Bank Cycle Time (tRC) 12 clocks

    Thanks in advance.

    - Yasim

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    Default Re: Asrock Conroe1666-D667 **R1.0** compatibility issue with 4GB(2x2GB) trascend memory

    Is there a reason I'm not aware of that would preclude you from downloading and or using the latest BIOS revision, 1.90?
    #1 - Please, when seeking help, enter the make and model of ALL parts that your system is comprised of in your Signature, or at least the model #'s in your System Specs, then "Save' it.
    ____If you are overclocking, underclocking, or undervolting any parts, informing us of this and their values would prove beneficial in helping you.

    #2 - G.Skill RAM Configurator for your boardSamsung Memory for your boardLatest AMD Chipset Drivers/WindowsLatest AMD Graphics Drivers/WindowsLatest Intel Drivers

    #3 - Please use the eXtreme Outer Vision Power Supply Calculator found HERE to determine if it might be your PSU at issue.
    ____Consider your PSU to be the foundation from which all else is built upon. Anything built upon a weak foundation is poorly built.

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    Default Re: Asrock Conroe1666-D667 **R1.0** compatibility issue with 4GB(2x2GB) trascend memory

    To your remarks of the (R2.0) showing the files names of R1.0 board downloads I have sent an email to ASRock for investigation.

    It does seem odd yet I am unfamiliar with if they are there correctly or not. I have asked that Emily reply here so that you may have a direct answer from ASRock.
    Last edited by - wardog -; 01-27-2014 at 06:14 PM.
    #1 - Please, when seeking help, enter the make and model of ALL parts that your system is comprised of in your Signature, or at least the model #'s in your System Specs, then "Save' it.
    ____If you are overclocking, underclocking, or undervolting any parts, informing us of this and their values would prove beneficial in helping you.

    #2 - G.Skill RAM Configurator for your boardSamsung Memory for your boardLatest AMD Chipset Drivers/WindowsLatest AMD Graphics Drivers/WindowsLatest Intel Drivers

    #3 - Please use the eXtreme Outer Vision Power Supply Calculator found HERE to determine if it might be your PSU at issue.
    ____Consider your PSU to be the foundation from which all else is built upon. Anything built upon a weak foundation is poorly built.

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    Default Re: Asrock Conroe1666-D667 **R1.0** compatibility issue with 4GB(2x2GB) trascend memory

    Quote Originally Posted by - wardog - View Post
    To your remarks of the (R2.0) showing the files names of R1.0 board downloads I have sent an email to ASRock for investigation.
    I received a reply back from Emily stating that the BIOSes are the same between the R1.0 and the R2.0 boards.

    Please flash using 1.90 as that has the "4GB Compatibility" of 1.80 rolled into it.
    #1 - Please, when seeking help, enter the make and model of ALL parts that your system is comprised of in your Signature, or at least the model #'s in your System Specs, then "Save' it.
    ____If you are overclocking, underclocking, or undervolting any parts, informing us of this and their values would prove beneficial in helping you.

    #2 - G.Skill RAM Configurator for your boardSamsung Memory for your boardLatest AMD Chipset Drivers/WindowsLatest AMD Graphics Drivers/WindowsLatest Intel Drivers

    #3 - Please use the eXtreme Outer Vision Power Supply Calculator found HERE to determine if it might be your PSU at issue.
    ____Consider your PSU to be the foundation from which all else is built upon. Anything built upon a weak foundation is poorly built.

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    Default Re: Asrock Conroe1666-D667 **R1.0** compatibility issue with 4GB(2x2GB) trascend memory

    Thanks wardog, there was no good reason to my original intention in updating to BIOS P1.80.

    So I update the BIOS to P1.90 succefully. But the problem persist :(.

    Some remarks:
    The startup screen of the BIOS when I power up the machine show's 2944MB.
    If I enter to the BIOS overview (F2) recognizes 4096MB. But identifies the modules as PC2-4300 but I know there are PC2-5300.
    Windows XP x32 shows 2.943MB physical memory
    Linux x64 (Ubuntu 13.10) shows 2883MB.

    Also I do a simple memory test with a Ubuntu 13.10 x64 utility and the report says:

    Name:memory/info

    Result: FAILED

    Comment: /proc/meminfo reports: 2953072.0 kB lshw reports: 4194304.0 kB FAIL: Meminfo reports 1271021568 bytes less than lshw, a difference of 29.59%. Only a variance of 20% in reported memory is allowed.

    Here is the "dump" of other linux commands:

    root@ubuntu:~# lshw -C memory
    ############################

    PCI (sysfs)
    *-firmware
    description: BIOS
    vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
    physical id: 0
    version: P1.90
    date: 11/18/2009
    size: 64KiB
    capacity: 448KiB
    capabilities: pci pnp upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect socketedrom edd int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi usb ls120boot zipboot biosbootspecification netboot
    *-cache:0
    description: L1 cache
    physical id: 5
    slot: L1-Cache
    size: 64KiB
    capacity: 64KiB
    capabilities: internal write-back data
    *-cache:1
    description: L2 cache
    physical id: 6
    slot: L2-Cache
    size: 2MiB
    capacity: 2MiB
    capabilities: internal write-back unified
    *-memory
    description: System Memory
    physical id: e
    slot: System board or motherboard
    size: 4GiB
    *-bank:0
    description: DIMM SDRAM Synchronous
    product: PartNum0
    vendor: Manufacturer0
    physical id: 0
    serial: SerNum0
    slot: DIMM0
    size: 2GiB
    width: 64 bits
    *-bank:1
    description: DIMM SDRAM Synchronous
    product: PartNum1
    vendor: Manufacturer1
    physical id: 1
    serial: SerNum1
    slot: DIMM1
    size: 2GiB
    width: 64 bits




    root@ubuntu:~# cat /proc/meminfo
    #############################


    MemTotal: 2953072 kB
    MemFree: 796612 kB
    Buffers: 196816 kB
    Cached: 846676 kB
    SwapCached: 0 kB
    Active: 1309628 kB
    Inactive: 674616 kB
    Active(anon): 991116 kB
    Inactive(anon): 46300 kB
    Active(file): 318512 kB
    Inactive(file): 628316 kB
    Unevictable: 0 kB
    Mlocked: 0 kB
    SwapTotal: 3654712 kB
    SwapFree: 3654712 kB
    Dirty: 0 kB
    Writeback: 0 kB
    AnonPages: 940796 kB
    Mapped: 154436 kB
    Shmem: 96664 kB
    Slab: 93028 kB
    SReclaimable: 63408 kB
    SUnreclaim: 29620 kB
    KernelStack: 3544 kB
    PageTables: 32244 kB
    NFS_Unstable: 0 kB
    Bounce: 0 kB
    WritebackTmp: 0 kB
    CommitLimit: 5131248 kB
    Committed_AS: 4018264 kB
    VmallocTotal: 34359738367 kB
    VmallocUsed: 65784 kB
    VmallocChunk: 34359661332 kB
    HardwareCorrupted: 0 kB
    AnonHugePages: 0 kB
    HugePages_Total: 0
    HugePages_Free: 0
    HugePages_Rsvd: 0
    HugePages_Surp: 0
    Hugepagesize: 2048 kB
    DirectMap4k: 81600 kB
    DirectMap2M: 2932736 kB


    root@ubuntu:~# dmidecode --type memory
    ####################################


    # dmidecode 2.12
    SMBIOS 2.4 present.

    Handle 0x0007, DMI type 5, 20 bytes
    Memory Controller Information
    Error Detecting Method: 64-bit ECC
    Error Correcting Capabilities:
    None
    Supported Interleave: One-way Interleave
    Current Interleave: One-way Interleave
    Maximum Memory Module Size: 4096 MB
    Maximum Total Memory Size: 8192 MB
    Supported Speeds:
    Other
    Supported Memory Types:
    DIMM
    SDRAM
    Memory Module Voltage: 3.3 V
    Associated Memory Slots: 2
    0x0008
    0x0009
    Enabled Error Correcting Capabilities:
    None

    Handle 0x0008, DMI type 6, 12 bytes
    Memory Module Information
    Socket Designation: DIMM0
    Bank Connections: 0 1
    Current Speed: Unknown
    Type: DIMM SDRAM
    Installed Size: 2048 MB (Double-bank Connection)
    Enabled Size: 2048 MB (Double-bank Connection)
    Error Status: OK

    Handle 0x0009, DMI type 6, 12 bytes
    Memory Module Information
    Socket Designation: DIMM1
    Bank Connections: 4 5
    Current Speed: Unknown
    Type: DIMM SDRAM
    Installed Size: 2048 MB (Double-bank Connection)
    Enabled Size: 2048 MB (Double-bank Connection)
    Error Status: OK

    Handle 0x000E, DMI type 16, 15 bytes
    Physical Memory Array
    Location: System Board Or Motherboard
    Use: System Memory
    Error Correction Type: None
    Maximum Capacity: 4 GB
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Number Of Devices: 2

    Handle 0x0010, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x000E
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: 64 bits
    Data Width: 64 bits
    Size: 2048 MB
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM0
    Bank Locator: BANK0
    Type: SDRAM
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: Unknown
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer0
    Serial Number: SerNum0
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum0
    Part Number: PartNum0

    Handle 0x0012, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x000E
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: 64 bits
    Data Width: 64 bits
    Size: 2048 MB
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM1
    Bank Locator: BANK1
    Type: SDRAM
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: Unknown
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer1
    Serial Number: SerNum1
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum1
    Part Number: PartNum1

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