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Decreasing Available Memory At Startup


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#1 zeos

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 08:34 PM

I'm new here so I'm sorry if this has been asked and answered, I tried searching but didn't have any luck.

I have a Dell 5150, running Windows XP Home Edition SP2. I have installed 2 sticks of 512mb memory. A few days ago while checking email I get the BSOD, I was in a hurry and didn't read what the problem was and just turned off my laptop and got on another computer. Next day when I start the laptop up I get an error message

Memory write/read failure at 10000380, read 00EF00FF expecting 00EF00EF
Decreasing available memory
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility


I hit F2 go into setup and my memory shows as 512mb now. I shut the computer off and swap the 2 sticks to opposite slots and restart the computer. Same message so this time I hit F1 and once windows starts I go to control panel system and see 512mb memory still. Again I shut the computer off only this time I swap out both sticks of memory with some spare memory I had, 2 sticks 256mb. Same message again, F2 and I go into setup and see 256mb. I have tried starting with 1 stick at a time and get the same message no matter which slot its in. So now I'm frustrated and decide to back up everything, fdisk, format and reload windows. Even on the restart while installing windows I still get the error. It just won't go away and I can't find anything, maybe I'm just missing something. Thanks in advance for any and all help.

(Moderator edit: moved post to more appropriate forum. jgweed)

Edited by jgweed, 31 August 2007 - 08:42 PM.


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#2 DaChew

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 09:07 PM

http://www.edgetechcorp.com/store/Products.../Inspiron/5150/

stick the original 512 back in and go into bios and make sure it's seen, save and exit

does your other memory have the same specs as shown on that web site?

Edited by DaChew, 01 September 2007 - 06:27 AM.

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 04:30 AM

My mistake I have an Inspiron 5150 laptop. I put the original 512 in and in setup it shows 256, like it only sees 1 stick. I'm back to running the 1 gig so I can at least have 512 of memory. Both my original 512 (2x256) and 1 gig (2x512)are exactly the same spec memory.

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 04:37 AM

Maybe trying a memory checker will help. Have a look at the Hard Drive & System Utilites section, here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 06:27 AM

link fixed to laptop specs

now does 1 stick still show as only half of the memory?

Edited by DaChew, 01 September 2007 - 06:28 AM.

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 03:48 PM

link fixed to laptop specs

now does 1 stick still show as only half of the memory?


1 stick of 512 shows as 512. I've tried the same stick in 1 socket it showed as 512 shut down and switched the same stick to the other socket it also showed as 512. 2 sticks of 512(1 gig) only shows as 512.

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 03:50 PM

Maybe trying a memory checker will help. Have a look at the Hard Drive & System Utilites section, here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html


Thanks I'll try and see what results I come up with.

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 06:10 PM

*bump*

Anyone have any ideas?

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 07:53 PM

are you sure there's not a bios setting that's doing this, in the past I have had to access bios and tell it to see the changes and save

can of worms tho and I thought was long gone on newer computers

update escd etc
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