Several previous threads emphasized the importance of having the bios RAM settings match the actual settings required by a systems RAM. Suspect that I have a system that does not correctly auto-detect the RAM settings (cpu usage spikes with a very light load.) I downloaded CPU-Z, as reccommended but haven't as yet searched out the settings for the installed RAM.
When I checked the bios to see the settings (before using CPU-Z) I was surprised to see that there was no provision to manually adjust the bios RAM settings.
Is there a utility for making such adjustments or am I stuck with what the system auto-detects?
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The computer in question is an Everex laptop (XT5000T) and it does indeed lock me out of the bios RAM settings. That's why I'm interested in a bios settings editor. (Sorry I didn't make that clear) I've talked to Everex about this and tech support offered to replace the RAM (and mentioned that he himself would probably replace it with Corsair). Are either of these alternatives possible or likely to help? If not sufficiently for a DAW then for internet access machine?
I knew that the TI firewire chips were necessary but although the Everex doesn't have them I thought I could workaround that using the Echo Indigo PC Card. But no, the Everex has an ExpressCard and the DuelAdaptor (as of this time) doesn't work with cards with an anti-static strip (such as the Indigo).
So it looks like the Everex will be my next internet access machine.
But just to be clear about the CPU utilization spikes, this was from in the 5 to 10% range to over 80% with no visible change: no new processes showing up in the task manager, no new programs launched, no tasks initiated in the running program, no print spooler running in the background, automatic updating turned off, not on an internal network, not on the internet, etc., etc., etc.
I'm concerned that even just for internet access this could be problematic.