Please help us with graphic card upgrade

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We have an awesome computer whose Motherboard is an MSi H310M PRO-VDH plus, it has been working flawkessly for a year now, with a Core i5 8400 coffee lake @ 2.8 ghz (six cores), two Adata 16 gb each Ram memories, an SSD western digital blue 3D nand of 512 Gb, and a 4 gb nVidia GeForce 1050 graphics card.

We purchased an upgraded graphics card, another nVidia but GeForce 3050 Rtx of 8 gb internal ram.

Windows 7 @ 64 bits were still recognizing 4 gb only on the graphics card; everything else worked fine but I can not let the Bios to recognize more than 4 gb on the nVidia GeForce 3050 graphics card, the problem is: if I turn on the setting on the Bios that allow to recognize more than 4 gb / minning of cryptocurrency, then, my computer simply doesn't Boot at all.

So I have to disable that setting in orden to get it to boot, but it limits the Graphics Card's capabilities to the half.

Trying to fix this problem, I already updated the Bios, which was 1.5 and now is 1.7 without any change on the behaviour.

Our system runs in Legacy Mode to enable Windows 7 @ 64 bits to run.

So, the question is: How could we let the Bios to enable the "more than 4gb on Graphics Card / mining of cryptocurrency" without having the No Boot problem?

Please Help 🙏
 

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you don't need to enable that option (abvoe 4G decoding) to recognize more than 4G VRAM on the graphics card. The option should only be enabled when you're doing mining (multiple VGA conncected to motherboard) or using coprocessor etc.
I think the problem is elsewhere. Any chance you can upgrade to windows 10 or 11 and make sure NVidia driver is up to date?
 
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Thank you for answering, I have the driver up to date and Windows 7 @ 64 bits, ultimate.

I don't find any other reason why the system only detects the half of the 8 Gb of memory on the nVidia GeForce 3050 besides that Bios setting that seems to limit to 4 Gb unless is enabled.

But everytime I enable it on the Bios, the system will never boot.
 
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Maybe if I install win11 to let the system bios be in UEFi Mode, instead of the actual Legacy CSM mode...

...I'll try formatting with win11 another HDD and report here the results.
 

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Maybe if I install win11 to let the system bios be in UEFi Mode, instead of the actual Legacy CSM mode...

...I'll try formatting with win11 another HDD and report here the results.
This is likely to be at least some of your issue. Hopefully this fixes it, but id use windows 10 instead of 11 for now.
 
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Update: I found that the "Speccy" program is the only one that tells me that the Graphics Card only has 4095 mb of memory, I tried with CPU-Z and it reports all the 8 Gb on the nVidia GeForce 3050 RTX

Could it be an issue with Speccy?
Which other program you recommend to read the true specs of my system?
 

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Update: I found that the "Speccy" program is the only one that tells me that the Graphics Card only has 4095 mb of memory, I tried with CPU-Z and it reports all the 8 Gb on the nVidia GeForce 3050 RTX

Could it be an issue with Speccy?
Which other program you recommend to read the true specs of my system?
Gpuz, cpuz and hwinfo64. Does it boot correctly now you are using uefi fully?
 
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I was unable to enable UEFi successfully, so I kept Legacy + CSM Mode on the Bios, in that way, my MSi h310m vdh-pro motherboard, boots fast onto win7 64 bit, flawlessly, otherwise it never boots.

Also, I can not enable the "more than 4 Gb memory" on the PCi express settings or it also prevents the system from booting.

Under windows, not all programs recognizes the 8 gb on the pci express graphics card, only 4 Gb the majority of softwares.

Also, I don't Know how many clocks to enable on the Bios' PCi express sertings, as it goes from 32 up to 256, now I'm using it on 128, halfway...

Any suggestion, , idea or comment will be welcome.
Best regards
 

laurence1211

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I was unable to enable UEFi successfully, so I kept Legacy + CSM Mode on the Bios, in that way, my MSi h310m vdh-pro motherboard, boots fast onto win7 64 bit, flawlessly, otherwise it never boots.

Also, I can not enable the "more than 4 Gb memory" on the PCi express settings or it also prevents the system from booting.

Under windows, not all programs recognizes the 8 gb on the pci express graphics card, only 4 Gb the majority of softwares.

Also, I don't Know how many clocks to enable on the Bios' PCi express sertings, as it goes from 32 up to 256, now I'm using it on 128, halfway...

Any suggestion, , idea or comment will be welcome.
Best regards
Honestly you need to go to windows 10, using 7 is just asking for trouble at this point and any suggestions i could make are geared towards using windows 10. You have to use csm mode if you have installed windows 7 in certain way.
 
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Thank you for your straightforward answer, which I really appreciate, how about using win 11 instead?

Personally, I Dislike win10 full of bloatware, so, How about upgrading to Win11?
 

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Thank you for your straightforward answer, which I really appreciate, how about using win 11 instead?

Personally, I Dislike win10 full of bloatware, so, How about upgrading to Win11?
Windows 11 isnt better than 10, i personally dont like it because its not ready yet. But upto you, as its your system.
 
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