The laptop is a Dell Vostro 1510. I was told that it had been having issues with lockups and hanging that is normally associated with overheating. A couple of us have checked the CPU fan, taken apart, and cleaned it, but it was still having issues. I ran the Dell Diagnostics on startup with both sticks initially and it was able to make it through 2 of the RAM checks before hanging. After that, I tried each stick individually (Both Samsung brand. 2GB 2Rx8 PC2 6400S 666-12-E3, 1GB 2Rx16 PC2 666-12-A3. It was running fine off of that before.) They both passed the 4 initial RAM/CPU tests before hanging. After putting the memory back in, the laptop decided it didn't want to boot up at all. No activity on the screen, but the battery light (at least I THINK it is the battery light.. little cylinder) flashes 3 times before it powers itself off.
I'm stumped so far. Any ideas? Unfortunately, I don't have other compatible memory to test it with right now.
EDIT: After removing the RAM and battery and letting it sit, it boots now, but still has a completely black screen. The NUM LOCK, CAPS, and Power button all light up and things flash like normal.
EDIT: Got it to boot up. Made it all the way through the loading screen and to the Vista desktop. Sat for about 2 minutes before it locked up. I noticed that the fan is not spinning anymore.
Edited by Kitsupra, 05 August 2010 - 01:55 PM.