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Is It Worth It

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#1 ruphus


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Posted 18 May 2006 - 07:31 PM

Ok, I have a compaq 7QSM11 with AMD 1.3 g pross. 256 mb. ram"2x 128". Worked fine , went on vaca. few days whe I got home I turned it on ,it wouldn't boot i got an "autocheck" error. I opened it up and cleaned it thoroughly. I tried again and got error not enouph memory 56mb, so Iswitched slots now I get 175mb. System boots. My qestion could I possibly have 1 bad stick of ram,or is it more likely mobo? I'm going to computer show sat. The plan is to upgrade ram to 1g. P.S. I have read this might have to do with cmos battery? ANY help would be appreciated. P.SS I fogot to mention when prblem first occured comp. could not find dvd drive, cd burner did not work. Now cd works intermitently.

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 11:30 PM

CMOS battery is only $4 at Walmart, so at least try that. The CMOS battery can make you system act funny. What happens when you only place one module in at a time?
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Posted 20 May 2006 - 10:20 AM

Every PC over two years old that crosses my bench, gets a new battery.
I buy them from a battery supplier for just $1.20 ea., so it's really no big deal.
It's the CR-2032 coin type battery that you can find at most drug stores on their battery rack for about two bucks. In a crunch, I've run down to WallGreens and picked one up.

That way I know for sure, that if the PC does something goofy, it's NOT the battery.

When removing the battery to clear the CMOS memory, its a good idea to remove all power from the system and remove the battery and leave it out for about 20 to 30 minutes, before putting it (or a new one) back in.

If the ram sticks get dirty, your OS can get really crazy. Cleaning them on an older machine is something I do a lot. I recover several pieces of ram every year by just cleaning them.

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#4 ruphus

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 01:50 PM

Hi, I went to comp. show "market pro shows". Ipurchased 1 g. ram $80 power supply $10 CMOS bat. 5 for$5. Works great. I was going to upgrade ram anyway so for $15 Icouldn't go wrong. This will nice starter for 11 year old grandson. THANKS for input!

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