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ADayt
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DG45FC Memory Limit

 

When I built my DG45FC m/b desktop at an Intel Channel Conference in Garden City, Long Island, New York

It came with a single 2 Gbyte Kinston Ram in one of two available slots. This was great for immediate upgrade to 4 Gbytes Ram.

I like the incredible general utility of this m/b, however I should like to give it some extra Ram headroom by installing two

Kingston KVR800D2N6K2/8G4 GB8006-6-6Non-ECCx8Elpida E2108ABSE-8G-E

as listed in the following Intel support document:

http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/dg45fc/sb/CS-029148.htm?wapkw=dg45fc http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/dg45fc/sb/CS-029148.htm?wapkw=dg45fc

This appears

to allow 8 Gbytes of total DDR2 ram to be utilized on this m/b.

Kingston (who has since discontinued that product SKU# ) says their old records indicate

only 4 Gbytes total ram is supported on this m/b.....BUT their support tech indicates the possibility

that Intel bios updates may have increased that to 8 Gbytes limit.....?????

I have the latest bios installed [ IDG4510H.86A.0135.EB.EXE ] however, I find no reference to Ram updates.

The question is: Is this m/b capable of handling 8 Gbytes of Ram?

Thanks for your help.

Alfred Dayton

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partner_AT_adayton_DOT_com

PS: CHIPSET: INTEL CORE 2 DUO CPU E8500 @ 3.166GHZ 3.16GHZ

O/S: 64 BIT WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE

RAM: PRESENTLY 2 STICKS KINGSTON 2 GBYTE RAM=4GBYTES TOTAL RAM.

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Silvia_L_Intel1
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Alfred, the information given by Doc is totally correct. In addition to that, the memory you are using is included on the list of tested memory kits. http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/dg45fc/sb/CS-029148.htm Intel� Desktop Board DG45FC — System memory

You may want to test the board using 1 memory stick at the time in order to test both memory DIMMs.

ADayt
Beginner
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Thanks all for the response. It seems that the specific Kingston Model (Kingston KVR800D2N6K2/8G)

is discontinued. I am having great difficulty finding a spec match. Does anyone have another source

for a spec equivalent? All the retail sources show as discontinued/out of stock.

Also there is a PCI Express x 1 on the motherboard that I would like to add in a Gbit intel low profile nic.

Would you know the model/part number for the appropriate Intel single or dual port nic card that will function in

this M/B? Would like also to team the PCI e add-on with the built-in nic on M/B. I believe there is something like "Intel PRO 1000" or something like that but need confirmation.

Thanks for your help,

Alfred

Silvia_L_Intel1
Employee
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Alfred, this motherboard has been out of support since 2012. Therefore, it will be very difficult to find an active memory. You might need to check for compatible memory on eBay or Amazon.

The following link contains the list of tested components of the DG45FC and DQ45EK. http://www.intel.com/cd/channel/reseller/asmo-na/eng/tech_reference/box_desktop/int_inst_info/dsk_te... Tested Components List

ADayt
Beginner
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Thanks Sylvia. This M/B just happens to be my personal workhorse and has served me splendidly all these years. From simple email/browsing that I regularly depend on to testing Microsoft hypervisor with multiple Virtual Windows Server 2008 VM instances. (Yes it worked great :-) ). I will follow up on your nic card references.

The biggest problem I have found in trying to get an equivalent replacement for the Kingston ram is the lack of precise specifications matching when researching eBay, Amazon.com et al. The specs state that I MUST NOT have " 16X " memory so I am very leery about buying Ram on the open market that I am not absolutely certain meets the published [dg45FC] ram specification that matches the already qualified (Kingston KVR800D2N6K2/8G) Ram (2 x 4 Gbyte). Any further guidance in this specific area would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again,

Alfred Dayton

Silvia_L_Intel1
Employee
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Alfred, I found the following sites that have some of those tested memory in stock.

In regards to the Double-sided DIMMs with x16 organization that are not supported, this information should be available at the manufacture site. For example, Kingston KVR667D2N5/512, is DDR2, 1.8V, CL5, Single-Sided. Therefore, this type of RAM should work without problems. http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/configurator_new/PartsInfo_disc.asp?root=&LinkBack=&ktcpartno=KVR667... Kingston Technology Company - Kingston Memory Search - Search Results for:

Hope this information will be helpful for you.

ADayt
Beginner
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Hi Sylvia,

Thanks so much for the guidance. I have purchased the following RAM and

it " works " , that is, The O/S boots up and performs as it did with the 4 Gigs of

Kingston ram. BUT this ram is only reporting at bios and at O/S level 4 gigs of ram.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/r.html?R=2IP4HMCOCDZWR&C=3TG14KBDH777U&H=4DH9WB2BD9SUAFATBXSTEPNANUWA&T=C&U... Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C5C 4GB XMS2

 

PC2-6400 800Mhz 240-Pin Dual Channel DDR2 Desktop Memory

i.e. the motherboard/bios does not seem to be recognizing and utilizing

the 8 Gigs. I have the latest bios installed.

ADayt
Beginner
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PS: O/S is Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

NSCOTT_P_Intel
Employee
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Alfred,

What is the BIOS actually saying on the main scene? Is it reporting that two 4G DIMMs are present? You could try taking a picture of your monitor with a cell phone.

Alternatively, the BIOS publishes a data table that provides the same information. If you have Intel Desktop Utilities installed, you can start up the GUI and go into the System Information Detail scene and click on the Save button to have a text file generated that provides all of the details.

Post the picture or file here and we can look further...

...Scott