Taking a break here from the latest marvelous adventure in computer land. Attempted a simple install of memory upgrade. Computer: Dell Optiplex GX110 with 384Mb SDRAM. Read the nice tutorial here on Memory upgrade, thanks, and I've done it before on several computers.
Checked Dell Specifications page & cleared to go with 512Mb of PC100 SDRAM:http://supportapj.dell.com/support/edocs/s...pecs.htm#memory
Checked New Egg & Mushkin #990107 PC100 256Mb memory matched specs & was suggested in Reviews:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx
Checked Mushkin Configurator & #990107 upgrade is correct memory, all agrees, good to go: http://www.mushkin.com/Memory/Configurator...x?systemid=5057
Installed 2 Mushkin 990107 memory sticks, made sure I was grounded, pushed in nice & tight, checked all, booted up. Got message on black screen of 'Too much memory' and 'System would adjust lower' or some silliness, 'Press F1 or F2'. Keyboard was dead [my fault] so had to shut down.
Removed & reinstalled new memory again, booted, got message that System Configuration was missing, Press F1 or F2 etc. Went for F2 to enter Setup, which indicated 256Mb was installed. I suppose that indicates 1 stick of the new memory was dropped out by system previously at 'Too much memory' message? Afraid to attempt any configuration changes I backed out, booted Windows, then shut down.
Reinstalled original 2 sticks totaling 384Mb memory and first boot the board only recognized 1 stick at 194Mb Total Physical, 126Mb Available in System Information. Shut down, tapped memory sticks in with an Estwing 32 oz. waffle head claw hammer and a #7 marlin spike, good & tight. Rebooted: System Info indicated Total Physical 384Mb, Available 136.85Mb. Dialed up, logged on internet and checked some info sites, System Information now shows Total 384, Available 195.97 to 215+ depending on how many websites open.
Bottom line: Please, what the heck am I doing wrong?
If I reinstall both 256's what should I do at black screen in F2 Setup so I don't cause total disaster? Been a real long time since I played doctor with BIOS.
Thank you much for any suggestions....
2000 Dell Optiplex GX-110, P3-847Mhz, 384 Mb SDRAM, Matsu 80GB HDD, XP-Pro SP3, Online Armor Pro 126.96.36.199, with Avast! Free, Super-Antispyware, Malwarebytes