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RE[3]: My Setup
by dulac on Mon 28th Dec 2009 23:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: My Setup"
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That is actually VERY good news.

Good! ;)

Broken SIMM ? Or maybe it was a DIMM that I tried...)

But I faced the same troubles.
Probably it was a SIMM with different timings...
... That is enough to lose that one or the other.
Since it all depends on the first to be checked, sometimes placing the offending one on the other extreme may solve the problem. It happens.

Just to confirm: your mobo had 3 SIMM slots, right?

It should be the same as yours. What's important (and was a cold bath not to see 1GB when I tried) is that limit of 512MB.

So I can just insert a 256 MB on one, and keep the two 128 MB ones sitting there, right? Also, do you remember which type of RAM it would be; at the moment, I think it was a 168-pin SDRAM compatible slot, right?)

I'm using it right now and the monitor is very heavy. Wait... YES... its 3 slots...
And I have replaced the 256MB/133ns by just ONE SIMM of 512MB/133ns SIMM after failing other attempts I cannot remember.
It is NOT 2 x 256 as I thought. I believe the problem was that 512MB is the BIOS limit.

- SIMMs MUST be compatible (meaning the timings SHOULD be the same like twins)
- You MAY try 100ns SIMMs IF and only they are twins of 256MB and you cannot get twins of 133ns.
- The best functional solution is to have ONE SIMM or to find a BIOS upgrade that eliminates the limitation, assuming it is not an hardware limitation (unless an hardware memory controller is in between).

I'm trying and cannot find a BIOS upgrade at HP.
And neither the Manuals.
I still have 5 options to get this Ubuntu lighter:
- Debian (Debian XFCE CD with all codecs)
- Debris (Ubuntu with Gnome over OpenBox)
- Salix (Slackware with XFCE)
- WattOS (Ubuntu with LXDE)
- #! (Ubuntu with OpenBox)
From top to down.

But turning off unused services helped allot. BTW: Check

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