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Asus P5LD2 NIC & 4Gigs
I'm building a Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit box with:

Asus P5LD2 motherboard
3.0Ghz P4 processor
4 Gigs of memory
250Gig SATA hd
PCI-E Video card
550Watt PSU

I've successfully installed Windows Vista Ultimate and the first thing I noticed is that I only see 3.2Gigs of memory as opposed to the full 4Gigs. I've heard it's a setting in the BIOS that prevents me from using all 4, but I must be missing it because I can't seem to find it. Does anyone know where it is specifically?

The second problem is the built-in motherboard NIC is not getting an ip address on my network. I do get link-lights on my NIC and the colors are amber and green. In the motherboard manual there is no definition for amber but in my experience it's a duplex mismatch even though it connects at 100/Full and the green light on the right side of the NIC connector confirms that the NIC is connecting at 100/Full. I've tried a number of things, such as:

1) Bypassing the switch I'm on and going directly to the router and it gives the same response
2) hard-setting the ip address and hard-setting the NIC speeds and it still does the same thing
3) I've also popped in another NIC in the PCI slot and strangely enough it performs the same way
4) Downloaded the most current drivers for this NIC from the company website Marvell and experienced the same thing.
5) Updated the firmware on the motherboard the most current
6) Installed XP and it behaved the same way

I thought there was something whacked with the 'board so I RMA'd it with Asus. They sent it back to me a couple of days ago, I put it back together and I get the same thing. What's up? I've read some posts and people suggest that it could be the PSU, which is really strange since I just used this PSU in a previous XP box and it worked fine. Any other suggestions I can try?
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I think your network problem is too advanced for me. It looks like it's some problem with your NIC. Try seeing if you can access the router by typing in the browser.
There is a slim chance that it may be your PSU. Your PSU may not be enough to power your system. How many Watts is it? If you're unsure if you have enough, you should check out this site: eXtreme Power Supply Calculator v2.5
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