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Maximum Memory recognized by the Inspiron 531 BIOS

Since Windows 7 x64 runs fine on my Inspiron 531, I would like to know if the BIOS will recognize 8GB of ram.

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Re: Maximum Memory recognized by the Inspiron 531 BIOS

Nope. Dells validated maximum is 4GB.



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obermd
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Re: Maximum Memory recognized by the Inspiron 531 BIOS

That wasn't the question.  There can be a difference between a tested/validated maximum and the real maximum supported.

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Re: Maximum Memory recognized by the Inspiron 531 BIOS

THIS might interest you.

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obermd
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Re: Maximum Memory recognized by the Inspiron 531 BIOS

I also found a thread about an Inspiron 530 running 8GB of memory with Vista x64.

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Re: Maximum Memory recognized by the Inspiron 531 BIOS

obermd,

tested/validated = your warranty coverage

If you go beyond 4GB and brick the motherboard, it will not be covered by the Dell warranty.



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Re: Maximum Memory recognized by the Inspiron 531 BIOS

Just be aware there is like five versions of the 530 and only two of them are known to support 8 GB of memory.  Also the 530 is an Intel based motherboard while the 531 is an AMD motherboard.  Totally built by two different companies.  530 by Foxconn and 531 by ASUS.

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obermd
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Re: Maximum Memory recognized by the Inspiron 531 BIOS

This is useful to know.  The BIOS remapped the PCI address space above the 4GB address line when I installed Windows 7 x64.  As for "bricking" the system with a memory installation - that can happen anytime you open the case.

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