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#1 typ61382

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Posted 02 October 2005 - 04:13 PM

I have an Inspiron 1100 that has two 128 sticks of RAM for a total of 256. That's not enough anymore, so I buy two 256 sticks of RAM from Crucial for a total of 512.

I used their memory advisor tool. I specifically bought two of: http://www.crucial.com/store/MPartspecs.As...s&WSPN=CT293232

All of the specs match the old ram. PC2100, DDR, 266, NON-ECC, UNBUFFERED, SODIMM.

But the upgrade failed.

The system fails to load with the new RAM - it just shuts right off. I have the newest BIOS installed. Likewise, the new RAM doesn't work if I only install one of them (and leave the second slot empty) or if I mix and match with the old RAM.

Is this a case of faulty RAM or compatability?

Micron, who made the RAM that came in my Dell system when I bought it, also apparently made the new RAM I bought.

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Posted 02 October 2005 - 06:30 PM

I know this will sound silly, but did you try to reseat the new RAM before you went to switching things around. The main reason for failed RAM (at least in my experince) is the RAM is not seated properly.
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Posted 02 October 2005 - 06:35 PM

I had both in aligned well and tightly.

That what you mean?

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Posted 02 October 2005 - 06:36 PM

Yep.
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