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.