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HP ProDesk 400 G4 SFF PCIe Issue with Memory

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HP ProDesk 400 G4
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I am having a strange issue with my HP ProDesk 400 G4 when I install a PCIe card into either PCIe slot, the memory is cut in half.  The system currently has 2 8gb dimms installed so without a PCIe card installed, the system has all 16gb and with a PCIe card it only has 8gb.  I have gone through the BIOS to see if there was possibly a setting that could cause this and have been unable to find anything, I also did a BIOS reset and still the system will only show 8gb available when a PCIe card is installed.  Any help to solve this would be appreciated.

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@swishnets -- some graphic adapter cards do NOT have any RAM on the card. What then happened is that your card has "borrowed" 8GB of your RAM, to use for video-processing, leaving only 8 GB for Windows to use.

 

Exactly which card do you have? You may need to purchase a different card that has its own RAM. Note that such "onboard" RAM usually is faster than the RAM on your motherboard, which is a "bonus" to you.

 

 

 

 

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Well actually I'm trying to install a 4 port Intel Nic.

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@swishnets -- open the Windows "Task Manager".  Click to the "Performance" tab.

How much RAM is showing as "used" ?

 

Are there any device-drivers for the NIC that you have downloaded & installed, or did the NIC come with a CD-ROM that contains some older (?) device-drivers?

 

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Yes, I have the drivers from Intel.  As far as the amount of memory that Windows shows I will need to install Windows on it to see if it is able to see all 16 gigs.  I know the bios only sees 8 of the 16 gigs when the nic is installed.

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@swishnets -- I will need to install Windows on it to see if it is able to see all 16 gigs.  

 

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As the image shows, open the Windows "Task Manager", and switch to the "Performance" tab, to see the RAM that is visible to Windows.

 

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I installed Windows last night and all it is showing is 8gb, just like the bios when the additional NIC is installed.  When I remove the NIC all 16 gigs are available.

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@swishnets -- so, we're back to your initial posting:

 

I am having a strange issue with my HP ProDesk 400 G4 when I install a PCIe card into either PCIe slot, the memory is cut in half.  

 

Does this happen if you install a different card ?

 

What happens if you start with 24 GB of RAM?  Still reduced TO 8 GB, or is it reduced BY 8 GB?

 

 

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