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.