2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 30, 2011 2:42 PM by GARoss

    Added RAM; now extremely slow start-up? Need advice.


      Motherboard - Intel DG965RY - BIOS is updated to latest version 1755
      CPU - Intel E6600 Core-Duo

      RAM - WINTEC 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel

      Dual boot OS; XP & Linux AMD64.


      I'm not sharp as a tack with computers so please bare with me! I have made NO adjustments to my BIOS. The BIOS is, however 100% up to date.

      More than once I've run out of RAM. (And, before someone says, "XP maxs RAM @ 4GB..." Yes, but Linux is 64bit & that's where I need more RAM). My goal was to max out RAM on my Intel DG965RY motherboard. Read all instructions found here...




      ...& found 8GB was the limit & purchased WINTEC 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel. So, here's my problem. Now the computer boots much slower with 8GB installed vs 4GB; like 10x slower.


      Here's how the computer acts. 
      I power up the computer; a few seconds later the blue Intel screen comes up. This is where you'd press F2 to make BIOS adjustments. Normally, this screen is up 10 seconds or less, then it goes to the OS selection screen. I select my OS; then hit Enter & off we go. From this point it is no different with 4GB or 8GB of RAM.
      Power up with 8GB RAM it acts quite differently. After few seconds, the blue Intel screen comes up. This time the screen is up 90 seconds. Then it goes to the OS selection screen & everything is normal from then on. Nothing unusual. System Manage sees all 8GB of RAM.
      I wish I knew more about computers to explain this better, but something isn't right.  Is BIOS checking RAM & other hardware during this blue screen? But, why so much longer? Is there needed setting in BIOS I've missed?
      I guess you could say that it does work with 8GB of RAM as Intel said it would. It's just unusual to me that it would take so long to boot!

      Any ideas? All suggestions are appreciated.