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#1 tbhfrank

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 06:57 PM

Need some assistance with a start up/blue screen error and ram. The hard drive crashed and was replaced with a 120 GB Western. System was reloaded with Windows XP and runs fine. With the exception of startup. On start up the Dell blue screen starts up, but goes directly to a black screen with request for F1 to continue or F2 to setup. Hitting F1 continues and the sys goes into Windows XP. Next issue is the RAM. The max in BIOS shows 256 mg. The memory shown below indicates 768, but the sys information with multiple tabs, owners information shows only 256 mg. Prior to the crash this sys had over 1 gig of ram, and worked fine. Not any longer. Dell will not assist as the warranty has expired. What is your first thought.

I have included sys information below. Is a new mother board in order or can I update the bios to recognize more ram? How do I eliminate the blue screen error?

Thanks

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Mainboard : Dell Computer Corp. 0N6381
Chipset : Intel i865GV
Processor : Intel Pentium 4 @ 2800 MHz
Physical Memory : 768 MB
Video Card : Intel Corporation 82865G Integrated Graphics Device
Hard Disk : ST3120814A (120 GB)
CD-Rom Drive : SAMSUNG CD-ROM SC-148A
CD-Rom Drive : HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8483B
Monitor Type : Dell Computer DELL E773c - 16 inches
Network Card : ADMtek AN983 FastNIC PCI 10/100 Fast Ethernet Adapter
Network Card : Intel Corporation PRO/100 VE Network Connection
Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.01.2600 Service Pack 2
DirectX : Version 9.0c

Manufacturer : Dell Computer Corporation
Mainboard : Dell Computer Corp. 0N6381
Bios : Dell Computer Corporation
Chipset : Intel i865GV
Physical Memory : 768 MB DDR-SDRAM
LPC bus : Yes
PCI Bus : Yes
AGP Bus : Yes
USB Bus : Yes
SMBus/i2c Bus : Yes
Bus HyperTransport : No
Bus CardBus : No
Bus FireWire : No

Dell Computer Corporation
Version : A01
Date : 24 August 2004
Address : 0xF000 on 512 KB
Copyright : Copyright © 1985-1988 Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
DMI Version : 2.3
Characteristics :
Flashable : Yes
Socketed : No
Functionality :
APM : Yes
ACPI : Yes
ESCD : Yes
PnP : Yes
PCI : Yes
ISA : No
AGP : No
USB : Yes
PCMCIA : No
Smart Battery : No
Boot Information :
Selectable Boot : Yes
CD-ROM Boot : Yes
PC Card (PCMCIA) Boot : No
I20 Boot : No
LS-120 Boot : Yes
1394 Boot : No
ATAPI ZIP Boot : No
Network Boot : Yes

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 07:24 PM

sounds like bios is wanting you to "save" the new hard drive

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4181.html

download and run everest home free edition

under computer/overclock
post the quick report but not the debug stuff at the end
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Posted 16 July 2007 - 09:45 PM

Thanks for the reply to the post, what will everest home free edition do?

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 09:50 PM

read the page, self explainatory
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Posted 16 July 2007 - 10:01 PM

EVEREST Home Edition © 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc. ]------------------------------------------------------------

Version EVEREST v2.20.405
Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/
Report Type Quick Report
Computer MFSTOWELL
Generator Owner
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
Date 2007-07-16
Time 22:59


--------[ Overclock ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CPU Properties:
CPU Type Intel Pentium 4
CPU Alias Prescott
CPU Stepping D0
Engineering Sample No
CPUID CPU Name Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 2.80GHz
CPUID Revision 00000F34h

CPU Speed:
CPU Clock 2792.91 MHz (original: 2800 MHz)
CPU Multiplier 21.0x
CPU FSB 133.00 MHz (original: 133 MHz)
Memory Bus 166.24 MHz

CPU Cache:
L1 Trace Cache 12K Instructions
L1 Data Cache 16 KB
L2 Cache 1 MB (On-Die, ECC, ATC, Full-Speed)

Motherboard Properties:
Motherboard ID <DMI>
Motherboard Name Dell Dimension 3000

Chipset Properties:
Motherboard Chipset Intel Morgan Hill i865GV
Memory Timings 2.5-3-3-7 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
PAT Enabled

SPD Memory Modules:
DIMM2: SpecTek 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (3.0-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz) (2.5-3-3-7 @ 166 MHz)
DIMM4: Mosel V826632K24SATG-D3 256 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (3.0-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz) (2.5-3-3-7 @ 166 MHz) (2.0-2-2-6 @ 133 MHz)

BIOS Properties:
System BIOS Date 08/24/04
Video BIOS Date 04/16/20
DMI BIOS Version A01

Graphics Processor Properties:
Video Adapter Intel 82865GV Graphics Controller [A-2]
GPU Code Name Springdale-G (Integrated 8086 / 2572, Rev 02)
GPU Clock

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 06:00 AM

While not real familiar with Everest, I don't see your hard drive anywhere - could be that (as DaChew says) the BIOS wants you to save the info on your hard drive.

Typically, there is an explanation just before the F1/F2 prompt appears - what does that message say?

The Everest report shows that you have 768 mB of RAM installed - 512 mB in DIMM slot 2 and 256 in DIMM slot 4 I'd suggest running this free memory test from a bootable CD: http://www.memtest86.com/
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 05:41 PM

HArd drive information


Storage:
IDE Controller Intel® 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive ST3120814A (111 GB, IDE)
Optical Drive HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8483B (48x/32x/48x CD-RW)
Optical Drive SAMSUNG CD-ROM SC-148A (48x CD-ROM)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Hard drive is a Seagate Ultra ATA/100 120 GB

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 07:36 PM

bios and windows see the drive fine, the problem is bios want you to go into setup(F2) go to where the drive is listed
or should be listed and then after checking that everything is right(maybe running autodetect) save and exit out
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 09:20 PM

I've done the F2 operation saved and exited, but when the system starts up the blue screen error comes up again. The message on the black screen say's OS enabled, max ram 256, hit F1 to continue or F2 to setup. Or something very similar to that language. What does the system really want?

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 10:04 PM

I've done the F2 operation saved and exited, but when the system starts up the blue screen error comes up again. The message on the black screen say's OS enabled, max ram 256, hit F1 to continue or F2 to setup. Or something very similar to that language. What does the system really want?

Found this about your error on Crucial's site
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If you receive a "Memory available limited to 256MB!" message after installing more than 256MB, enter BIOS and turn OS Install to OFF. Exit saving changes."
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Posted 18 July 2007 - 09:43 PM

I've actually tried that operation, it does not work and the system will not start up. In order to change the os back, the boot up disk must be used to get to the BIOS setup.

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 12:42 AM

OS Install to OFF

is the bios default setting

looks like bios settings are hosed
who added the ram?

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...en/SM/index.htm

might need to start over from scratch after reviewing documentation
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