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#1 ihateadware52792

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 06:36 PM

ok well i bought one stick of 128 MB SDRAM for my dell L700CXE (its a few years old) and its got 64MB of RAM...well heres the issue, the RAM i bought meets all the requirments and its the right kind (PC100) but after taking out the old stick, putting in the new (i did it RIGHT) and then finally turning on the power... the computer starts beeping and the light on the power button wont come on.. its like it started but it didnt actually start...
anyways i know i installed the stick correctly because i tried putting in the old 64 MB back in and it worked.. so i have no clue what went wrong.. like i said, the computer just beeps and wont boot up.
right now ive got the 64 back in the machine and its running fine but since its only 64 MB its painfully slow
please help :thumbsup: :flowers: :trumpet:

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 06:53 PM

compatibility isues.or bad stick, most likely compatibility
one of 2 things may work for you
1.try another name brand of memory
2.try flashing your bios with the newest flash>sometimes this cures some compatibility issues.

dells, from my experience, are like laptops when adding memory, they are very picky about the module. i just recently has the misfortune of doing the very same thing to 2 different dells, one a bios update worked, another, i had to order different modules from our supplier. it was picky
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Posted 02 April 2006 - 07:14 PM

whats BIOS??

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 08:52 PM

If it's a old P-II or P-III make sure you are using Low Density Ram. Also some RAM only works in an AMD system. It will say or be marked, "For Via chipsets Only!"
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Posted 02 April 2006 - 10:26 PM

I have to agree that it looks like a compatability issue, if you go to most any manufactuters site they will have a means of matching your RAM with modules of theirs which will be compatible. Most have a three step process to identify your RAM, they will ask what type of computer it is (desktop, laptop...), and for your make and model of your computer, or motherboard if it is a home build, and then show you a list of available modules which they will have tested for compatability with you computer.

You can also download Everest Home Edition, go to motherboard, then SPD to find out exactly what you have for RAM, it will tell everything you want or need to know.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4181.html

The BIOS is the basic input / output software that is part of the motherboard, the BIOS contains all the code required to control the keyboard, display screen, disk drives, serial communications, and a number of miscellaneous functions.

I would not flash the BIOS, it dosen't look like this is your problem, and I would try clearing the CMOS before I would go to the extreme of flashing the BIOS.

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#6 ihateadware52792

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 01:48 PM

ok well i looked in my computers manual, and it turns out that dell is very shcrewd, in that they want you to buy the ram FROM THEM... turns out i need DIMM DDR not SDRAM....

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 01:51 PM

You can still buy it other places.

Here is one:
http://www.crucial.com/

Use their wizard to tell you exactly what will work in your computer.

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 03:15 PM

well im currently looking on newegg, but ill try crucial.com , thanks enthusiast

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 08:27 PM

Here's a few more

http://www.corsairmemory.com/corsair/where...uy_results.html
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Posted 04 April 2006 - 06:32 PM

thank you very much enthusiast, im probably going to get the RAM from CRUCIAL, great site thanks!

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 08:53 PM

Any of the major manufacturers are good, its just that Crucial's wizard will tell you exactly what will work.

Once you know the specs of what you need you can get it from any major manufacturer and be confident.

Crucial does make an excellent product though.




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