Any setting to limit how much RAM soundcard can use in Windows 8.1

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  1. bluecatfish

    bluecatfish MDL Junior Member

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    #1 bluecatfish, Nov 16, 2013
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    Compaq CQ60-420US with Windows 8.1 Pro WMC and 4 GB RAM. Conexant High Definition SmartAudio 221 drivers installed. No sound with the 4 GB RAM installed. Remove one 2 GB stick of Ram and sound works great. Is there any setting to limit the sound card to only use 2GB of the ram when 4 GB are installed?
     
  2. pun

    pun MDL Senior Member

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    Maybe the second RAM chip is faulty? Just to rule out a defective chip- have you ensured that both of them work well with the sound card used separately?
     
  3. bluecatfish

    bluecatfish MDL Junior Member

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    Sound works with either one of the ram chips installed but not with both installed. The sound is integrated in the laptop.
     
  4. eydee

    eydee Guest

    Maybe a driver issue, you should contact the manufacturer and ask for help. Or just remove 2MB permanently and problem solved.
     
  5. hbhb

    hbhb MDL Expert

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    make sure RAM sticks are both compatible:tea:
     
  6. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    How do you run Win8.1 with 4 MB of RAM? Don't you mean GB?
     
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  7. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    detweiller, op certainly talks about gig range as the machine comes with either 2 or 4 gig ram. Guess that a 8.1 would not even flicker with some kind of 2 MB
     
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  8. eydee

    eydee Guest

    LOL, I thought it was some special high-end sound card with onboard, replacable RAM... Geeez. In this case, removing one stick is probably not the best solution.
     
  9. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    HP/Compaq is the laziest company out there with the "best" service ever. Be prepared for a nice delay of useful data coming in if ever
     
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  10. bluecatfish

    bluecatfish MDL Junior Member

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    The ram is 2 matched sticks of Samsung ram with this on them: 2GB 2Rx8 PC2-6400S-866-12-E3. The sound not working might be a driver problem with 4GB installed, but I can't see how the sound works perfect with only 2GB installed. The sound works equally well with either of the ram sticks installed. Another note, if the 4GB is installed and no sound Media Center will not play a DVD. With only 2GB installed and sound working Media Center plays DVD's fine. I was hoping some one knew of a way of limiting the integrated sound to 2GB with the 4 GB installed. It is not good to only have 2 GB installed when you have 4GB.
     
  11. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    the trick is not to limit the ram but to find the cause for that issue. Consider them having a 16 or 32 bulk of ram but only can use 2 of them :D
    Second the hint upon wrong drivers or worst case a malfunction on the MB
     
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  12. Carlos Detweiller

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    Of course. I just forgot the irony tags. Forgive me.
     
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  13. manu198045

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