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RE[3]: My Setup
by dulac on Tue 29th Dec 2009 00:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: My Setup"
dulac
Member since:
2006-12-27

Found this:

Memory modules may either be single-sided or double-sided. Since the affected units have 3 memory slots, it is possible to install 1 double-sided module and 2 single-sided modules, resulting in a a 4-sided configuration. It is also possible that the issues could occur with a configuration of 2 double-sided modules but are most likely to occur with the 1 double-sided and 2 single-sided configuration.


This means that a 256MB SIMM is read as TWO SIMS and that was your problem not my diagnosis (though it will affect performance)

The issue may occur on the following computer models configured with 4 memory sides (1 double-sided and 2 single-sided modules, or 2 double-sided modules).

EN Series ENC/XXXX/XXe/X/XXXXX (Intel 815e chipset)
EN Series SDT ENL/XXXX/XXe/X/XXXXX (Intel 815e chipset)
EN Series SFF ENS/XXXX/XXe/X/XXXXX (Intel 815e chipset)


This confirms the PC in question COMPAQ Destop EN. Mine has the label (on top, under my monitor right) of:

"ENS/SP1.0/20e/6/256cvn PORT" where:

ENS : Model
SP1.0: # of CPUs
20e : Disk size (original)
256cvn: RAM (original)

Compaq has written a SoftPaq that updates the system ROM and resolves the issue. Download the SoftPaq and read the instructions carefully before proceeding.
"ROMPaq for Compaq Models with a 686P2 or 686P3 Family ROM," Version 3.11, Revision A (or later) is available online from Compaq (SoftPaq Number SP19580).


Meaning that you problem would be overcome...
... but no reference on the 512MB limit I faced when placed just two 512 SIMMs ... Maybe that is done. Maybe it now accepts 3 x 256 (equivalente to 6 SIMMs).
Whatever the changes I'll try it later.

THE NEW BIOS:
I also found the pack, which was not directly pointed:
the SP19580 SoftPac on
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp19501-20000/sp19580.exe
and it's description on
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp19501-20000/sp19580.txt

Already downloaded both...
As it would be nice to get 768MB, or invest on a second 512MB SIMM ... and never found it before, until now. Whatever the result... Thank you for pushing me on this quest!

And Good Luck with your oldie!
May it revive a 3th time!

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