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04-03-2016 08:49 PM
I am using a HP Z400 Workstation Xeon Quad-Core W3565 3.2GHz, 12GB (3x4GB), 1TB, DVDRW, Windows 7 Pro.
This the the model with 6 memory slots, so there was a possiblity for 24GB of RAM. When I populate the remaining slots 4, 5 & 6 with 4GB DIMM, I get errors on boot up for the newly populated slots. I am unable to configure for 24GB.
I did discovered that the DDR3's that I am using are non-ECC. The system has been running fine with the (3x4GB) setup. Is the non-ECC preventing the 24GB configuration from working?
Thanks for any help you can offer.
04-05-2016 06:50 PM
Yes it is.
It is not possible to install standard PC and server memory, I've never seen a system of any brand which supports such a configuration.
Officially, the Z400 supports only ECC unbuffered memory modules.
However, it will also run with standard DDR3 RAMs, unsupported only means that HP Customer Service won't help you.
There are some reports that even 8 GB Modules work, but that's another story, 24 GB runs fine.
Mixing different types of memory is generally a bad idea.
Use either ECC unbuffered (which is recommended) or non-ECC, preferably six identical modules.
DDR3 are relatively cheap, even those with error checking and correction.
04-09-2016 05:51 PM
I can install 3, 4 or 5 of the 4GB DIMMs with no errors, if I install the last DIMM in slot 2, I get the following errors on boot up:
209 - Memory warning condition (WARN_DQS_TEST) dertected slot CPU0 DIMM2
209 - Memory warning condition (rd dq dqs) dertected slot CPU0 DIMM2
203 - Memory module failed self test and failing rank was disabled slot CPU0 DIMM1
204 - Memory module failed and user rank was disabled slot CPU0 DIMM2
The service manual states the DIMMs to be installed in this order (numbering from right to left) slot
1,3,5,2,4,6. I have found I can populate skipping slot 2 and it works, however I don't know how much
this affects optimum performnce.
04-11-2016 08:22 PM
ok, at this point I assume you have checked each memory module in single mode.
If not, you should catch up on doing it because the next step is the last resort.
Apart from that, the RAM specs look fine.
So we need to find out if the memory subsystem is working properly...
first, remove the external power from the unit.
Remove all expansion cards, memory modules and connectors from the system board, then take the whole assembly out.
No need to dismount it, just grab the tray and pull it out.
Remove the battery, this will clear all BIOS settings including system time.
This is a brute method, but sometimes BIOS configuration data can become corrupted.
Look if there is any dust in the memory slot and clean it off.
Put the DIMMs into the memory slots and make sure they are seated properly.
This should be easy when you have the board right in front of you.
Then put the battery back in its socket, put the system board assembly back into the case and reconnect everything.
Install the expansion cards, connect the keyboard and monitor.
As soon as the power supply is fed with AC voltage, the system will fire up and do an extended power on self test.
Two error messages will appear soon, reporting that the system time is not set and the system settings are invalid.
Nothing to worry about, just don't forget to go into F10 Setup later to reconfigure the BIOS.
If the memory related errors still come up, the memory subsystem is very likely defective.
The only way to fix this is to replace the system board.
04-14-2016 07:33 PM
This is how this build was started with no cards installed, Bios updated to latest, BIOS reset, video added, HD added, RAM added, power added.
Thanks for trying.
Do you know at what point on POST the BIOS does a RAM ECC check?
I'm thinking it's related to the RAM being non-ECC.
04-14-2016 08:11 PM - edited 04-15-2016 08:32 AM
a memory module has a little ROM chip which tells the host system everything it needs to know.
Of course, using ECC unbuffered DIMMs would be the best way to go, but standard DDR3 RAM should also run fine.
Another thing you could do is to get the HP Vision Diagnostics Offline Edition and run it on your machine