View Full Version : Belarc Advisor unfortunately fallible

04-09-2004, 02:12 PM
I have used Belarc Advisor for years and found it excellent to be aware of what I have on/in my PC. However in deciding to add new RAM - the thread I started
http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/thread.jsp?forum=1&thread=50068] extra RAM[/url] helped make my decision.

Now before the increase Belarc Advisor showed
Slot bank 0 with 64 Mg
Slot bank 1 with 64 Mg
Slot bank 2 empty
Slot bank 3 empty

after installation it showed

304 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'BANK_0' has 256 MB
Slot 'BANK_1' has 64 MB
Slot 'BANK_2' is Empty
Slot 'BANK_3' is Empty

That was the theory but in practice when we opened the case there were only two slots - both with 64 Mg. There were definitely no slot banks 2 or 3.

Fortunately I had bought a 256 Mg stick so we took out 64 Mg and replaced.

All worked out fine and I was tremendously relieved. However the info from Belarc is worrying - is there some logical explanation perhaps ?

Anyway thanks again to all those who commented in the thread above. I started to write the names but there were so many. Such a cooperative effort !!

Got the three USB port installed too.

All small matters to most of you but a significant thing to me.
Misty :) :)

>>>PS - there is a 64 Mg stick available free to any PressF1 member who wants it. Probably help if you live in Auckland !>

04-09-2004, 07:09 PM
My interpretation is:

A "bank" is a side of the RAM stick.
1 stick has 2 sides possible. so 2 banks, 2 sticks could have 4 banks.

Single sided RAM shows up as all on 1 bank though.

Double sided RAM would give 1/2 the amount on each of 2 banks, if using 2 double sided sticks, then 4 banks would show all adding to the total of what was installed.

You are using single sided RAM though by the look of it, so only 2 banks show. Thats quite normal I suspect.

Now, was there a question? As there doesn't seem to be a problem?

04-09-2004, 08:50 PM
For info on my computer Berlac still advises
Slot A0 has 512MB
Slot A1 has 256MB
Slot A2 is empty
When I went to upgrade found there were only 2 slots as stated in the motherboard manual
Everest Home Edition now lists DDR SDRAM as follows
512 MB 2 rows and 4 banks
256 MB 2 rows and 4 banks.
Just an annoying bug in Berlac which was one of the reasons I went to Everest.

04-09-2004, 09:11 PM
Me too
Can be downloded from
here (http://www.lavalys.com/products/eapm.php?pid=1&lang=en&pageid=2)

04-09-2004, 09:24 PM
Not trying to hi-jack the thread, but it does relate to a query I've had in the back of my mind for a while.
I have Aida32, which I'm told has been superseded by Everest.
So, logically, I should uninstall one & install the other -Yes?
Or does Everest sit happily on top of Aida?
I'm happy to change if there are no fishhooks involved, but haven't found anything wrong with Aida - in my very limited experience - and if it ain't broke etc...
Advice, please, from the experts.

04-09-2004, 10:11 PM
Neither Aida32 or Everest do not require installing as they operate from their own directories. No problems there, apart from trying to run both at the same time instead of one after another.
As for changing, you run into the problem of AIDA32 no longer being updated with the identities of the new motherboards and components. So eventually, it will not recognize the new equipment coming in. Apart from that, it will still recognize components before it was discontinued.

04-09-2004, 10:30 PM
Thanks, Pheonix, for your helpful information.

So if I understand you correctly, continuing to use Aida is fine, unless I add some new hardware ( or some new software developed since it ceased being updated).

But as Everest is a completely separate system which is more up to date on both hardware & software, I'd be better off to download that & dump Aida32 because it's stuck in the past?

Have I got that right?

05-09-2004, 11:32 AM
Just to reiterate:

Banks are the BIOS' logical form of addressing RAM. In the old days, each RAM stick was a bank, and you needed two identical sticks to get it to work. For a while, each RAM stick had two banks in it - so you only needed one stick of each sizing.

That's a bit different now. I'm not sure about modern RAM, but I know that up till DDR each side of the RAM was a separate bank - though Godfather is almost certainly right, modern DDR's double and single sided varieties may affect this.

In some motherboard, the term "bank" is used to mean each slot, but the BIOS is given the ability to address more slots than it has. It is also logical, as I've seen it before, to order the RAM like so:

Slot one:

Slot two:

05-09-2004, 12:14 PM
Yes Laura. Just depends what you use it for. I use it on clients PC's before doing any work, therefore have a list of components if a driver should be removed. Therefore, I like it up to date as possible.

05-09-2004, 09:09 PM
Thanks Growly - I think I understand that. Furthermore - life with computers will never be simple !
Misty :|

06-09-2004, 12:23 AM
what's happening with your spare ram??


06-09-2004, 12:23 AM
Hint Hint

(give it to meeee!)

07-09-2004, 09:11 PM
Hi Agent _24
Sure you can have the RAM. I don't have a hotmail or yahoo address (tried, but was the only person in the universe to stuff it up !).

If you have a hotmail address or similar could contact you there and give you details of where you can pick up, either at my home North Shore or at work in the West.

Failing that - if you have contact with Chilling Silence he has my contact details.

12-09-2004, 08:04 PM
Hi Agent 24
Sorry to have been so late in replying - Mrs Misty and I have been down in Taranaki for the last four days. I have just sent you an email to suggest options for arranging.

PS - we enjoyed two meals of whitebait whilst in Taranaki - fritters with bread and butter - deeelicious !!! :D