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Intel DG41KR motherboard BIOS update for 8GB RAM support

zghosn
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Hello,

I had to reuse an old DG41KR motherboard with 4GB of RAM for home schooling. Works fine with Windows 10/32bit. Running Intel Q6600 and Kingston SSD for fast performance.

I purchased 2 sticks of Crucial 4GB RAM to upgrade to Win10 64bit, after consulting Crucial RAM selector for compatibility confirmation. I received the RAM and installed them: no boot, 3 beeps!!!

After contacting Crucial product support and trying all the tricks in the books, they advised updating the BIOS. But no BIOS update on the Intel site. See pics for RAM purchased, and advise for needed BIOS update and where (safe site) to find it.

 

Curiously, Intel list support for 4GB on one page, and 8GB on another page!!!

 

Thx,

zghosn

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n_scott_pearson
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What is current version of the BIOS that you are using? What is/are the full product id(s) for the memory DIMMs that you tried?
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zghosn
Beginner
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Hello,

Thanks for your swift reply...

The BIOS version I have now is KRG4110H.86A.0027.2009.1019.2129

The RAM I purchased (see photo) is https://www.crucial.com/memory/ddr3/ct2k51264bd160b/ct10953377 from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005NU49DG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Thx

ZG

 

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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First of all, there is a new BIOS available. I have attached a ZIP file providing this package.

Secondly, even though this page says the memory is compatible, I do not believe that it is. This is 1.35V DDR3L-1600 memory, but your board only supports 1.9V DDR3-1066 memory. Here is the full requirements:

  • 1.9 V, 2.0 V, and 2.1 V DDR3 SDRAM DIMMs with gold plated contacts, with the option to raise the voltage to support higher performance DDR3 SDRAM DIMMs
  • Dual channel interleaved mode support
  • Unbuffered, single-sided or double-sided DIMMs with the following restriction: Double-sided DIMMs with x16 organization are not supported.
  • 4 GB maximum total system memory. Refer to Section 2.1.1 on page 39 for information on the total amount of addressable memory.
  • Minimum total system memory: 512 MB
  • Non-ECC DIMMs
  • Serial Presence Detect
  • DDR3 1066 MHz or DDR3 800 MHz SDRAM DIMMs

Hope this helps,

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zghosn
Beginner
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Thanks, I will try that 0032 BIOS version update. Hopefully it will solve my problem.

There's a 0052 version floating on several websites: https://rebyte.me/en/intel/134582/?fileTypeId=4&operationSystemId=74

How do I know it's legit and won't brick my PC?

Cheers,

ZG

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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That's not a BIOS release for your board. BIOS 32 is the last for your board.
I don't know about you, but, in general, I wouldn't trust that kind of site. In the case of Intel's BIO (and CAP) files, however, there isn't as much of an issue. Intel uses a file format that is both compressed and encrypted, so it cannot be broken into. In addition, since it is the existing (running) BIOS that is responsible for the installation of the new BIOS (and any other firmware included in the file), the installation is secured as well.
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zghosn
Beginner
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I will do the BIOS update as soon as the school year is over, in a couple of days. Will keep you posted... I really appreciate your help.

Cheers

ZG

zghosn
Beginner
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The BIOS update went well.

Still the Crucial sticks did not work.

Someone seems to have been able to use 8GB RAM on this board:

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/JpRJ7P#cx3973666

Really weird...

Cheers

ZG

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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I explained previously exactly why these Crucial DIMMs will not work. It may be possible to find DIMMs, but you must adhere to the requirements that I detailed above.

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