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11-18-2008 07:21 PM - edited 11-18-2008 07:59 PM
If I install 4GB of ram in this laptop (I know HP doesn’t support it), the memory will test ok in the BIOS but Vista x86 will blue screen with PFN_LIST_CORRUPT. If I reduce the memory to 3GB (1 GB in slot closest to MB and 2GB in the other bank), Vista will run stable. Happens with G-Skill F2-5300CL4D-4GBSQ or Kingston KHX5300S2LLK2/4GR RAM.
I've tested this with BIOS versions F.34 (Current) and F.33. It would be nice if HP Compaq would update the Insyde BIOS to correct this issue.
I know that only 2.8-3.3 GB of memory is available for use by a 32-bit OS. A 32 bit OS has 4GB of address space available. Approx .7 - 1.2 GB of addresses are used for other hardware thereby leaving around 2.8 - 3.3 GB of addresses available for main memory. 64 bit OS would make all 4GB of RAM available to the OS though. I’m going to test the system with 4GB of RAM and Vista x64 this weekend to see if it blue screens as well.
11-19-2008 09:32 PM
After further testing, I found that the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Vista and Unbuntu 8.10 will not run on this model notebook if 4GB of RAM is installed. Vista blue screens with a PFN_LIST_CORRUPT message, the 64 bit version of Ubuntu crashes with an ACPI error and the 32-bit version of Ubuntu crashes with a large list of problems.
I have tested all of this memory with Memtest86 and have found zero errors. As such, I believe this limitation to be a result of a BIOS bug or a poor memory timing/voltage configuration setting in the BIOS that is not accessible to the consumer.
All of the operating systems will run if 3GB is installed (1GB in the slot closest to the mainboard and 2GB in the other slot - Note: OS will crash if 2GB is in slot closest to Mainboard). I have three of these notebooks each having 3GB of ram that run rock solid stable. I am using Kingston Hyper-X KHX5300S2LLK2 DIMMs.
While I understand that HP officially only supports running this notebook with 2GB of RAM and as such is under no obligation to address this issue, it would be nice if their engineers would fix it in a future update of the BIOS.
If your running a 32-bit OS, 3GB is close to maximum amount of memory that the OS can use (any thing more is a waste). However, a 64-bit OS can take full advantage of all 4GB.
11-20-2008 03:40 PM
Approx 3-4 weeks ago, I upgraded each of the three notebooks to 3GB of RAM.
I also replaced the hard drives with Seagate Momentus ST9320421AS 320GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache SATA2 ( 3.0Gb/s) drives. The original 160GB drive was SATA1 (1.5Gb/s). The Intel Matrix Storage Console shows that the new drive is running at SATA2 and the Windows experience index now reflects a 5.9 for the hard drive. The new drive is maintaining a consistent temperature of 39-40 Celsius even though it’s running at 7200 RPM.
Since upgrading these systems, each has been heavily used for production work for 4-5 hours each day (excluding weekends). During this time, we have yet to see a BSOD, hang or any other type of instability.
That said, I’ve also wiped out the HP Windows Vista installation that was overflowing with garbage software (which is fine as the preloading helps HP keep prices low) and performed a clean install of Vista Ultimate x86 using all of the latest drivers. This includes using the Chipset, Graphics and storage drivers downloaded directly from Intel. The remaining drivers I downloaded from HP.
Maybe the occasional problems that you are referring to are a result of HPs install image. They could also be a result of bad or low quality memory. Either way, I can only report that my experience with this model does not reflect that of yours.
Again, I am not upset with HP about this (Although it does color my view of their engineering prowess – It’s not an Intel Chipset and CPU limitation).
Because I did my research first, I purchased these knowing that HP only claimed support for 2GB of RAM in this system. However, you would never have found anything at the point of purchase or on the packaging to indicate this.
It would be “Nice” if HP would attempt to correct this issue in a future BIOS update. It would also be nice if HP would provide an unsupported avenue for enthusiasts to obtain a BIOS where the advanced chipset configuration settings were accessible. I would think that many would find this endearing.
11-20-2008 06:23 PM
Just a quick thought, maybe they don't put these details on the packaging because they assume the "average" customer isn't tech-savvy enough to look for that kind of info. Although I am sure I have seen the phrase "(expandeable to xx)" or "(upgradeable to xx)" appear on packaging or advertising for computers, next to the description of memory. I'm not sure I've seen it for this series, though.
IMO, the mfrs are behind the curve as far as their assumptions about the tech-savviness of their customers. Maybe it's because I spend a lot of time online so I encounter people with more experience, but I think that nowadays a lot more people who do not work in computers or IT are more tech-savvy than in the past. Not everyone can crack open a case and replace a card, but quite a few people understand hardware specs and can make intelligent comparisons, much more than, say, 10 years ago.
Still, your quest to see how far you can push the envelope with the C700 series is really only for the expert user, so I'm not surprised that this would be the kind of detailed information shared amongst people who really know exactly what they are doing. Good luck!
11-21-2008 05:39 AM
01-05-2010 05:51 PM
I have the C762NR laptop as well. Repaired it from when a friend completly destroyed every part basically.
I have 2x 2GB chips of memory. I know it states 2GB max Supported but is there a custom Firmware for the BIOS that will allow more then the 2GB? I am a heavy gamer and would like to utilize all my memory.
05-07-2010 01:38 PM
Okay- So I can confirm, 3 gb is the most this series will support. There was one guy on one forum somewhere with a c762 (I think), who reported 4 gb stable, with a clean install of vista 64 bit. Other than that everybody maxes out with 3 gb. Because the bios recognizes 4096 mb, and the chipset they put in these things in other series work with 4096 memory, it is a design flaw in the computer. I have tried ubuntu 64 bit, no boot, with 4, but no problem with 3. I am running out of ideas, and unless I can figure out a c700 series notebook that ships with 4gb, and has nearly all of the same specs, I am not even going to try flashing my bios to a different system bios.