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3 of 4 DIMM slots not working


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#1 Remilia

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 09:57 PM

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I have this old HP Compaq d530 Small Form Factor PC that I got used about a year ago, and 6 months ago it's 3rd DIMM (RAM) slot stopped working, as in gave me 5 beeps on startup, which is this models beep code for a RAM issue. So I trial and errored until I pinpointed it to the 3rd slot malfunctioning. Then, a week ago, slots 1 and 2 also went dead. I have tried swapping the memory sticks with new ones that I'm sure work, as well as replacing the power source of my PC with a newer one that I know works, and cleaned the memory slots as best I could with compressed air, etc, and no dice: they still fail. The odd thing is, if I connect the 3 sticks into the slots after I boot up my PC (being grounded of course), both CPU-Z and SpeedFan (programs that can detect hardware) BOTH detect the 3 sticks, but alas, they go unused. The 4 memory sticks are all the same exact 256mbs and all made by the same company. I assume it's a mobo problem, as I got this PC used, but sadly, the stupid BIOS for this computer doesn't allow me to do things like adjust RAM voltage, etc. Now, I am trudging through windows XP with a measly 256mbs of RAM and ready to hang myself it's so slow. Any help would be greatly appreciated~

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 03:10 PM

you could try a contact cleaner on the ram slots ,like this stuff
http://www.polywater.com/typefd.html

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#3 Remilia

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 08:08 PM

Tried it already, along with compressed air as well, and it still acts up

There's an update to this problem: Today, I got a 512mb RAM stick from a different PC and put it into each of the slots of my faulty HP, and it actually works in slots #3 and #4, despite none of the other 256mb ones working in slot #3. ~.~ Now, it is working alongside a 256mb one in the slot that always worked (#4) for a total of 768mbs of RAM, which is passable for my purposes of this comp, but I'd still rather like to know wth is going on here, and how to fix it, since 1,280mbs of RAM would certainly be preferable

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 03:56 AM

i also use a pencil eraser[ i use a white ,they are suppose to be better ] to clean the ram connection .all i can think of sorry

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 05:33 AM

No need to be sorry, thanks so much for your input~ ^_- I'm positive it's a motherboard issue of some sort, be it the slots or something else; no fault of the RAM sticks themselves. And sadly, yes, I've tried the pencil eraser method, as well, and it didn't work either. Maybe some white out...?

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 06:17 PM

that should have read ,:
"i use a white one" ,"its not a pencil eraser ,its just a white eraser

good luck

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