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Award BIOS secrets or how to get full 4 GB of RAM

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

You may come across with a very annoying situation whereby your otherwise nice system won’t show more than 3.5 GB of RAM even though you have got 4 GB installed, or even more – granted you need a good 64-bit system to take advantage of that memory in the first place, but if BIOS won’t allow OS to see that memory then you will lose half a gig or more.

The trick is to use “H/w hole mapping” option and set it to Enabled in Award BIOS: this is present in Frequency/Voltage control submenu…only after you press secret key combination to show this option in the first place – Ctrl-Shift-F1, this the case on all of my NForce4 motherboards with AMD X2 CPUs. Information about solution to this problem is rather scarce, so I thought to post it here, enjoy your full 4 GB of RAM! :)

Longhorn and NTFS RAW filesystem shocker

Monday, February 26th, 2007

If you use Longhorn then you might come across with a rather disturbing situation whereby your NTFS formatted drives on other OSes like Windows XP will not have their filesystem recognised and instead will be marked as RAW – it is a shocker really that has no excuse whatsoever: thankfully it is possible to recover from this situation by just changing letter of the drive (it won’t get auto assigned), after that Longhorn mounts disk just fine. Say thanks for this solution to Corey Gouker, when I had this problem first time I just bricked it and promptly put disk back into XP machine where it was originally formatted. It appears that this “New Technology” File System has not actually been designed to be easily moved between machines, perhaps Microsoft should spend less money on developing rubbish like annoying paper clip and get on with solving the real problems like this one!