IF at one time it showed one amount, then all of a sudden did not show the same amount, I would sumise somthing is wrong with either the ram or the ram slot. if in system properties it is not showing the correct amount of ram " which it did before".
Even with Video delegated Ram the ram still will show in the system properties. My lap top has shared ram (512 meg) in it for the onboard Video but It still shows a full 4 gig installed within System properties.
Typically Bios does not keep the system from seeing Ram installed It just reserves it for preset uses.
As far as I remember, the only time Bios will report incorrect ram would be if it was designed that way from the begining.( it's not uncommon) In which case it would have never reported the proper amount to begin with.
Now, If you switched all ram cards then I would sumise it is possibly one of the Ram slots. If you are using the old ram as well it could be a bad card. The following steps will help you find or eliminate both possibilities.
To check Ram slots: Remove all but one card ( preferably one of the new ram cards),reboot and see if it lists proper amount of ram installed. if so move that ram card to the next slot, do so until you have tested all ram slots with the same ram card. If you find it shows incorrect amount of ram with one of the slots then it is a bad slot,and cant be fixed.
To check old ram : Now if all slots report the correct amount of ram and you are using one or more of the old ram, install one of the old ram cards. boot pc, if it lists the proper amount, that card is OK, do this for all old cards you are using.
I will gather you will either find a bad Ram card * yes they do die out after time* or possibly a bad ram slot. They too tend to give out in time. In some instances it could be both. You can use the bad slot * not recommended* but if you must, (I would recommend puting the bad card in it or the smallest ram card possible, if there are no bad cards) but it can have adverse issues by trying to run. especially when the PC tries to write/read to/from that perticular section of ram.
If by chance neither the ram nor slots are bad.. then you may try a CMOS battery. It may be getting weak and the bios could be misreporting the amount of ram installed. This is reaching for straws here but worth a try..other than that, I have no idea...
Hope this helps