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Hi all,


This is my first post here, so please be gentle.


I tried to upgrade my Dell Dimension 5150 desktop main memory from 1GB(512 * 2) to 3GB(512*2 + 1G * 2) and found that once the system is 3GB,


1. Cannot find the built-in Intel on-board nic anymore.

2. Random crashes, sometimes cannot even boot.


If I remove (512*2) making it 2GB and it's all fine and happy.


I was using JaZ 10.4.8 and then upgraded to 10.4.9 with combo upgrade package found in here.

It looks like the kernel issue. Is current patched kernel release handles memory more than 2GB?

My `uname -a` shows:


Darwin hackintosh 8.9.1 Darwin Kernel Version 8.9.1: Thu Mar 15 20:55:00 PST 2007; netkas: 792.18.15~1/RELEASE_I386 i386 i386


Thanks for help in advance.

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i'd never complain if i had 3gb of ram on my laptop! =X


and back to the post :


test the RAM individually, like post above mentioned, perhaps a RAM's broken, or not, check dell's website to check the maximum RAM for your desktop. perhaps it is unable to recognize cos maybe the limit's 2gb? (which i think is highly unlikely though, but...)


With Regards!

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I have the same box and put 3GB in mine as well and it runs just fine. It looks like you have a bad 1GB stick. Also, I would strongly suggest that you update the kernel. There has been major fixes to it and is now universal with 64-bit app problems fixed. I had alot of problems with that original kernel and my 5150 and essentially used the old 8.8.1/10.4.9 setup untl things got better.


Darwin Kernel Version 8.9.1: Sun May 6 17:37:57 UZT 2007; made by ToH:xnu-792.18.15/BUILD/obj/RELEASE_I386 i386 i386

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