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edlo1234
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Inspiron 1525, Ram Upgrade Problems

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I'm trying to upgrade my Inspiron to 8GB of RAM, but when I try to run it with 8GB, the BIOS refuses to finish loading. Replacing one 4GB stick with the old 2GB stick, running it at 6GB of total RAM, it works fine, but not with both 4GB sticks in with a total of 8GB. I'm running the latest (I think.) A17 BIOS revision for my laptop. Does anyone know how I can get the whole 8GB working?

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Smecjo
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Re: Inspiron 1525, Ram Upgrade Problems

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You can check the following:

Does your i1525 have

1. a 64-bit cpu

2. an 64-bit operating system (OS)

3. all the 64-bit drivers?

If so, then it's strange it does

run the BIOS and OS with 6GB but not

with 8GB. 

It can't be the OS if you 're running

an 64-bit one for instance Win Vista Home Premium 64-bit.

Do you have a Dual Boot (2 OS) or not?

If not, the problem must be in a hardware component.

I want to test 8GB RAM on my i1525 but before I buy

2 x 4GB RAM I want to know if the i1525 can handle that amount.

A17 is indeed the latest version. What does the BIOS display

when you run with 6GB under the tab 'Memory'?

What kind of error (code) does the BIOS 

display with 8GB? I understand it stops and freezes? So it doesn't

give an error code at all? Have you tried

all combinations: module 1 of 4 GB in socket 1, module 2 of 4GB in socket 2.

module 2 in socket 1 and module 1 in socket 2 and so on

with 1 module of 2GB in socket 1 and 1 module of 4GB in socket 2.

Windows Vista (64 bit)

  • Ultimate: 128 GB
  • Enterprise: 128 GB
  • Business: 128 GB
  • Home Premium: 16 GB
  • Home Basic: 8 GB
So it's absolutely an i1525 limitation. On the other hand: almost every source
is telling about a max of 4GB though your i1525 has managed to handle 6GB!
That is 2GB above the max that Dell claims it can handle.
You can check with Piriform Speccy, Belarc Advisor and PC Wizard 2012 how
your 2GB and 4GB modules are handled by your i1525.
Success!

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8 Krypton

RE: Inspiron 1525, Ram Upgrade Problems

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A BIOS update won't help.  The 4G limit is at the silicon level - the chipset supports only 4G of RAM

http://ark.intel.com/products/29821/Intel-82GM965-Graphics-and-Memory-Controller

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Re: Inspiron 1525, Ram Upgrade Problems

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Max RAM for this system is 4G -- though 6 might have worked, 8 probably won't.

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edlo1234
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Re: Inspiron 1525, Ram Upgrade Problems

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Aww alright, was hoping there'd be a hack or a get around to use more RAM. Thanks though!

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Smecjo
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Re: Inspiron 1525, Ram Upgrade Problems

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You can check the following:

Does your i1525 have

1. a 64-bit cpu

2. an 64-bit operating system (OS)

3. all the 64-bit drivers?

If so, then it's strange it does

run the BIOS and OS with 6GB but not

with 8GB. 

It can't be the OS if you 're running

an 64-bit one for instance Win Vista Home Premium 64-bit.

Do you have a Dual Boot (2 OS) or not?

If not, the problem must be in a hardware component.

I want to test 8GB RAM on my i1525 but before I buy

2 x 4GB RAM I want to know if the i1525 can handle that amount.

A17 is indeed the latest version. What does the BIOS display

when you run with 6GB under the tab 'Memory'?

What kind of error (code) does the BIOS 

display with 8GB? I understand it stops and freezes? So it doesn't

give an error code at all? Have you tried

all combinations: module 1 of 4 GB in socket 1, module 2 of 4GB in socket 2.

module 2 in socket 1 and module 1 in socket 2 and so on

with 1 module of 2GB in socket 1 and 1 module of 4GB in socket 2.

Windows Vista (64 bit)

  • Ultimate: 128 GB
  • Enterprise: 128 GB
  • Business: 128 GB
  • Home Premium: 16 GB
  • Home Basic: 8 GB
So it's absolutely an i1525 limitation. On the other hand: almost every source
is telling about a max of 4GB though your i1525 has managed to handle 6GB!
That is 2GB above the max that Dell claims it can handle.
You can check with Piriform Speccy, Belarc Advisor and PC Wizard 2012 how
your 2GB and 4GB modules are handled by your i1525.
Success!

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Tonylmy
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RE: Inspiron 1525, Ram Upgrade Problems

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Can Dell make a Bios update to support up to 8gb for the Inspiron 1525?

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8 Krypton

RE: Inspiron 1525, Ram Upgrade Problems

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A BIOS update won't help.  The 4G limit is at the silicon level - the chipset supports only 4G of RAM

http://ark.intel.com/products/29821/Intel-82GM965-Graphics-and-Memory-Controller

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stefafron
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RE: Inspiron 1525, Ram Upgrade Problems

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Hi,

... so you mean it DOES work with a total of 6GB ? I would like to upgrade and I would be ok with 6. Thank you for sharing your experience.

S.

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Zain ul Hassan
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RE: Inspiron 1525, Ram Upgrade Problems

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Successfully updated my Inspiron 1525 to 6 GB Ram with Windows 10 .  Still have to try with 8GB Ram. 

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slowhands95128
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RE: Inspiron 1525, Ram Upgrade Problems

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Very interesting.  We may have found an unsupported feature of the Intel Chipset.  Their spec definitely says 4GB is the max.  Dell says the same.  But 6GB works apparently.  

What more can you tell us?   It sounded like 8GB crashed, but 6 GB ran through BIOS, at least.  What specific Brand of memory was used, and what were the specs.  Was it Hynix, Samsung, Micron, Elpida or ? What was the specific part number of the module, and of the RAM chips?   Was the 4gb RAM in the bottom or top slot?  Did it run reliably under the OS?   

I'd be interested in trying this if I knew what to buy.   Most of the 4GB RAM is $50+ per module, so I need to be fairly sure this has a chance.  Let us know more.  

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whswift2200
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RE: Inspiron 1525, Ram Upgrade Problems

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I have a similar situation as you, and similar timeframe.  currently have 3mb RAM... I assume this is in one slot, the other is open (I'll need to check).  I also assume getting 4mb RAM is going to be less $ than 3mb because more supply.  my question is:  will the machine access only 6mb of the 7mb of RAM, or will it see 7mb and say "does not compute"?  I suspect the latter and I'll need to go with 3mb.  BTW, running Win7SP1.

thx

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