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Thank you for the post. I did receive my 16gb memory last night. I notice the BIOS picked up the memory and everything was running nice and smooth. If I plan to use the 16gb memory is there a way to know if I will run into problems with them? My whole goal was to build a lab at home for my studies. I will be running a couple of VM's and stuff. I know other members said their machines get locked up or have some system issue. 

 

Just want to test the 16gb to make sure it works or if not send it back. 

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Hi Peter! Welcome to the Forums!   I didn’t do anything with the Northbridge settings. I installed the 16GB RAM after flashing the MOD-BIOS.   Full Disclosure – I talked about this at the meet-up:

That normally indicates that the system is right on the edge of compatibility. In this case, the RAM detection routine is sometimes getting the proper responses from the RAM sticks in the alloted time

You ever get the feeling that HP was going to say that it supports 16GB but gave up and stated it supports 8GB because they couldn't get it to properly recognize 16GB?

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After you complete your memtest's you may want to restart a few dozen times to see how many times 16GB vs 8GB show up on post.

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Good idea JM. I recall you saying that you got different results on reboots with certain makes/models of DIMM. That might even be the best first test to conduct.

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memtest86 is free. Just search for it on the Internet; very easy to find.

 

I would reboot quite a few more than a couple of times. Try 8 or 10.

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Well i restarted it about 4 time but on the 5 time I got a error message ... A blue screen saying something about 

 

CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT Blue Screen

 

now was that suppose to happen if the memory was an issue? I turn it off and restarted it again without any problems... 

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Hmmmm, usually what your would see is that the system would report finding less RAM than is actually installed. Is it possible you turned the power switch off and on really quickly? Generally, I wait for at least 10 seconds before powering back up.

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Well what I was doing was just restarting the system. Every time the hyper-v core would be up i log in and restart. I guess I was doing it wrong from what you said. 

 

Am i suppose to turn off the system then turn it on every time to see if it keeps reading the same memory?

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Yeah, you really need to power it off and back on. That's the real test IMHO. And, like I said, I wait at least 10 seconds between power off and on.

 

JM, do you concur?

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